Proof that Windows 10 won’t let users uninstall bloatware

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read
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Windows 10 is one of the most popular operating systems in the world, but it’s far from perfect. For example, many users have criticized Microsoft’s privacy and telemetry policy. Speaking of complaints, new reports suggest that Windows 10 won’t let users remove bloatware from their computers.

More specifically, Insiders who installed Windows 10 build 17666 tried to uninstall Buble Witch Saga and Autodesk Sketchbook but the apps kept reappearing, as you can see in the screenshot below.

Hopefully, this is only a bug in the OS code and Microsoft will fix it by the time it releases the final version of Redstone 5. Bloatware issues are present on all mainstream Windows 10 versions. On the other hand, LTSB users can consider themselves lucky, as this problem doesn’t seem to affect their computers.

Tired of Windows 10’s bloatware, many users created a series of PowerShell scripts to remove the bloatware that Microsoft often cakes into Windows 10. Speaking of which, many users recently complained that Patch Tuesday updates forcefully installed Candy Crush on their computers. As we stated in a previous post, there is actually no permanent solution to remove Candy Crush games from your Windows 10 computer. There is indeed a list of workarounds that you can use to temporary remove game bloatware from your machine, but the miracle will last until the next update.

Could Redstone 5 remove bloatware for good?

Following major user complaints about user data privacy infringements, Microsoft decided to add new privacy settings in the Windows 10 April Update so as to grants users more control over their personal data. Now, the question is: Will Microsoft adopt the same approach in regards to bloatware?

We don’t have a clear answer to that question but judging by the latest privacy strategy changes, this could well happen. If Microsoft decides to remove bloatware completely from Windows 10, this will help the company gain more trust from users.

Have you ever tried to get rid of bloatware but the respective apps and programs wouldn’t go away? Tell us more about your experience in the comments below.


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