When you upgrade your Windows to the latest version, there may be new apps added to your system and they may be apps that you do not need or use. Removing these apps may free up space and also help keep your computer running better.
Before we begin, it is always good practice to set a system restore point. Once you have set your restore point, click on the Start button and then click the Settings icon. It looks like a gear or sprocket just above the start button. Once your settings page opens, click “Apps” and then to the left, click “Apps & features.”
In the center, you’ll notice a list of apps that are installed on your computer. Scroll through the list and scan for apps that you don’t use. As a general rule, anything that is published by Microsoft should remain on your system. Common apps that you may not need can include Twitter, Candy Crush, unused printers, and a plethora of other possibilities.
If you are unsure if you should remove an app, open up your favorite search engine and type in the app name and ask if it is safe to remove from your PC. Read through several entries and try to take the advice from a legitimate website, such as Microsoft.com, PCMagazine.com, or others that have a good reputation.
When you determine whether you can remove an app safely, click the app once to highlight it and then click “Uninstall.” It only takes a moment to remove.
In the event you remove an app that you actually do need, you can go to the Store and download it again. In many cases, these apps are free, so you can reinstall them easily without having to pay for them.
Once you have removed your unwanted apps, you should also go to your control panel and then programs and features and remove the same-named programs from the list too.
After going through your apps and programs, reboot your computer and then set another system restore point.
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