PowerShell Script to Remove In-Box Apps from Windows 10 Image File Andre Picker

PowerShell Script to Remove In-Box Apps from Windows 10 Image File

I am always on the lookout for great resources and this PowerShell script is one I think you might want to bookmark as it might come in handy for system admins who are configuring Windows 10 installation for their organizations.

In the Windows 10 Anniversary Update any in-box first party apps that were previously uninstalled are re-installed when a new Feature Update upgrade occurs. Luckily that only happens about two times per year. However, Microsoft understands that this is not the ideal situation so in current testing builds for Windows 10 Redstone 2, now known as the Creators Update, Microsoft has made changes that prevent those apps from getting placed back on a system after those Feature Updates.

Now the Creators Update is not expected until sometime in the Spring of 2017 so in the interim this PowerShell script will help you manage which default apps are in the Windows 10 images, aka WIM files, so that you do not have to deal with their manual removal after installation.

This PowerShell script, created by Andre Picker, is posted over on the TechNet System Center Gallery and already has nearly 10,000 downloads since it was made available earlier this year.

The current version of the script is 1.2 and can be found at the Removing Built-in apps from Windows 10 WIM-File with Powershell page.

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