Today’s Windows Tip

get-provisionedappxpackage -online | remove-provisionedappxpackage -online -allusers

The above, when run from an elevated powershell session, will surgically remove any “provisioning package” content from your Windows 10 install.

“Provisioning Packages” are collections of information (apps, settings, account information, etc.) that are typically found on pre-built computers. For example, the Omen 30L I recently bought included a half dozen or so HP applications of dubious worth along with MacAfee and other assorted cruft.

If you mix this with the DeBloater script found (here), this will make Win10 a lot more livable.

The above script removes the following “super useful shovel-ware” from your Win10 installation:

3DBuilder, ActiproSoftware, Alarms, Appconnector, Asphalt8, Autodesk SketchBook, MSN Money, Food And Drink, Health And Fitness, Microsoft News, MSN Sports, MSN Travel, MSN Weather, BioEnrollment, Windows Camera, CandyCrush, CandyCrushSoda, Caesars Slots Free Casino, ContactSupport, CyberLink MediaSuite Essentials, DrawboardPDF, Duolingo, EclipseManager, Facebook, FarmVille 2 Country Escape, Flipboard, Fresh Paint, Get started, iHeartRadio, King apps, Maps, March of Empires, Messaging, Microsoft Office Hub, Microsoft Solitaire Collection, Microsoft Sticky Notes, Minecraft, Netflix, Network Speed Test, NYT Crossword, Office Sway, OneNote, OneConnect, Pandora, People, Phone, Phototastic Collage, PicsArt-PhotoStudio, PowerBI, Royal Revolt 2, Shazam, Skype for Desktop, SoundRecorder, TuneInRadio, Twitter, Windows communications apps, Windows Feedback, Windows Feedback Hub, Windows Reading List, XboxApp, Xbox Game CallableUI, Xbox Identity Provider, Zune Music, Zune Video.

It also stops the XblGameSaveTaskLogon, XblGameSaveTask, Consolidator, UsbCeip, DmClient scheduled tasks, which serve no real purpose for the average user and in fact increase the data privacy of the OS if they aren’t running.