cleaning windows from Unnecessary or unwanted applications It is one of the first tasks that any user who buys a new computer with pre-installed Microsoft system and also those who update versions or do a clean install of any version have to deal with.
Neither Microsoft nor its hardware partners realized how tired customers were of how much Pre-installed apps on Windows. No matter how much you spend, your new PC will arrive full of “unwanted” programs, applications and useless services that punish user experience, unnecessarily occupy storage or memory resources, degrade performance and stability and in the most dangerous cases (eg Superfish) Seriously endanger the safety of the equipment. Here we are fortunate enough to test the best (and most expensive) equipment and it is scary to analyze a 3000 euro laptop in these conditions.
The problem is scalable to other systems Like Android and the number of pre-installed apps on smartphones. The problem goes beyond Bloatware and both Microsoft and Google are taking the opportunity to promote their own apps over competitors. And it seems there is no solution no matter how much we insist that it would be more convenient and respectful for customers if all this kind of software is offered as an extra download for those who want/need to install it.
Windows apps occupy 1.6 GB of space
Microsoft promised to address the problem after criticism at the launch of Windows 10, But she did not comply. He was only talking about the Workstation version and he also removed the official “Fresh Start” tool that at least made it easier to clean up Windows by automating the process. I had a good chance with Windows 11, but the problem persisted.
A recent study used the PowerShell console to discover the actual space occupied by default Windows applications, in a standard installation of 1.6 GB of space. It may not look like much for most current computers, but it is much more than previously thought and the size you can see in the graphical interface.
To the 30 long universal Microsoft applications (the most useless on a desktop without touch screens) the company adds others that have nothing to do with the proper operation of the operating system. Various OEMs install a large number of applications and services, the vast majority of little use (to put it mildly), and together they produce a system unnecessarily swollen Except for commercial issues and not user issues.
Window cleaning: a mandatory task
It’s time to roll up your sleeves as one of the first tasks to do once you receive your new PC or update an existing one with a new version. We have already introduced you in the previous tutorials to clean Windows 10 from the same desktop, settings, control panel, console, or from third-party applications.
If you choose this last option, we have to highlight O&O AppBuster for its strength and perpetual updating, as it allows you to delete apps for the current user or a whole group of users on the PC and also allows you to reinstall the deleted apps in case you want to use any of them later.
Bloatware removal tool
Today we bring you another third-party tool that makes it easy to remove programs and finally clean up Windows. It is located around a Free and open source script Compatible with all active Windows versions. It does not require any kind of installation because it works by activating the corresponding commands in the advanced Powershell console, but through a graphical interface that makes the process easier. Very useful for both system administrators and normal users as it works as follows:
- Download this compressed ZIP file from their GitHub page.
- Unzip the file to any folder on your computer.
- Go to the folder where you unzipped the files and run the batch file “Bloatware-Removal-Utility.bat” in administrator mode.
- The script will start the console session and display a graphical user interface for processing.
The screen displays the installed apps with their name, version, and publisher. There is no option to open the program folder or the main executable file, which would be useful for checking for duplicates, but its use is very simple anyway and only consists in marking the application in question that we intend to uninstall.
The tool includes a “Suggested bloatware toggle” button that highlights apps on its own based on a previous list. It is not very accurate and can remove utilities, so It is recommended that you review all the applications one by one. It also has another button to show/hide the console that runs under the interface and is ultimately responsible for removing apps.
Let’s say it has been activated by default to create a system restore point that was executed before the selected program was removed. This will allow Undo changes made If we delete an application by mistake, although we can install any of them from the Windows Store.
Another alternative is this Bloatware Removal Tool to clean up the operating system which is delivered by default with huge amount of programs and services taking up resources unnecessarily. And if you prefer third-party software for this task, apps like O&O AppBuster mentioned above do their job very well.