2 easy ways uninstall your programs using PowerShell

How to uninstall your programs using PowerShell

You can easily uninstall the apps on your PC using the PowerShell. Here's how:

  1. You can uninstall the in-built apps using the Get-AppxPackage *programName* | Remove-AppxPackage command.
  2. Second method to uninstall your apps is through the $MyApp.Uninstall() command.

 

Are you facing any difficulties in uninstalling your computer programs in the usual ways? Or  maybe you simply don’t want to do it the old way, and instead want to try a different method. Luckily, there are plenty of non-conformist ways to do that. One of the simple ways to uninstall your program is through the Windows PowerShell. Here’s how.

1. Use PowerShell

The PowerShell is a task automating program that consists of a command line shell, scripting language, and a management structure which helps you manage your system.

Built on top of .NET framework, PowerShell was introduced back in 2006 and has been going strong since then. Interestingly, you can also uninstall your in-built programs with the PowerShell. Here’s how.

  1. Head to the Start menu search bar, type in ‘powershell,’ and run the PowerShell as an admin.
  2. Pick and type any of the command from the list below and uninstall your app for good.

Camera: Get-AppxPackage *windowscamera* | Remove-AppxPackage

Get Office: Get-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage

Calendar and Mail: Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage

News: Get-AppxPackage *bingnews* | Remove-AppxPackage

OneNote: Get-AppxPackage *onenote* | Remove-AppxPackage

People: Get-AppxPackage *people* | Remove-AppxPackage

Get Started: Get-AppxPackage *getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage

Groove Music: Get-AppxPackage *zunemusic* | Remove-AppxPackage

Maps: Get-AppxPackage *windowsmaps* | Remove-AppxPackage

Get Skype: Get-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage

Calculator: Get-AppxPackage *windowscalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage

Microsoft Solitaire Collection: Get-AppxPackage *solitairecollection* | Remove-AppxPackage

3D Builder: Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage

Alarms and Clock: Get-AppxPackage *windowsalarms* | Remove-AppxPackage

Money: Get-AppxPackage *bingfinance* | Remove-AppxPackage

Movies & TV: Get-AppxPackage *zunevideo* | Remove-AppxPackage

Phone Companion: Get-AppxPackage *windowsphone* | Remove-AppxPackage

Sports: Get-AppxPackage *bingsports* | Remove-AppxPackage

Voice Recorder: Get-AppxPackage *soundrecorder* | Remove-AppxPackage

Weather: Get-AppxPackage *bingweather* | Remove-AppxPackage

Xbox: Get-AppxPackage *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage

Photos: Get-AppxPackage *photos* | Remove-AppxPackage

Store: Get-AppxPackage *windowsstore* | Remove-AppxPackage

For example, we've uninstalled the Xbox app here, as shown in the picture below.

powershell

That's it. Type in any of the above command and hit Enter. Your app will be uninstalled and removed in a few seconds.

2. $MyApp.Uninstall()

An alternate method to the above setting, you can uninstall a program with the help of the $MyApp.Uninstall() command. Before you can use this command, though, you’ll have to get the list of all the installed apps. This is important because you need to have the exact name of app, as understood or stored in the PowerShell. Here’s the correct command for that:

Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Product | Select-Object -Property Name

You’ll have a huge list of commands after a few seconds.

The second step in this process is to spot the application you want to remove. Then, you’ll have to create a variable and map it to the app you wish to remove.

$MyApp = Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Product | Where-Object{$_.Name -eq “Some App"}

Replace ‘Some App’ with the real program you’d like to uninstall. Now, the value of your app is stored in the MyApp variable. To finalize the uninstallation, run the following command and hit Enter:

$MyApp.Uninstall()

Do this and your program will be successfully installed through PowerShell.

Uninstalling Windows apps through the PowerShell

The PowerShell is a handy utility that can help you get more control over your PC. Removing your PC apps is only one, and perhaps one of the easiest ways to use this free Windows tool. We've covered a host of guides about PowerShell over the years—everything from creating PowerShell scripts on Windows 10 and Windows 11 to enabling Hyper-V through PowerShell is at OnMSFT. So don't stop now, checkout Microsoft's in-depth article on PowerShell to get a rounded idea about this handy utility.

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