Both Windows 10 and Windows 11 include a wide selection of Microsoft programs that cannot be uninstalled neither by going to the applications section in the Settings, nor from the Control Panel.
And while you can uninstall a lot more now than you could in the early years of Windows 10, there’s still a good chunk you’re just stuck with. If you want to get rid of most of those unwanted apps in the simplest possible wayyou can try a tool like O&O’s AppBuster.
Delete all the programs you don’t want from Windows 10 and 11
O&O AppBuster is a free app that is easy to use and extremely lightweight. The .exe file weighs just over 1 MBbecause honestly it would be ridiculous for it to take up too much disk space if it’s just to get rid of things that eat up storage space and that you don’t use.
It is also a portable application, which you don’t need to install itsimply run the file that you have downloaded and immediately the tool will scan your Windows installation in search of all the programs that you can uninstall.
on that list you will see things that you will not see appear in the Control Panel itself and that simply do not offer the option to be removed from the Settings. You can select everything that appears on the list and in a couple of clicks get rid of everything.
The tool also gives you the option to create a restore point before you start uninstalling things. Something recommended since since you can delete even hidden and “essential” system apps like the Microsoft Store itselfmaybe you could regret it later.
When selecting the apps that you are going to delete, you will be asked if you want to do it for only your user or everyone. You will also be shown a huge warning recommending to create the restore point. Once you have accepted everything, O&O AppBuster uninstalls everything in a few seconds and you no longer have to do anything.
An earlier version of the article was published in 2021.