I was in the process of uninstalling all the Universal Apps from a new Windows 10 installation when I hit a roadblock.
It's not the first time I do this and it always goes well. However, this time, whenever I write in PowerShell
Get-AppxPackage -allusers | Remove-AppxPackage
or something more specific like
Get-AppxPackage -allusers *windowscalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage
I get the following message:
Remove-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CFA, Removal failed. Please contact your software vendor. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80073CFA) error 0x80070032: AppX Deployment Remove operation on package Microsoft.WindowsCalculator_10.1605.1582.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe from: C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.WindowsCalculator_10.1605.1582.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe failed.
This app is part of Windows and cannot be uninstalled on a per-user basis. An administrator can attempt to remove the app from the computer using Turn Windows Features on or off. However, it may not be possible to uninstall the app.
NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] 75c5fc31-fb20-0001-77fd-c57520fbd101 in the Event Log or use the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 75c5fc31-fb20-0001-77fd-c57520fbd101
At line:1 char:49
+ Get-appxpackage -allusers *windowscalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (Microsoft.Windo...__8wekyb3d8bbwe:String) [Remove-AppxPackage], IOException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.RemoveAppxPackageCommand
I'm getting this message for every single app I try to uninstall, including those I know are perfectly uninstallable like the calculator or image viewer, which has never happened before.
Powershell is running elevated and everything else works and seems normal.
Is there something I can do besides reinstalling Windows?