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I'm running Windows 10. I've found that uninstall button is grayed out for some apps at Start > Settings > System > Apps & features. Which means I can't uninstall such apps. For example here is a screen-shot for Movies & TV app which I want to uninstall:

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So, why is Windows not letting me uninstalling some apps? Are those apps essential to have or without which Windows may not work?

And how do I uninstall those apps that I feel no need and want to uninstall? I've also tried Control panel but it doesn't list those apps at Control Panel > Programs & Features > Uninstall a program.

marked as duplicate by magicandre1981 windows-10 Jul 20 '17 at 15:05

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  • I gave an answer to this question, but this should have been something very easy for you to find with a quick google search. Make sure you always do thorough research before posting a question. – Confuzing Jul 20 '17 at 13:58
  • Note that MS update will reinstall all the default-install apps that you uninstall periodically (during their bigger package updates). – Yorik Jul 20 '17 at 14:06
  • the inbox apps are protected from uninstall since v1607. Try the hack from my answer in the duplicate. – magicandre1981 Jul 20 '17 at 15:06

You can uninstall these from an administrative powershell. A good reference can be found here

For example to uninstall the Movies and Tv app the command should be

Get-AppxPackage *zunevideo* | Remove-AppxPackage

You just have to know the name of the package for the app you want to uninstall, which you can google or find in the link I gave.

As for why they don't have uninstall as a menu option is simply Microsoft not wanting you to uninstall them, they are not necessary for your computer.

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