Having trouble removing most Windows 10 Apps on 20H2.

Rick Someone 411 Reputation points
2021-05-05T20:13:49.917+00:00

I know, the universal no-no is to build and try to sysprep/capture a VM with more than one profile. I didn't build this but am trying to get it to sysprep/capture in MDT.

Its like a joke, I remove the troublesome apps, and sysprep fails because of one. I have no internet connection on the VM, only a local one to the server. I've been going in circles for a week trying to get the apps to stay removed.

I've run about every PS command I could find online but some of these (a few xbox ones and this 3DBuilder come to mind first).

How can I correctly get all of these provisions removed and the apps removed?

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  1. AllenLiu-MSFT 38,006 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor
    2021-05-06T02:31:59.34+00:00

    Hi, @Rick Someone
    Thank you for posting in Microsoft Q&A forum.
    Have we already checked below article and tried the solutions in it?
    https://www.deploymentresearch.com/fixing-why-sysprep-fails-in-windows-10-due-to-windows-store-updates/


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  2. Anonymous
    2021-05-20T10:06:36.257+00:00

  3. snork13 1 Reputation point
    2021-05-21T18:42:59.743+00:00

    I run this powershell script:

    This function finds any AppX/AppXProvisioned package and uninstalls it, except for Freshpaint, Windows Calculator, Windows Store, and Windows Photos.

    Also, to note - This does NOT remove essential system services/software/etc such as .NET framework installations, Cortana, Edge, etc.

    This is the switch parameter for running this script as a 'silent' script, for use in MDT images or any type of mass deployment without user interaction.

    param (
    [switch]$Debloat, [switch]$SysPrep
    )

    Function Begin-SysPrep {

    param([switch]$SysPrep)
        Write-Verbose -Message ('Starting Sysprep Fixes')
    
        # Disable Windows Store Automatic Updates
       <# Write-Verbose -Message "Adding Registry key to Disable Windows Store Automatic Updates"
        $registryPath = "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsStore"
        If (!(Test-Path $registryPath)) {
            Mkdir $registryPath -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
            New-ItemProperty $registryPath -Name AutoDownload -Value 2 
        }
        Else {
            Set-ItemProperty $registryPath -Name AutoDownload -Value 2 
        }
        #Stop WindowsStore Installer Service and set to Disabled
        Write-Verbose -Message ('Stopping InstallService')
        Stop-Service InstallService 
        #>
    

    }

    Creates a PSDrive to be able to access the 'HKCR' tree

    New-PSDrive -Name HKCR -PSProvider Registry -Root HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
    Function Start-Debloat {

    param([switch]$Debloat)
    
    #Removes AppxPackages
    #Credit to Reddit user /u/GavinEke for a modified version of my whitelist code
    [regex]$WhitelistedApps = 'Microsoft.ScreenSketch|Microsoft.Paint3D|Microsoft.WindowsCalculator|Microsoft.WindowsStore|Microsoft.Windows.Photos|CanonicalGroupLimited.UbuntuonWindows|`
    Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes|Microsoft.MSPaint|Microsoft.WindowsCamera|.NET|Framework|Microsoft.HEIFImageExtension|Microsoft.ScreenSketch|Microsoft.StorePurchaseApp|`
    Microsoft.VP9VideoExtensions|Microsoft.WebMediaExtensions|Microsoft.WebpImageExtension|Microsoft.DesktopAppInstaller'
    Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Where-Object {$_.Name -NotMatch $WhitelistedApps} | Remove-AppxPackage -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    # Run this again to avoid error on 1803 or having to reboot.
    Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Where-Object {$_.Name -NotMatch $WhitelistedApps} | Remove-AppxPackage -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    $AppxRemoval = Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Where-Object {$_.PackageName -NotMatch $WhitelistedApps} 
    ForEach ( $App in $AppxRemoval) {
    
        Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online -PackageName $App.PackageName 
    
        }
    

    }

    Function Remove-Keys {

    Param([switch]$Debloat)    
    
    #These are the registry keys that it will delete.
    
