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There may be a reason why you want to uninstall the integrated Windows 10 Photos application that is installed on your PC. However, if you open Settings > Applications, you will notice that the uninstall option is grayed out. We do not recommend that you delete the built-in UWP application if you insist on deleting it, but here is a quick guide to help you delete the Photos application from Windows 10.
The new Photos application is not only an image viewer, but also provides basic tools for editing and optimizing images. It allows you to add various effects and filters to your photos. The Photo application allows you to crop, rotate, smooth and retouch your photos. The application also allows you to remove red-eye from images.
Microsoft Photos App is an application integrated into Windows 10 that allows you to view and edit your photos and videos. From time to time, you may want to uninstall the Photos app, for example if it does not work properly. Unfortunately, you cannot uninstall the applications normally integrated with Windows 10, so you will need to uninstall the photo application with Windows PowerShell. Here are the steps.
How to uninstall the Windows 10 Photos application with Powershell
- Close the Photo application if you have just opened it.
- In the Cortana/Windows Search box, type powerhell.
- Click on’Windows PowerShell’ when it appears – right-click and select’Run as administrator’.
- In the PowerShell window, type the following command (tip: Copy and paste saves errors)
- Download AppxPackage *Photo* | Delete AppxPackage
- The message “Progress of the deployment process…” appears temporarily. When this happens, the uninstallation is complete.
- The Photo application has now disappeared and the Windows Photo Viewer software is now used to open your images.
Step 1 – Also open Windows PowerShell as an administrator.
Step 2 – Type the command: get-app-app-appxpackage *photo* and press Enter. This command searches the package file of the Windows 10 Photos App application.
Step 3 – Locate the line beginning with PackageFullName and copy the full name (“Microsoft.Windows.Photos_2018.18081.14710.0_x64__8wekyb3d8d8d8bbwe” in my case).
Step 4 – Type the following command and press Enter. A message “Deployment progress…” appears temporarily and, if it disappears, the uninstallation is complete. The changes will take effect immediately and you will notice that the Windows 10 Photos application has disappeared.
It must be said that we do not really recommend uninstalling integrated universal applications. These applications take up very little space on your device, so it is best to ignore them if you do not want to use them.
Again, the only real advantage is that you can easily purge your Start menu. It is also likely that future updates (especially larger updates) may reinstall these applications.
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