Question Which Windows 11 Pre-Installed Microsoft Apps You Remove on Every New Install?

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lokamoka820

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A default installation of Windows 11 includes dozens of Microsoft apps. Which ones are worth keeping, and which ones should you uninstall?
 
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You can carefully prep your setup, harden it and install all necessary applications and so on, then make a golden drive image. Then you can simply re-image with that golden image whenever you need a clean machine, no? No tradeoffs necessary.
This sounds really good, any link you recommend that shows how to do this?
 
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I got rid of the in-built and new apps, except for these few.

App Installer
Calculator
HEIF Image Extension
HEVC Video Extensions from Device Manufacturer
Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Store
Paint
Raw Image Extension
Store Experience Host
VP9 Video Extensions
Web Media Extensions
Web Image Extensions
Windows Notepad
Windows Security
Windows Web Experience Pack
Windows Terminal

You wouldn't need those extensions if you are using a good media player like PotPlayer or an image viewer like FastStone/noMacs
 

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I have all three installed and no signs of Copilot.

Well, one less thing I have to disable... 😆
Click Start->Type "installed apps" and check if you have Microsoft CoPilot and Windows CoPilot MSIX pack over there.

Have you disabled the icon on taskbar? Right click on taskbar->taskbar settings->check if you have CoPilot in Windows (preview).

Do you have the latest 23H2 version of Windows 11?
 

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As far as I know, there is no CoPilot in the EU:
 

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Click Start->Type "installed apps" and check if you have Microsoft CoPilot and Windows CoPilot MSIX pack over there.

Have you disabled the icon on taskbar? Right click on taskbar->taskbar settings->check if you have CoPilot in Windows (preview).

Do you have the latest 23H2 version of Windows 11?
No signs in installed apps and in task bar settings either.

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As far as I know, there is no CoPilot in the EU:
Oh, that's why! It's not that I want it, but seeing everyone saying they have to disable it, I asked myself if there's something wrong with my Windows installation. LOL
 

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You wouldn't need those extensions if you are using a good media player like PotPlayer or an image viewer like FastStone/noMacs
I currently use VLC and FastStone Image Viewer. I used to remove those extensions, but I realized that sometimes an image or video wouldn't open because of a missing extension. So, I started keeping the extensions just in case. However, I can always re-download them if needed.

In my system, I still have three manufacturers' apps installed - Intel Graphic Command Center, Realtek Audio, and Dolby. I don't actually use these apps and rely on Windows settings instead. Should I remove these apps?
 
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rashmi

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I currently use VLC and FastStone Image Viewer. I used to remove those extensions, but I realized that sometimes an image or video wouldn't open because of a missing extension. So, I started keeping the extensions just in case. However, I can always re-download them if needed.

In my system, I still have three manufacturers' apps installed - Intel Graphic Command Center, Realtek Audio, and Dolby. I don't actually use these apps and rely on Windows settings instead. Should I remove these apps?
I removed the apps with "extension" in the name. Also removed the three mentioned apps. Didn't notice any problems.

I replaced VLC with PotPlayer and liked it. Can PotPlayer play all formats, like VLC, or do I require OpenCodec? I didn't install OpenCodec, which PotPlayer mentioned during installation.

Should I remove Store Experience Host, Windows Web Experience Pack, and Windows Package Manager Source (winget)?
 

lokamoka820

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Can PotPlayer play all formats, like VLC, or do I require OpenCodec?
Yes PotPlayer can play all format.
Should I remove Store Experience Host, Windows Web Experience Pack, and Windows Package Manager Source (winget)?
I don't know about Store Experience Host and Windows Web Experience Pack, but you can remove Windows Package Manager Source (winget) safely without problems, if you don't use it or use WingetUI.
 
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Yes PotPlayer can play all format.

I don't know about Store Experience Host and Windows Web Experience Pack, but you can remove Windows Package Manager Source (winget) safely without problems, if you don't use it or use WingetUI.
I believe you need winget to be installed in order to use WingetUI?

I removed the apps with "extension" in the name. Also removed the three mentioned apps. Didn't notice any problems.

I replaced VLC with PotPlayer and liked it. Can PotPlayer play all formats, like VLC, or do I require OpenCodec? I didn't install OpenCodec, which PotPlayer mentioned during installation.

Should I remove Store Experience Host, Windows Web Experience Pack, and Windows Package Manager Source (winget)?
Try playing some .H265 formats and see if it plays well on PotPlayer without OpenCodec. If it does, then all good. If it doesn't then try switching the renderer from the PotPlayer UI (right click->video->renderer) to Madshi and check if it works again (It's the best video renderer in the world). If it doesn't, run the PotPlayer installer again and install OpenCodec or leave OpenCodec and use my settings below.

PotPlayer by itself is far more capable and is better performant than VLC. I also use LAVFilters, MadVR and XySubFilter with PotPlayer. If you like to, and if it's not an overkill for you, visit tennojim.xyz on how to set it up. TennojiM - Media playback stack ultimate guide: PotPlayer + LAV Filters + XySubFilter + MadVR + ASIO
 
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I remove all built-in apps except calculator and notepad. I remove Winget and Curl from my standard accounts because it is Least Privilege, the standard account has no business installing software. It is also a security risk, because hackers and malware can use it to install their stuff.
 
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I currently use VLC and FastStone Image Viewer. I used to remove those extensions, but I realized that sometimes an image or video wouldn't open because of a missing extension. So, I started keeping the extensions just in case. However, I can always re-download them if needed.

In my system, I still have three manufacturers' apps installed - Intel Graphic Command Center, Realtek Audio, and Dolby. I don't actually use these apps and rely on Windows settings instead. Should I remove these apps?
Just found that FastStone doesn't display heic images, if the extension is uninstalled on Windows. On the other hand, XnView image displays them without the extension. It's a shame, as FastStone is probably the fastest viewer I have used.
 

lokamoka820

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Just found that FastStone doesn't display heic images, if the extension is uninstalled on Windows. On the other hand, XnView image displays them without the extension. It's a shame, as FastStone is probably the fastest viewer I have used.
I don't know why, but I never feel comfort with XnView, and always back to FastStone, IrfanView is good as a viewer but not as a manger or organizer for me.
 
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