Some Windows 10 default apps can’t be uninstalled

By: George Finley
2 minute read

Similar to how a mobile device would come pre-loaded with applications that serve one purpose or another, Microsoft’s Windows 10 comes with stock applications that cannot be deleted. This permission has suffered multiple changes since Windows 10 has been released, but only on the Windows Insiders platform.

In a previous build of the Windows Insider platform, users discovered they were granted the ability to delete certain stock apps that couldn’t be previously. Some of these apps include the Xbox app, OneNote, the apps for Mail, Music, Movies and TV and Calendar, and even the audio playback player Groove Music.

This feature could have been a useful one for many Windows 10 users because these apps would just occupy space if they weren’t being used. Having the option of deleting them should have been implemented from the get-go. It seems, however, that this feature didn’t make it through the beta testing phase because in a more recent build it was removed.

The more recent build comes without the permission of uninstalling those apps and if you look for the uninstall option, it is grayed out and unavailable. There are plenty of users that haven’t opened the Xbox app a single time since installing Windows 10, so there is no point for them to have it. Microsoft doesn’t see it that way, though, and people will just have to continue housing the Xbox app and all the other aforementioned apps on their computer.

When asked why the feature was removed after being introduced in an earlier build, a Microsoft representative went on to remind everyone that the Windows Insider program is a platform for testing and tuning the operating system, looking at what works and what doesn’t work as far as resonating with the community goes.

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