I have uninstalled Bing Maps, Travel and a few other Win8 apps from my computer. However, C:\Program Files\WindowsApps still lists them, happily taking up 1.5 GB of space.
Is there a better way to fully uninstall every trace of these apps than to simply delete the files by hand?
Built-in apps are called provisioned apps. They are scheduled to be installed for each new user that registers on a Windows 8 PC, so you can’t uninstall them completely from the Start screen. To do so, you’ve to use Windows PowerShell command remove-AppxProvisionedPackage, like so:
remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package Microsoft.BingTravel_22.214.171.124_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
That would uninstall the Travel app. To remove Bing Map app, the command would be:
remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package Microsoft.BingMaps_126.96.36.199_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.BingMaps_188.8.131.52_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe is the app package name, which basically is the folder that you find in C:\Program Files\WindowsApps.
To uninstall apps installed from the Windows Store, the command is Remove-AppxPackage. It’s syntax is as below: