Windows 10 comes with "Candy Crush Saga" preinstalled, but I do not want it on my system. How do I remove it?
Since Candy Crush Saga is a preinstalled application, you won't find it in the "Programs and Features" control panel to be removed. Instead, you have to use the Windows PowerShell to remove it. Use the following procedure:
- Click in the search box in your Taskbar and type
powershell; select "Windows Powershell" (not "Windows Powershell ISE" if that shows up).
- At the prompt, type
Get-AppxPackage -Name king.com.CandyCrushSagaand press Enter (TIP: to copy/paste that command, copy as usual, then just right-click in the PowerShell window to paste).
- Look for the "PackageFullName" line in the result that comes up; it should be something similar to
- Copy the PackageFullName by left-clicking and dragging to highlight it, then right-click in the PowerShell window to copy the selected text.
Remove-AppxPackage(include trailing space) and paste the PackageFullName that you copied in step 4, then press Enter.
- A teal-colored text dialog should come up showing the removal process, and then uninstall should be complete.
- Repeat step 2 to verify that it uninstalled successfully (the command should now return nothing).
- Lastly, confirm that Candy Crush Saga is no longer in your Start Menu.
- Enjoy a Candy-Crush-Free computer!
Source: Adapted from GHacks.net article on removing core apps from Windows 10
First of all Candy Crush Saga is not a desktop program. So you can't find it "Programs and Features". It's an app just like in your mobile phone.
To remove the app,
- You can just search for Candy Crush Saga (or just "ca" does the trick), right click on the app result and then click uninstall.
- Or if Candy Crush Saga is pinned to start menu(usually it is) just right click and then click uninstall.
alternatively you can use the Windows Store or Powershell to remove the app.
Other answers point to the package name
king.com.CandyCrushSaga, on latest Windows 10 Pro it is
Regardless of the full name, run PowerShell as an administrator and execute:
Get-AppxPackage *CandyCrush* | Remove-AppxPackage
I'm not sure why this complicated answer was posted, but manual copy-paste steps are not required here.
// In Windows 10 v1607, this is no longer working
A better way is to disable the install during Windows 10 install. Create an
unattend.xml add this a add a
RunSynchronous command to set the registry value
<RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add"> <Description>disable consumer features</Description> <Order>5</Order> <Path>reg add HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CloudContent /v DisableWindowsConsumerFeatures /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f</Path> </RunSynchronousCommand>
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CloudContent] "DisableWindowsConsumerFeatures"=dword:00000001
Before it looks like this:
Now start menu is much cleaner:
Removal form Start menu or the
Get-AppxPackage | Remove-AppxPackage command only removes applications for the current user, but sometimes keeps them on disk.
Full removal requires specifying the
-AllUsers switch and running the command as the
- Download and extract the PsExec utility.
PsExec.exe -isd PowerShell.exe.
- In the new PowerShell window run
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers 'king.com.CandyCrushSodaSaga' | Remove-AppxPackage -AllUsers
You might also want do remove other 3rd-party games bundled with Windows:
- Unpin from start menu (if you never left clicked on it like me, it may be just an "ad" - so not installed yet)
- If it was started/installed already (alternative to PowerShell): remove per machine with 1 MB program O&O AppBuster
Windows 10 upgrade does appear include candy crush. I have a work machine that was game free and after upgrade found ccs installed. I cannot say 100% sure but it was definitely not in the start menu until after the upgrade. Uninstalling deletes it but you still need to go to regedit and click find and input candy and you will find a number of instances and keys. Delete them, don't worry it will not cause any problems as long as they say candy crush.