Bloatware has long been a problem on Windows PCs. It’s even a bigger problem when purchasing from a big box store like Best Buy or Target. While Microsoft already bundles in some bloatware, some big box stores add more unnecessary software to their stock. Now, at least on the Microsoft side, you may be getting a leaner Windows 10 PC soon. According to PCWorld, next year’s Windows 10 update (19H1) will give you the ability to get rid of a nice swath of unnecessary software.
For Insider build 18262 of Windows 10, Microsoft said it would allow users to uninstall several of its own apps from within the Start menu. The build isn’t part of “Redstone 5,” officially known as the October 2018 Update, which Microsoft is working to finalize. Instead, it will ship as part of the next, unnamed update due sometime in the first half of 2019.
In the new release users will be able to right-click to uninstall apps in the Start Menu, those apps include:
- 3D Viewer
- Groove Music
- Moves & TV
- Paint 3D
- Snip & Sketch
- Sticky Notes
- Voice Recorder
This isn’t the first time Microsoft has allowed users to uninstall some of these apps. Currently you are able to right-click and uninstall Weather, Skype and other software you may not want.
A separate issue has been pre-populated bloatware like Candy Crush Soda Saga and Disney Magic Kingdoms, which tends to populate even business PCs—including Surface devices that Microsoft itself manufactures. (You can still uninstall these apps from the Start menu.) When the day comes that PCs ship without these apps, many Windows users will truly rejoice.
Perhaps, one day, we will see a Windows PC with absolutely no bloatware on it. For now, at least Microsoft is taking steps that may lead to that outcome. Time will tell.
Last Updated on October 19, 2018.