    $Keys = @(
    
        #Remove Background Tasks
        "HKCR:\Extensions\ContractId\Windows.BackgroundTasks\PackageId\46928bounde.EclipseManager_2.2.4.51_neutral__a5h4egax66k6y"
        "HKCR:\Extensions\ContractId\Windows.BackgroundTasks\PackageId\ActiproSoftwareLLC.562882FEEB491_2.6.18.18_neutral__24pqs290vpjk0"
        "HKCR:\Extensions\ContractId\Windows.BackgroundTasks\PackageId\Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub_17.7909.7600.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe"
        "HKCR:\Extensions\ContractId\Windows.BackgroundTasks\PackageId\Microsoft.PPIProjection_10.0.15063.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy"
        "HKCR:\Extensions\ContractId\Windows.BackgroundTasks\PackageId\Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI_1000.15063.0.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy"
        "HKCR:\Extensions\ContractId\Windows.BackgroundTasks\PackageId\Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI_1000.16299.15.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy"
    
        #Windows File
        "HKCR:\Extensions\ContractId\Windows.File\PackageId\ActiproSoftwareLLC.562882FEEB491_2.6.18.18_neutral__24pqs290vpjk0"
    
        #Registry keys to delete if they aren't uninstalled by RemoveAppXPackage/RemoveAppXProvisionedPackage
        "HKCR:\Extensions\ContractId\Windows.Launch\PackageId\46928bounde.EclipseManager_2.2.4.51_neutral__a5h4egax66k6y"
        "HKCR:\Extensions\ContractId\Windows.Launch\PackageId\ActiproSoftwareLLC.562882FEEB491_2.6.18.18_neutral__24pqs290vpjk0"
        "HKCR:\Extensions\ContractId\Windows.Launch\PackageId\Microsoft.PPIProjection_10.0.15063.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy"
        "HKCR:\Extensions\ContractId\Windows.Launch\PackageId\Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI_1000.15063.0.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy"
        "HKCR:\Extensions\ContractId\Windows.Launch\PackageId\Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI_1000.16299.15.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy"
    
        #Scheduled Tasks to delete
        "HKCR:\Extensions\ContractId\Windows.PreInstalledConfigTask\PackageId\Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub_17.7909.7600.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe"
    
        #Windows Protocol Keys
        "HKCR:\Extensions\ContractId\Windows.Protocol\PackageId\ActiproSoftwareLLC.562882FEEB491_2.6.18.18_neutral__24pqs290vpjk0"
        "HKCR:\Extensions\ContractId\Windows.Protocol\PackageId\Microsoft.PPIProjection_10.0.15063.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy"
        "HKCR:\Extensions\ContractId\Windows.Protocol\PackageId\Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI_1000.15063.0.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy"
        "HKCR:\Extensions\ContractId\Windows.Protocol\PackageId\Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI_1000.16299.15.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy"
    
        #Windows Share Target
        "HKCR:\Extensions\ContractId\Windows.ShareTarget\PackageId\ActiproSoftwareLLC.562882FEEB491_2.6.18.18_neutral__24pqs290vpjk0"
    )
    
    #This writes the output of each key it is removing and also removes the keys listed above.
    ForEach ($Key in $Keys) {
        Write-Output "Removing $Key from registry"
        Remove-Item $Key -Recurse -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    }
    

    }

    Function Protect-Privacy {

    Param([switch]$Debloat)    
    
    #Creates a PSDrive to be able to access the 'HKCR' tree
    New-PSDrive -Name HKCR -PSProvider Registry -Root HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
    
    #Disables Windows Feedback Experience
    Write-Output "Disabling Windows Feedback Experience program"
    $Advertising = 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AdvertisingInfo'
    If (Test-Path $Advertising) {
        Set-ItemProperty $Advertising -Name Enabled -Value 0 -Verbose
    }
    
    #Stops Cortana from being used as part of your Windows Search Function
    Write-Output "Stopping Cortana from being used as part of your Windows Search Function"
    $Search = 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search'
    If (Test-Path $Search) {
        Set-ItemProperty $Search -Name AllowCortana -Value 0 -Verbose
    }
    
    #Stops the Windows Feedback Experience from sending anonymous data
    Write-Output "Stopping the Windows Feedback Experience program"
    $Period1 = 'HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Siuf'
    $Period2 = 'HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Siuf\Rules'
    $Period3 = 'HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Siuf\Rules\PeriodInNanoSeconds'
    If (!(Test-Path $Period3)) { 
        mkdir $Period1 -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
        mkdir $Period2 -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
        mkdir $Period3 -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
        New-ItemProperty $Period3 -Name PeriodInNanoSeconds -Value 0 -Verbose -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    }
    
