Windows 10 automatically installs Spotify and other apps after update

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read
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Sometimes it seems that Windows 10 has a will of its own. Many users already reported that the OS simply ignores their custom settings and performs various actions that they initially wanted to block, such as automatic update installs.

A new wave of complaints recently revealed that Windows 10 is at it again. This time, the OS is reportedly installing various apps from the Microsoft Store without user consent.

I never installed Spotify. Windows 10 automatically installs apps from the Windows 10 Store.

Indeed, many users reported that their computers got Spotify installed automatically after installing the latest Windows 10 updates.

As a quick reminder, Microsoft killed Groove Music a while ago and replaced it with Spotify. Most likely, the company pushed Spotify to those Windows 10 users who didn’t migrate to Spotify.

Speaking of migrating your Groove Music files to Spotify, check out this post for a step-by-step guide on how to do that.

How to uninstall forced installed Windows 10 apps

This is not the first time that users complained about forced app installs. Fortunately, you can quickly fix this problem by running these PowerShell commands:

  •  Get-appxpackage -allusers *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like “*xboxapp*”} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online

Note: You need to replace *xboxapp* with the name of the app that you want to remove.

Have you installed the March Patch Tuesday updates on your Windows 10 machine? Did you also receive Spotify alongside regular updates? Let us know in the comments below.

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