With Windows 10, Microsoft’s strategy with apps changed significantly. The company not only changed how it charges users for Windows updates, but it also revamped the way it makes money out of Windows 10. And one of that includes promoting third-party apps and games through the Start Menu, including things like pre-installing stupid Candy Crush games with your new device.
The company is now working to fix some of these “problems” in Windows 10, starting with some of its own apps. Although you can already uninstall pre-installed, third-party apps and games like Candy Crush, some of Microsoft’s own apps like 3D Viewer, Groove Music couldn’t be uninstalled. That’s really quite annoying as most Windows 10 users likely don’t even use 3D Viewer, and Groove Music is now literally a music player now that Microsoft doesn’t have a music streaming service. The same can be said about other apps like Paint 3D.
That’s changing soon with the next major Windows 10 update, codenamed 19H1. Microsoft today released build 18262 of Windows 10 19H1 to Insiders in the Fast Ring and Skip Ahead with the ability to uninstall more of the pre-installed apps in Windows 10, including 3D Viewer, Calculator, Calendar, Groove Music, Mail, Movies & TV, Paint 3D, Snip & Sketch, Sticky Notes, and Voice Recorder. If you don’t use any of these apps on your machine, the ability to uninstall them will now help you clean up your Start Menu.
The new build of Windows 10 also lets users identify which of their running apps are DPI Aware through the Task Manager, and brings improvements for the built-in troubleshooter in Windows 10 and Narrator.