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Expanding on removing Windows 8 apps

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 in Powershell (Views: 2079)
As soon as I saved the blog, a friend said "What if I have a list of apps?"

So, to add to the previous blog... Here is how you can create a list of apps, then remove them in PowerShell. Separate each app with a comma.

$AppList="Microsoft.BingMaps","Microsoft.XboxLiveGames"

ForEach ($App in $AppList)
{
$Package=Get-AppxPackage | Where-Object {$_.Name -eq $App}
Remove-AppxPackage -Package $Package.PackageFullName
}

I learned here that an app may not appear to “Unpin” right away. A simple refresh of the screen will actually resolve this. So, don’t panic if it is still there, clicking on it will do nothing for you. I noticed this with Games, but Maps went away immediately every time.

If you simply want to test, use -WhatIf in Remove-AppXPackage. It will produce this output, for testing...

What if: Performing the operation "Remove package" on target "Microsoft.BingMaps_2.1.3230.2048_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe".
What if: Performing the operation "Remove package" on target "Microsoft.XboxLIVEGames_2.0.139.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe".
Again, happy scripting.

 

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