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Windows10Debloater

Script/Utility to debloat Windows 10

Purpose

I have found many different solutions online to debloat Windows 10 and many either worked but caused issues in the long run, or they did so little that it wasn't enough of a "debloat" experience. I decided to create a script that will debloat Windows 10 the way that I envision it, with the option of even being able to revert changes.

This comes in hand when setting up new Windows 10 machines without needing to manually remove the bloatware found within Windows 10, along with some "fail safe" features via the Revert-Changes function, and even stops Windows from installing the bloatware in new user profiles.

How To Run

Warning: This MUST be run before creating new profiles, otherwise you will find that there will be empty tiles in your start menu or that the bloatware wasn't completely removed. Results are varied, and some can run it just fine with great results on their existing account, and others have an issue with the bloatware remaining.

Download the Windows10Debloater.ps1 file. Next, open PowerShell ISE/VSCode as an Administrator, copy the source code from Windows10Debloater.ps1 and throw it into PowerShell ISE/VSCode/etc and run it.

Alternatively, download the Windows10SysPrepDebloater.ps1 file, place it in any directory of your choice, load PowerShell ISE or PowerShell (64-Bit)/VSCode as an administrator, change to the directory where you placed the Windows10SysPrepDebloater.ps1 file, and run one (or all) of the 3 switch parameters: -SysPrep, -Debloat, and -StopEdgePDF. E.g., C:\Windows10SysPrepDebloater.ps1 -SysPrep -Debloat -StopEdgePDF.

This script will remove the bloatware from Windows 10 when using Remove-AppXPackage/Remove-AppXProvisionedPackage, and then delete specific registry keys that are were not removed beforehand. For best results, this script should be ran before a user profile is configured, otherwise you will likely see that apps that should have been removed will remain, and if they are removed you will find broken tiles on the start menu.

These registry keys are:

EclipseManager, ActiproSoftwareLLC, Microsoft.PPIProjection, Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI

You can choose to either 'Debloat' or 'Revert'. Depending on your choice, either one will run specific code to either debloat your Windows 10 machine.

The Debloat switch choice runs the following functions:

Start-Debloat, Remove-Keys, Protect-Privacy, Stop-EdgePDF (If chosen)

The Revert switch choice runs the following functions:

Revert-Changes, Enable-EdgePDF

The Revert option reinstalls the bloatware and changes your registry keys back to default.

The scheduled tasks that are disabled are:

XblGameSaveTaskLogon, XblGameSaveTask, Consolidator, UsbCeip, DmClient

These scheduled tasks that are disabled have absolutely no impact on the function of the OS.

Bloatware that is removed:

3DBuilder, Appconnector, Bing Finance, Bing News, Bing Sports, Bing Weather, Fresh Paint, Get started, Microsoft Office Hub, Microsoft Solitaire Collection, Microsoft Sticky Notes, OneNote, OneConnect, People, Skype for Desktop, Alarms, Camera, Maps, Phone, SoundRecorder, XboxApp, Zune Music, Zune Video, Windows communications apps, Minecraft, PowerBI, Network Speed Test, Phone, Messaging, Office Sway, OneConnect, Windows Feedback Hub, Bing Food And Drink, Bing Travel, Bing Health And Fitness, Windows Reading List, Twitter, Pandora, Flipboard, Shazam, CandyCrush, CandyCrushSoda, King apps, iHeartRadio, Netflix, DrawboardPDF, PicsArt-PhotoStudio, FarmVille 2 Country Escape, TuneInRadio, Asphalt8, NYT Crossword, CyberLink MediaSuite Essentials, Facebook, Royal Revolt 2, Caesars Slots Free Casino, March of Empires, Phototastic Collage, Autodesk SketchBook, Duolingo, EclipseManager, ActiproSoftware, BioEnrollment, Windows Feedback, Xbox Game CallableUI, Xbox Identity Provider, and ContactSupport.

Silent and Interactive

There are now 2 versions of my Windows10Debloater - There is an interactive version, and a pure silent version. The silent version now utilizes the switch parameters: -Sysprep, -Debloat, and -StopEdgePDF. The silent version can be useful for deploying MDT Images/sysprepping or any other way you deploy Windows 10. This will work to remove the bloatware during the deployment process.

The interactive version is what it implies - a Windows10Debloater script with interactive prompts. This one should not be used for deployments that require a silent script with optional parameters.

Switch Parameters

There are 3 switch parameters in the Windows10SysPrepDebloater.ps1 script.

The first one is -SysPrep, which runs the command within a function: get-appxpackage | remove-appxpackage. This is useful since some administrators need that command to run first in order for machines to be able to properly provision the apps for removal.

The second switch parameter is -Debloat, which does as it suggests. It runs the following functions: Start-Debloat, Remove-Keys, and Protect-Privacy.

Start-Debloat removes all bloatware apps (that are listed above) without removing Store, Photos, Paint3d, and Calculator.

Remove-Keys removes registry keys leftover that are associated with the bloatware apps listed above, but not removed during the Start-Debloat function.

Third, Protect-Privacy adds and/or changes registry keys to stop some telemetry functions, stops Cortana from being used as your Search Index, disables "unneccessary" scheduled tasks, and more.

Finally, there is an optional switch parameter which is Stop-EdgePDF. This just stops Edge from taking over as the default PDF viewer. I made this optional since some do not find this necessary for them or their organization.

Credit

Thank you to a60wattfish, abulgatz and Reddit user /u/GavinEke for some of the suggestions/fixes that I have placed into my scripts.

Donate

If you like and appreciate my work then consider a donation for a cup of tea.

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