Since the release of Windows 10, it has been common for organization to try and reduce the footprint of built-in apps (or default apps) in their reference images, or even during bare-metal deployment. Over the years, the community has provided several solutions on how to accomplish this including myself. During this time, I’ve attempted to keep my script updated after each new release of Windows 10. You’ll find the post about the method I’m using in the script and how to use it when creating a reference image here:
Now with Windows 10 version 1809 released, it’s time for another update for the remove built-in apps script.
I’ve made the script available on our GitHub repository along with all the other scripts that we’ve shared, and it’s available on the following URL:
Below is a list of changes and additions made to the latest version of the script:
- White list has been split up from this version of the script going forward. Hopefully it will be more visually clear what has been added in terms of white listed built-in apps.
- The following built-in apps have been added to the white list for Windows 10 version 1809:
Using the script
Reference the previous instructions from the original post mentioned above. I highly encourage you to also implement the solution at the bottom from Johan’s blog about how to turn of the automatic app updates from the Windows Store. If you intend to use this script for bare-metal deployment using e.g. ConfigMgr, that’s also supported. Simply execute the script after the operating system has been applied after the Setup Windows and ConfigMgr step.
And when using the script in ConfigMgr, here’s an example of how that could look:
Principal Consultant and Enterprise Mobility MVP since 2016. Nickolaj has been in the IT industry for the past 10 years specializing in Enterprise Mobility and Security, Windows devices and deployments including automation. Currently working for TrueSec as a Principal Consultant. Awarded as PowerShell Hero in 2015 by the community for his script and tools contributions. Creator of ConfigMgr Prerequisites Tool, ConfigMgr OSD FrontEnd, ConfigMgr WebService to name a few. Frequent speaker at conferences and user groups.