Devices come pre-installed with a lot of applications. Some of these are system applications and are crucial to the running of the devices, but others may be considered useless because the user may never have to use them during the lifespan of the device. These are called bloatware. Windows 10 Debloater is a very effective free tool used to get rid of them.
Why should You use Windows 10 Debloater?
Windows 10 comes with an easy uninstall process. For most apps on the start menu, simply clicking for long or right-clicking gives the option to uninstall. While this method works for a number of apps like the weather app, Netflix, Skype, etc, there are some apps that will not just be easily uninstalled.
These hard to get rid of apps will require the use of power shell scripts. This implies that only a tech-savvy user will be able to navigate through this. Optionally third-party tools like Windows 10 Debloater get rid of your bloatware without much computer expertise.
Step-By-Step Process To Use Windows 10 Debloater
Step1:- Download Windows 10 Debloater binaries from github. You will have to click on the green “Clone or Download” button. It downloads as a zip folder and would need to be extracted.
Step 2:- Before this script can work on PowerShell, you will have to configure PowerShell to execute unsigned scripts. To do this, to do this run PowerShell with admin privileges and run the script –
Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Force
Read our Guide Run Powershell as an Administrator
Step 3:- Using the «cd» command, change directory to where you have the file and run the command –
Step 4:- On PowerShell, you will receive a prompt –
“Run only scripts that you trust. While scripts from the internet can be useful, this script can potentially harm your
computer. If you trust this script, use the Unblock-File cmdlet to allow the script to run without this warning
message. Do you want to run C:\windows\system32\Windows10DebloaterGUI.ps1?
[D] Do not run [R] Run once [S] Suspend [?] Help (default is “D”): r
The folder C:\Temp\Windows10Debloater doesn’t exist. This folder will be used for storing logs created after the script runs. Creating now.”
Click R after the prompt and immediately a graphic user interface will appear.
Step 5:- Next, you could click on the “Remove all Bloatware button“. This immediately starts the process of getting rid of all unnecessary tools on your Windows 10 computer.
Alternatively, you could get rid of bloatware by using the “Remove bloatware with customized blacklist” option.
NB: Sometimes, some software that you remove as bloatware may be really useful. This tool comes with an option for recovering software that has been removed. In this case, you will have to use the “revert registry changes” button.
Windows 10 Debloater Optional interface
Other than the main keys for debloating your Windows 10, this tool’s GUI interface comes with some optional buttons.
These buttons include:-
- Disable Cortana
- Stop Edge PDF Takeover
- Uninstall OneDrive
- Unpin Tiles from Start Menu
- Enable Cortana
- Enable Edge Takeover
- Disable Telemetry/Tasks
- Remove Bloatware Reg Keys
- Enable Dark Mode
- Disable Dark Mode
- Install .Net v3.5
The optional buttons will not perform a full bloatware removal but are customized for particular apps. One cool feature is the capability to instal version 3.5 of the .Net Framework using this tool.
In all this tool is a very complete tool and it is about the best free option for taking off bloatware from your computer. It is also open source and gives the added advantage of understanding and seeing its workings.