    Write-Output "Adding Registry key to prevent bloatware apps from returning"
    #Prevents bloatware applications from returning
    $registryPath = "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CloudContent"
    If (!(Test-Path $registryPath)) {
        Mkdir $registryPath -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
        New-ItemProperty $registryPath -Name DisableWindowsConsumerFeatures -Value 1 -Verbose -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    }          
    
    Write-Output "Setting Mixed Reality Portal value to 0 so that you can uninstall it in Settings"
    $Holo = 'HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Holographic'    
    If (Test-Path $Holo) {
        Set-ItemProperty $Holo -Name FirstRunSucceeded -Value 0 -Verbose
    }
    
    #Disables live tiles
    Write-Output "Disabling live tiles"
    $Live = 'HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PushNotifications'    
    If (!(Test-Path $Live)) {
        mkdir $Live -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue     
        New-ItemProperty $Live -Name NoTileApplicationNotification -Value 1 -Verbose
    }
    
    #Turns off Data Collection via the AllowTelemtry key by changing it to 0
    Write-Output "Turning off Data Collection"
    $DataCollection = 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\DataCollection'    
    If (Test-Path $DataCollection) {
        Set-ItemProperty $DataCollection -Name AllowTelemetry -Value 0 -Verbose
    }
    
    #Disables People icon on Taskbar
    Write-Output "Disabling People icon on Taskbar"
    $People = 'HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\People'
    If (Test-Path $People) {
        Set-ItemProperty $People -Name PeopleBand -Value 0 -Verbose
    }
    
    #Disables suggestions on start menu
    Write-Output "Disabling suggestions on the Start Menu"
    $Suggestions = 'HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager'    
    If (Test-Path $Suggestions) {
        Set-ItemProperty $Suggestions -Name SystemPaneSuggestionsEnabled -Value 0 -Verbose
    }
    
    
     Write-Output "Removing CloudStore from registry if it exists"
     $CloudStore = 'HKCUSoftware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CloudStore'
     If (Test-Path $CloudStore) {
     Stop-Process Explorer.exe -Force
     Remove-Item $CloudStore
     Start-Process Explorer.exe -Wait
    }
    
    #Loads the registry keys/values below into the NTUSER.DAT file which prevents the apps from redownloading. Credit to a60wattfish
    reg load HKU\Default_User C:\Users\Default\NTUSER.DAT
    Set-ItemProperty -Path Registry::HKU\Default_User\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager -Name SystemPaneSuggestionsEnabled -Value 0
    Set-ItemProperty -Path Registry::HKU\Default_User\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager -Name PreInstalledAppsEnabled -Value 0
    Set-ItemProperty -Path Registry::HKU\Default_User\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager -Name OemPreInstalledAppsEnabled -Value 0
    reg unload HKU\Default_User
    
    #Disables scheduled tasks that are considered unnecessary 
    Write-Output "Disabling scheduled tasks"
    #Get-ScheduledTask -TaskName XblGameSaveTaskLogon | Disable-ScheduledTask -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Get-ScheduledTask -TaskName XblGameSaveTask | Disable-ScheduledTask -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Get-ScheduledTask -TaskName Consolidator | Disable-ScheduledTask -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Get-ScheduledTask -TaskName UsbCeip | Disable-ScheduledTask -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Get-ScheduledTask -TaskName DmClient | Disable-ScheduledTask -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Get-ScheduledTask -TaskName DmClientOnScenarioDownload | Disable-ScheduledTask -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    

    }

    This includes fixes by xsisbest

    Function FixWhitelistedApps {

    Param([switch]$Debloat)
    
    If(!(Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Select Microsoft.Paint3D, Microsoft.MSPaint, Microsoft.WindowsCalculator, Microsoft.WindowsStore, Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes, Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorder, Microsoft.Windows.Photos)) {
    
    #Credit to abulgatz for the 4 lines of code
    Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft.Paint3D | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
    Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft.MSPaint | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
    Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft.WindowsCalculator | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
    Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft.WindowsStore | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
    Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
    Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorder | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
    Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft.Windows.Photos | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"} }
    

