A collection of Scripts which disable / remove Windows 10 Features and Apps
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Debloat Windows 10

Note about Creators Update: These scripts have not been tested with the Creators Update. Anything may happen, be prepared. I'll look into relevant changes and recent issues when the update is released / pushed on to everyone.

This project collects Powershell scripts which help to debloat Windows 10, tweak common settings and install basic software components.

I test these scripts on a Windows 10 Professional 64-Bit (English) virtual machine. Please let me know if you encounter any issues. Home Edition and different languages are not supported. These scripts are intended for tech-savvy administrators, who know what they are doing and just want to automate this phase of their setup. If this profile does not fit you, I recommend using a different (more interactive) tool -- and there are a lot of them out there.

There is no undo, I recommend only using these scripts on a fresh installation (including Windows Updates). Test everything after running them before doing anything else. Also there is no guarantee that everything will work after future updates since I cannot predict what Microsoft will do next.

Interactivity

The scripts are designed to run without any user-interaction. Modify them beforehand. If you want a more interactive approach check out DisableWinTracking from 10se1ucgo.

Download Latest Version

Code located in the master branch is always considered under development, but you'll probably want the most recent version anyway.

Execution

Enable execution of PowerShell scripts:

PS> Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted

Unblock PowerShell scripts and modules within this directory:

PS > ls -Recurse *.ps1 | Unblock-File
PS > ls -Recurse *.psm1 | Unblock-File

Usage

  1. Install all available updates for your system.
  2. Edit the scripts to fit your need.
  3. Run the scripts from a PowerShell with administrator priviledges (Explorer Files > Open Windows PowerShell > Open Windows PowerShell as administrator)
  4. PS > Restart-Computer
  5. Run disable-windows-defender.ps1 one more time.
  6. PS > Restart-Computer

Startmenu

In the past I included small fixes to make the startmenu more usable, like removing default tiles, disabling web search and so on. This is no longer the case since I am that fed up with it. This fucking menu breaks for apparently know reason, is slow, is a pain to configure / script and even shows ads out of the box!

Please replace it with something better, either use Classic Shell or Start is Back, but stop using that shit.

Known Issues

Startmenu Search

After running the scripts, the startmenu search-box may no longer work on newly created accounts. It seems like there is an issue with account initilization that is triggered when disabling the GeoLocation service. Following workaround has been discovered by BK from Atlanta:

  1. Delete registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\lfsvc\TriggerInfo\3
  2. Re-enable GeoLocation service (set startup type to Automatic)
  3. Reboot
  4. Login with the account having the stated issue
  5. Start Cortana and set your preferences accordingly (web search and whatnot)

You may now disable the GeoLocation service again, the search box should remain functional.

Sysprep will hang

If you are deploying images with MDT and running these scripts, the sysprep step will hang unless dmwappushserivce is active.

XBox Wireless Adapter

Apprently running the stock remove-default-apps script will cause XBox Wireless Adapters to stop functioning. I suspenc one should not remove the XBox App when wanting to use one. But I haven't confirmed this yet, and there is a workaround to re-enable it afterwards. See #78.

Liability

All scripts are provided as is and you use them at your own risk.

Contribute

I would be happy to extend the collection of scripts. Just open an issue or send me a pull request.

Thanks To

License

"THE BEER-WARE LICENSE" (Revision 42):

As long as you retain this notice you can do whatever you want with this
stuff. If we meet some day, and you think this stuff is worth it, you can
buy us a beer in return.

This project is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT
ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.