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How to remove bloatware from Windows 10

Windows 10 Not the latest OS for PC, but it is absolutely capable and, of course, full of inconveniences. In this article, we will show you some cool tricks to remove those annoyances out of the box (also known as bloatware) that Windows throws at you, especially for Windows Home users.

Let’s jump.

Get rid of bloatware

When you buy a new PC, it often comes with a Windows license and a Windows installation full of bloatware. On that day, I engaged looking at some laptops installed in some friends’ office. They all had Start menus full of bloatware. My friend was unhappy and suddenly we found ourselves in a teachable moment. I will share with you what I shared with them.

1. Once you get your PC, look at the apps

Get started by just looking at the apps in your search bar. You will be surprised that even a simple installation of Windows 10 often comes with trash like Candy Crush Friends Saga, Candy Crush Saga, and Cooking Fever.

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2. Uninstall apps

The best thing to do is to uninstall these apps. In the search box, start typing “add” and the option to add or remove programs will appear. Click it.

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Once you go to Settings in the search bar, be sure to click on the third option under Get quick help from the web.

3. Find the annoying app and tap to hide it

Scroll down to the offending app, tap on it, and tap Uninstall. Do this with every bloatware app.

If you don’t see the app listed under Settings…

Sometimes, you won’t find the app listed in the apps settings and features panel. In these cases, you may be able to right-click the menu item and select Uninstall.

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Use apps instead of removing apps manually

Using all bundled apps can be time consuming and unnecessary manual work. So, as in many cases, there is an app for that. Bulk Uninstall Tool or PC Decrapifier These are some of the apps that can help, but uninstalling annoying apps usually gets the job done just fine.

Risks of using apps

The dangers of using a third-party uninstaller are explained quite clearly by the file Always-in-problem CCleanerFrom Avast was last month’s favorite privacy infringer.

See also: Avoid crapware for Windows 10: How to get rid of Candy Crush and all that’s left

Disable Start Menu Ads

It helps that Microsoft calls the ads you paste into the Start menu “Suggestions.” Once you know that this “feature” is another compelling annoying bundler element, you can turn it off.

  1. Type “suggestions” in the search box

To find and disable this feature, type “suggestions” in the search box, then click “Show suggestions occasionally in the start menu.”

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You can also write your request directly: “Show suggestions occasionally at first”

2. Off

After selecting “Show suggestions occasionally at first”, simply click on the blue button and the “On” status should be toggled to “Off”. Then, voila…no more annoying ads!

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Remove tiles from the start menu

If you’re like me, it’ll give you Start Menu tiles Windows 8 nightmares. On my Windows installations, one of the first things I do is to remove them all.

Doing so is very easy, just uninstall…

Untie what is unwanted

For each box you want to remove, right-click and select Unpin from Start.

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Once you do this with all the boxes, you’ll have a Start menu that looks and feels the way your Start menu should look.

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So here you are. Fast, clean and easy. Let me know what you use to clean your Windows 10 installations. If you find a terrible piece of crab software, let us know below too, so we can all share your pain.

Basically, bloatware is an umbrella term for all the unwanted and pre-installed applications that take up space, battery power, and storage on your computer. Unfortunately, many of these programs download with your computer and may include applications such as QuickTime, CCleaner, and Adobe Flash Player.

If you bought a new computer, your device is likely to be a victim of bloatware. With a simple scan and swiping through the search bar and app list, you can check (at any time your laptop is being used – not just when the device is new) and see if there are any apps you haven’t installed manually that you don’t use on a daily basis. These unfamiliar apps are most likely bloatware that you should get rid of.


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