Windows: How to get rid of bloatware in a single command line

Eliminate Windows bloatware in a command line, nothing easier with this script.

Windows has always had a problem with bloatware – even though Samsung recently snatched the crown from Microsoft on this subject. Bloatware is a large family of apps, services, and other programs that you don’t need, never asked for, and that come bundled with Windows, sometimes even preinstalled.

Eliminate Windows bloatware in a command line

With the launch of Windows 11, the situation improved somewhat and Microsoft began to degrease its operating system from such leeches. However, there are still a number of them, such as Skype, 3DBuilder, Asphalt 8, Microsoft News, Feedback Hub and many others which are installed by default (and which take resources for nothing).

Removing this bloatware benefits you for two reasons: you will save storage and make your machine faster. If you’re using a rather aging computer or just like the idea of ​​having a slightly lighter OS, this guide can help you clean up the house with a single command.

The traditional way to remove bloatware is to first identify it and then uninstall it manually. It still works today, if you can find the app in Settings > Apps > Apps & features. Once found, click on the Menu button with the three small dots and choose Uninstall. Confirm and follow the process.

Nothing could be simpler with this script

But it doesn’t work with hidden apps, system apps, and background processes that Microsoft bundles into its OS. This is where an automatic script can save the day. Sycnex Developer ‘s Windows10Debloater script works with Windows 10 and Windows 11 and provides one-click removal of all known bloatware, or just some of it.

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Before proceeding, however, you should be fully aware that running scripts from GitHub, or any other source, which plus any scripts that require elevated permissions is not without risk. This particular script wants administrator rights, which, if the script in question is compromised or badly written, can have more or less dangerous consequences on your system.

As of this writing, there are no reports of any issues with this script, which is now almost four years old. That being said, it is always important to be very careful before performing such an operation. Go through the scripts well before running them on your PC to know if they do what they are supposed to do. If you have the slightest doubt, it is better to avoid launching them.

To get started, go to the Start menu and search for Windows PowerShell. Right-click on the result and click Run as administrator.

In the PowerShell window, type the command below and press Enter. This will download the files automatically from GitHub and create a system restore point, in case something goes wrong.

iwr -useb https://git.io/debloat|iex

Entering this command will launch a new program where you will see options to disable Cortana, One Drive, etc.

Click on the “Customize Blocklist” button and select the bloatware(s) you want to remove. Save the file and click on “Remove Bloatware with Custom Blocklist”.

The script will run and remove the selected apps. Once done, restart your PC and you should see the changes.

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