    }

    Function CheckDMWService {

    Param([switch]$Debloat)

    If (Get-Service -Name dmwappushservice | Where-Object {$_.StartType -eq "Disabled"}) {
    Set-Service -Name dmwappushservice -StartupType Automatic}

    If(Get-Service -Name dmwappushservice | Where-Object {$_.Status -eq "Stopped"}) {
    Start-Service -Name dmwappushservice}
    }

    Function CheckInstallService {
    Param([switch]$Debloat)
    If (Get-Service -Name InstallService | Where-Object {$_.Status -eq "Stopped"}) {
    Start-Service -Name InstallService
    Set-Service -Name InstallService -StartupType Automatic
    }
    }

    Write-Output "Initiating Sysprep"
    Begin-SysPrep
    Write-Output "Removing bloatware apps."
    Start-Debloat
    Write-Output "Removing leftover bloatware registry keys."
    Remove-Keys
    Write-Output "Checking to see if any Whitelisted Apps were removed, and if so re-adding them."
    FixWhitelistedApps
    Write-Output "Stopping telemetry, disabling unneccessary scheduled tasks, and preventing bloatware from returning."
    Protect-Privacy

    Write-Output "Stopping Edge from taking over as the default PDF Viewer."

    Stop-EdgePDF

    CheckDMWService
    CheckInstallService
    Write-Output "Finished all tasks."


  4. Anonymous
    2021-05-27T08:49:06.337+00:00

    Hi @Rick Someone ,

    Maybe this will help you:
    Get the list of all buil-it apps with following command in Powershell admin: Get-AppxPackage –AllUsers | Select Name, PackageFullName
    Copy and paste the name of the applications and replace it with below app.

    example replace 'Microsoft.Office.OneNote', with 'Microsoft.OneConnect',

    copy and save below in a notepad as a .ps1 file

    <# Remove_Apps
    v1.0 - 20210305 - Initial version

    >

    -----------

    VARIABLES

    -----------

    <#$AppsList
    Vector that lists all the app packages to be uninstalled.
    The format in which the application name must be added to this vector is:

    • If running 'get-appxpackage': Use the field 'name'
    • If running 'get-appxprovisionedpackage': Use the field 'DisplayName'

    >

    $AppBlackList = @(
    'Microsoft.549981C3F5F10',
    'Microsoft.BingWeather',
    'Microsoft.DesktopAppInstaller',
    'Microsoft.GetHelp',
    'Microsoft.Getstarted',
    'Microsoft.HEIFImageExtension',
    'Microsoft.Microsoft3DViewer',
    'Microsoft.MicrosoftSolitaireCollection',
    'Microsoft.MixedReality.Portal',
    'Microsoft.Office.OneNote',
    'Microsoft.People',
    'Microsoft.ScreenSketch',
    'Microsoft.SkypeApp',
    'Microsoft.StorePurchaseApp',
    'Microsoft.VCLibs.140.00',
    'Microsoft.VP9VideoExtensions',
    'Microsoft.Wallet',
    'Microsoft.WebMediaExtensions',
    'Microsoft.WebpImageExtension',
    'Microsoft.WindowsAlarms',
    'Microsoft.WindowsCamera',
    'microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps',
    'Microsoft.WindowsFeedbackHub',
    'Microsoft.WindowsMaps',
    'Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorder',
    'Microsoft.WindowsStore',
    'Microsoft.Xbox.TCUI',
    'Microsoft.XboxApp',
    'Microsoft.XboxGameOverlay',
    'Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay',
    'Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider',
    'Microsoft.XboxSpeechToTextOverlay',
    'Microsoft.YourPhone',
    'Microsoft.ZuneMusic',
    'Microsoft.ZuneVideo.Count'
    )

    -----------

    CODE

    -----------

    ForEach ($App in $AppBlackList) {
    $PackageFullName = (Get-AppxPackage $App).PackageFullName
    $ProvisionedPackageFullName = (Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Where {$_.Displayname -eq $App}).PackageName

    If ($PackageFullName) { Remove-AppxPackage -Package $PackageFullName }  
    If ($ProvisionedPackageFullName) { Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online -PackageName $ProvisionedPackageFullName }  
    

    }


  5. Anonymous
    2021-05-27T08:51:55.44+00:00

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