Remove Multiple Modern Apps from Windows 8

There are numerous modern apps that are a built into Windows 8 and they are featured prominently on the Start screen. It may well be the case that you don’t want to use them because they just aren’t apps you’re interested in, or it may be that you have found a better alternative.

You can right click a tile and selecting the uninstall option, but if you want to remove multiple apps at once you can do so with a PowerShell Script. You can also use this technique to uninstall multiple apps you have installed from the Store.

You can download a readymade script from the TechNet Script Center that can be used to select all of the modern apps you want to remove, and uninstall them all at once. Download the script and extract it from the zip file.

Launch PowerShell in Administrator mode by pressing the Windows key to bring up the Start screen and then type Powershell. Right click the Windows PowerShell icon and then click the ‘Run as administrator’ button at the bottom of the screen before clicking Yes in the User Account Control dialog.

Run the script by typing its full path at the command prompt and then press Enter.

You will see a list of all of the modern apps you have installed. This list includes apps that you have installed and those that are built into Windows 8.

Each app has a number next to it and you can use these to specify which apps should be uninstalled. Just enter all of the app numbers, separated by commas, and press Enter.

Confirm the action and after a moment or two the selected apps will be removed for you.

Should you change your mind about an app you have removed, you can easily reinstate it from the Store.

It may be that you would like to remove all modern apps form your hard drive, and if this is the case you have a couple of options available to you.

The first option can be used to remove all apps from the account you are currently logged into.  Launch PowerShell as an administrator and type the following command before pressing Enter:

Secondly, you can use the following command to remove all modern apps from all user accounts:

Manage Windows Optional Features From PowerShell

The first thing you will want to do is see what features you have enabled, to do this we will need to pass the output of the Get-WindowsOptionalFeature cmdlet down the pipeline, where it can be filtered and formatted:

That will give you a nice tabulated view of what is enabled.

If you want to see what features are disabled you can use the following:


If you need to disable a feature you can use the following:

This assumes that the feature that you want to disable is NetFx3.

Of course, you will most likely be adding a feature which can be done like so:

That’s all there is to it.

Windows 8 Keyboard shortcuts

Windows 8 is performance wise a great OS. Much faster then Windows 7 and you can double the speed if your coming from Windows XP or earlier BUT the new interface is a big turn down for a lot of people. My first impressions weren’t as good as well, I’ve tried multiple 3th party start menu’s but none could convince me. Until I’ve decided to work with the new start menu together with the shortcuts. And guess what, everything turns out to be great. For a lot of people changes aren’t good, but try to use the new menu together with these Windows 8 Keyboard shortcuts and you will see that Windows 8 is a great OS

Windows 8 Keyboard shortcuts

  • F1: Show help
  • F2: File rename
  • F3: Open search
  • F4: Open address bar list
  • F5: Display refresh
  • F6: Cycle through elements in open Window
  • F7: Show command history
  • F10: Show hidden menu bar
  • F11: Switch to full-screen display
  • Windows + start typing – Search PC
  • ctrl + plus key (+) = Zoom screen in
  • ctrl + minus key (-) = Zoom screen out
  • ctrl + mouse wheel = Zoom screen in and out
  • Windows + up (directional arrow) key = Maximize current window
  • Windows + down (directional arrow) key = Minimize current window
  • Windows + left (directional arrow) key = Maximize current window, move to left of screen
  • Windows + right (directional arrow) key = Maximize current window, move to right of screen
  • Windows + C = Open charms bar
  • Windows + F = Open search
  • Windows + H = Open share
  • Windows + I = Open settings
  • Windows + J = Switch between snapped and primary app
  • Windows + K = Open devices charm
  • Windows + O = Lock screen orientation
  • Windows + Q = Open search for apps
  • Windows + W = Open search for settings
  • Windows + Z = Show available app commands
  • Windows + spacebar = Switch keyboard layout and input language
  • Windows + ctrl + spacebar = Revert to previous input
  • Windows + tab = Cycle through running apps
  • Windows + tab + ctrl = Cycle through running apps, snap selection as cycled
  • Windows + tab + shift = Cycle through running apps, snap selection as cycled (in reverse)
  • Windows + tab + pgup = Moves apps and start screen to left monitor (for multi-monitor setups)
  • Windows + tab + pgdown = Moves apps and start screen to right monitor (for multi-monitor setups)
  • Windows + period (.) + shift = Snap an app to the left
  • Windows + period (.) = Snap an app to the right

Windows 8 Keyboard shortcuts reference