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Windows 10 1903 Built-In Apps: What to Keep

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The development of the Windows 10, version 1903 is finished and the update is now available for download from Visual Studio Subscriptions and the Software Download Center - as well as through Windows Server Update Services  and Windows Update for Business. I can't stress it  enough that you should start testing the newest features and functionality in this Semi-Annual Channel release as soon as possible in preparation for broad deployment to the devices in your organization. As part of this process, you should take a look at provisioned apps - most likely you want to ensure that only a choice selection of apps is being installed, whenever a user logs on either for the first time or after installing a feature update on a Windows 10 computer, since app installation directly impacts logon times.

While there are no changes to the list of provisioned apps in Windows 10, version 1903 compared to Windows 10, version 1809, instead of retaining the app recommendations created for Windows 10, version 1809, I have conducted a thorough review of all available apps with various Enterprise customers – as I do with every Windows 10 feature update. In the process I flagged the Microsoft.Xbox.TCUI app as "removeable" as it was determined that the uninstall process does not seem to break dependencies as it used to, and I also marked the Microsoft.Office.OneNote app as "keep" as more and more organizations are implementing cloud identities. The result is a more streamlined, purposeful app list.

Note: Microsoft.Print3D app is now deprecated. Going forward, 3D Builder is the recommended 3D printing app.

Below is a list of applications which are flagged as removable in Windows 10, version 1903 - color coded from Enterprise client standpoint for your convenience.

Please be aware, that the decision which applications should be removed can be tricky and very dependant on your usage scenario. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution and there are many tradeoffs to consider. Consider the list below - based on my interactions with various customers - as food for thought.

  • Microsoft.BingWeather
  • Microsoft.DesktopAppInstaller
  • Microsoft.GetHelp
  • Microsoft.Getstarted
  • Microsoft.HEIFImageExtension
  • Microsoft.Messaging
  • Microsoft.Microsoft3DViewer
  • Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub
  • Microsoft.MicrosoftSolitaireCollection
  • Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes
  • Microsoft.MixedReality.Portal
  • Microsoft.MSPaint
  • Microsoft.Office.OneNote
  • Microsoft.OneConnect
  • Microsoft.People
  • Microsoft.Print3D
  • Microsoft.SkypeApp
  • Microsoft.ScreenSketch
  • Microsoft.StorePurchaseApp
  • Microsoft.VP9VideoExtensions
  • Microsoft.Wallet
  • Microsoft.WebMediaExtensions
  • Microsoft.WebpImageExtension
  • Microsoft.Windows.Photos
  • Microsoft.WindowsAlarms
  • Microsoft.WindowsCalculator
  • Microsoft.WindowsCamera
  • microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps
  • Microsoft.WindowsFeedbackHub
  • Microsoft.WindowsMaps
  • Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorder
  • Microsoft.WindowsStore
  • Microsoft.XboxApp
  • Microsoft.Xbox.TCUI
  • Microsoft.XboxGameOverlay
  • Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay
  • Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider
  • Microsoft.XboxSpeechToTextOverlay
  • Microsoft.YourPhone
  • Microsoft.ZuneMusic
  • Microsoft.ZuneVideo

Explanation:

  • Green: "Keep"
  • Gold: "Consider keeping in order to ensure full Windows 10 functionality"
  • Red: "Consider removing in an Enterprise scenario".

Important:Do not removeDesktopAppInstaller, StorePurchaseApp and WindowsStore apps for supportability reasons.

Note: When you build your image, you should also consider removing Quick Support capability using DISM. See my previous blog on how to remove Windows capabilities for more guidance.

Additional considerations: In a multi-language image you may experience issues localizing built-in apps. See my blog for additional details.

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Any idea how to remove "connect app" it is not mentioned on this list

Alan Yousif
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Xbox.TCUI has functionality for Windows hello... i would definitely not remove that unless its changed since 1809.

Source: Me

Jack
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Thanks for the tip. I will follow up on this and update the post when I have any new information.

Anton Romanyuk
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Hi Anton,
Do you have an update Remove Built in Apps script for Win 1903 ?I got issues with Remote Desktop come up with the black screen on Dell and Lenovo laptops only after uninstall all Provisioned apps.If I keep them and capture the VLC...

Hi Anton,
Do you have an update Remove Built in Apps script for Win 1903 ?I got issues with Remote Desktop come up with the black screen on Dell and Lenovo laptops only after uninstall all Provisioned apps.If I keep them and capture the VLC Windows on MDT the RDP session is working fine.

Thank you for all your efforts to help us.

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Nick
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Hi Nick, that's the first time I am hearing of this peculiar issue. Could you please clarify which apps you are removing during the OSD process? We do not support removing all apps, which are flagged as removeable, as that will put you into an...

Hi Nick, that's the first time I am hearing of this peculiar issue. Could you please clarify which apps you are removing during the OSD process? We do not support removing all apps, which are flagged as removeable, as that will put you into an unsupported state.

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Anton Romanyuk
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This may be of some use if you are looking for a PS script

https://github.com/userVII/Windows-Utilities/blob/master/Clean_Win10Apps.ps1

guest
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The remote desktop black screen issue is listed on the Microsoft page as an issue that they are currently investigating. Copy and Paste from the MS Page

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/release-information/status-windows-10-1903

Initiat...

The remote desktop black screen issue is listed on the Microsoft page as an issue that they are currently investigating. Copy and Paste from the MS Page

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/release-information/status-windows-10-1903

Initiating a Remote Desktop connection may result in black screen

When initiating a Remote Desktop connection to devices with some older GPU drivers, you may receive a black screen. Any version of Windows may encounter this issue when initiating a Remote Desktop connection to a Windows 10, version 1903 device which is running an affected display driver, including the drivers for the Intel 4 series chipset integrated GPU (iGPU).

Affected platforms:
•Client: Windows 10, version 1903
•Server: Windows Server, version 1903


Next steps: We are working on a resolution that will be made available in upcoming release.

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