In Windows 10, there are now two places you need to look when managing your programs and apps. Most of us are familiar with removing programs using the control panel, but in Settings there is also a place for all your apps to be displayed too. I recommend you go through and remove those apps that you may not be using.
I have felt that at some point, Microsoft will no longer use the Control Panel and everything will be found in Settings. Whether or not this happens, here is how to see the apps that are installed on your PC.
From your Windows 10 desktop, click the “Start” button and then click the “Settings” icon. It should be located just above the Start button (once you click it). The icon looks like a sprocket or gear. Once Settings is open, click “System.” Now, to the left, click “Apps & features” in the menu.
Here is a list of all the apps that are installed on your Windows 10 PC. It is a good idea to go through and remove those apps you no longer use, but be careful, there are apps that are needed for other programs and apps to run properly.
Some suggestions for removal may include apps such as “Candy Crush” and “Twitter” if you do not use those apps. If you are unsure if you should remove an app or not, DON’T REMOVE IT. In most cases, if you do remove an app that is needed, you can easily go to the Windows Store and re-download and re-install it again.
Once you remove an app, you should also go to the control panel by right-clicking the “Start” button and clicking “Control Panel” in the menu. Once the control panel opens, at the top-right, click “View by:” and then click “Large icons.” In the list that appears, you can now click to open “Programs and Features.”
Look through the list and remove those programs of apps that you have already removed from Settings. Again, if you are not sure about removing a particular program, I recommend you don’t remove it. You can do some research online and see if it is safe to remove. Only trust those sites for information that are reputable, such as Microsoft, Apple and others.
Once you have removed all the apps and programs that are safe to remove, restart your computer and then set a system restore point.
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