Windows 10 has introduced many cool features, including Xbox integration for gamers. However, not everyone is a player. That didn’t stop Microsoft from including it for everyone, however. If you have tried to remove Xbox, you may have noticed that there is no uninstall option. The good news is that you are not stuck with this. There is another way to delete the application.
Purpose of the Xbox app
The Xbox app has become the benchmark for all players playing between Xbox and PC. The application offers a variety of features, such as remote play, the use of game captures, chatting with friends, etc.
For those who do not use the application and will never do so, this is just another piece of bloatware that takes up space on your Windows 10 PC. XBox is one of the many universal applications that Microsoft guess everyone wants it. It’s a bit like all the apps that the mobile manufacturers install on the devices that people end up rooting their phones to remove.
Remove Xbox from Windows 10
While it’s easy to remove most apps from “Add or Remove Programs”, you don’t have an uninstall option for Xbox. Instead, you should take an alternative approach using Windows PowerShell. Although it looks like the command prompt, it works a little differently.
The process is quick and shouldn’t be a problem with your PC. However, it is always a good idea to back up your files just in case.
To start, open the Windows Start menu and type “PowerShell”. You do not need to see a search bar to enter the search term.
When the results appear, click “Run as administrator” on the right side of the menu in Windows PowerShell. You will need administrator rights to do this. If your user account has no administrator rights, you will need to ask someone to log in who has these account rights.
Wait for the PowerShell window to open and the prompt to appear.
Type (or copy and paste) the following and press Enter.
If you get an error message, try the following instead:
This should completely remove Xbox, at least the app itself.
Remove additional Xbox apps
If you search on your PC, you will always find several Xbox related applications on your computer. Although you cannot get rid of system-level settings and applications, such as the game bar and Xbox networking, you can remove the following:
- Xbox games overlay
- Xbox games overlay
- Xbox identification provider
- Speech Overlay to Xbox Text
Again, always back up your files before deleting apps via PowerShell in case something goes wrong.
You will use PowerShell as you did to delete the main Xbox app. However, you will need to enter each of the following at a time. Press Enter after each line and wait for the deletion process to complete.
As with the removal of the Xbox app, if you receive an error with any of these items, replace the Microsoft portion of the line with
*appname* where appname is the application listed after the word Microsoft. For example,
Microsoft.XboxGameOverlay would become
When finished, restart your computer. Some files may persist, but these are remaining application files. You can use a search tool to find and delete these files. You can also use the built-in Windows tools or a system cleaner.
Restoring the Xbox app
If you want to restore the Xbox app, reinstall it from the Microsoft Store. There are several versions, including a beta version to try.
You can also wait for a major Windows 10 system update, which usually happens once or twice a year. Unfortunately, universal apps usually reappear with major system updates, so you’ll have to start the removal process again. Microsoft lists the names of most of these applications so you can better control what’s on your PC and understand what apps are for.
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