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    Remove Metro Apps

    Sorry or is it Modern Apps!

    I've trying to remove some of the start menu crud like Games and Health and fitness with the powershell commands:

    Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage
    and
    Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online

    However, the first command generates errors saying that each app is a part of windows and cannot be installed (really? games?!) and the second completes but the users still get all these apps showingon their start menu.

    I want to remove these before prepping a Win8 image but can't seem to find any other way of doing it (MS suggest removing them from Add/Remove Features, but they're not in there!)

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    Use DISM as outlined in my post here: Windows 8.1 Keeps restoring Metro apps

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    Does that mean manually removing each one? FFS, did MS ever realise that Windows 8.1 Enterprise might actually be used in a work environment!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheridan View Post
    Does that mean manually removing each one?
    Nope!

    Code:
    # Remove Windows 8.1 RTM provisioned apps.
    
    $AppList = "Microsoft.BingFinance",
               "Microsoft.BingFoodAndDrink",
               "Microsoft.BingHealthAndFitness",
               "Microsoft.BingMaps",
               "Microsoft.BingNews",
               "Microsoft.BingSports",
               "Microsoft.BingTravel",
               "Microsoft.BingWeather",
               "Microsoft.HelpAndTips",
               "Microsoft.Reader",
               "Microsoft.SkypeApp",
               "Microsoft.WindowsAlarms",
               "Microsoft.WindowsCalculator",
               "microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps",
               "Microsoft.WindowsReadingList",
               "Microsoft.WindowsScan",
               "Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorder",
               "Microsoft.XboxLIVEGames",
               "Microsoft.ZuneMusic",
               "Microsoft.ZuneVideo"
    
    ForEach ($App in $AppList) {
       $AppxPackage = Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -online | Where {$_.DisplayName -eq $App}
       Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online -packagename ($AppxPackage.PackageName)
       Remove-AppxPackage ($AppxPackage.PackageName)
    }

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    Lovely! Didn't fancy trawling through the output to get the exact names.

    Its got rid of them, but users who already had profiles on the image still get the icons - I assume removing the apps only effects new users, which is fine as this is a new image I'm working on.

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    do it to your source install.wim that way they dont install. my install.wim removes apps i dont want and installs dot net 3.5 from the outset

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    I seem to have also removed the PC Settings app as well - whenever I click the link nothing happens!

    Is there a way of just restoring that part? I think that and IE are possibly the only ones that would get used.

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    Cool

    We use this code to remove all the merto apps during sysprep. (Skydrive, Photos and camera won't be removed)
    Code:
    Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage
    Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage –online
    Don't need to specify names

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    Bu t does that also remove the PC settings part? I'm trying to set a default lock screen etc for the image. Its a shame MS haven't provided group policies for all this stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheridan View Post
    ...I'm trying to set a default lock screen etc for the image. Its a shame MS haven't provided group policies for all this stuff.
    You can set default lock screen with GPO

    Code:
    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization
    Force a specific default lock screen image.

    If you are installing 8.1 you can also specify assent colours and start menu background from here as well.

    William

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    I keep forgetting to make sure I'm editing these policies from a Win8 machine! I use both Win7 and Win8 and sometimes the policy settings don't show on the 7 one.

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