WIn10 apps reinstalling when a domain user logs in after uninstalling it from local admin account

Hello all, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend

Is anyone else running into this issue with a domain joined Win10 machine in which the windows apps are removed via a power shell script on the local admin account but as soon as a domain user logs in, it re-installs the apps.

I decided to test this theory by making some test local machine user accounts and deleted the apps from the admin account. once I signed in to the local machine user accounts, the apps were gone. But as soon as I sign in with a domain account, the apps reinstall on the machine which is causing a major headache.

 I have read on the Microsoft forums that one can disable the win10 apps via a GPO edit so we are looking into that to see if that solves the issue.

one thing I have noticed that when I try to run the Power Shell script to remove the apps as an administrator, it only deals with the apps on the local machine admin account and not the domain user account. 

If anyone has any suggestion or ideas, Ill be more than happy to try them out!

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  • make sure you are also doing the remove-appxprovisionedpackage -online

    Doing just Remove-Appxpackage will only remove them for the current account.

    Here is my postinstall script:

    $ProvisionedAppPackageNames = @(
    "microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps" #Mail, Calendar


    foreach ($ProvisionedAppName in $ProvisionedAppPackageNames) {
    Get-AppxPackage -Name $ProvisionedAppName -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage
    Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -Online | where DisplayName -EQ $ProvisionedAppName | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online
    } - khoelle 3 years ago
    • allow me to try and run this script again to see if i get the same thing if another domain user signs in - adams071 3 years ago
      • I have ran the script mentioned above but it only removes the apps from the local machine admin account and not the domain user accounts.

        Once I have singed in with another user domain account, all of the apps have reinstalled. - adams071 3 years ago
  • that is the same exact script I have used when doing searches and it still re-installs when i sign in with a domain account.

    we are using win10 ENT if that helps at all - adams071 3 years ago
  • Make sure DISABLE Consumer features is enabled during the Deployment phase.

    Also you could use GPO to prevent apps from installing. - Channeler 3 years ago
    • Ill forward this to my higher ups who make GPO and image deployment changes to see if they can apply this to our Win10 image since we PXEBoot our machines to get imaged - adams071 3 years ago
      • See:

        This can be disabled at Answer File (unattended.xml) level, this is only for Win10 Enterprise Edition. - Channeler 3 years ago

Answers (1)

Posted by: JordanNolan 3 years ago
9th Degree Black Belt

There are two steps to this.  You have to run the "Remove-AppxPackage -AllUsers" command and also the "Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online" command.  Here are a couple of lines I use to remove a majority of the Windows 10 apps.  It leaves Store, Calculator, Edge, and a few others and gets rid of Xbox and other junk.

  • Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | where-object {$_.name -notlike "*Store*" -and $_.name -notlike "*Calculator*" -and $_.name -notlike "*Windows.Photos*" -and $_.name -notlike "*SoundRecorder*" -and $_.name -notlike "*Edge*"} | Remove-AppxPackage -erroraction silentlycontinue

  • Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -online | where-object {$_.displayname -notlike "*Store*" -and $_.displayname -notlike "*Calculator*" -and $_.displayname -notlike "*Windows.Photos*" -and $_.displayname -notlike "*SoundRecorder*" -and $_.displayname -notlike "*Edge*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online -erroraction silentlycontinue

This works on Build 1709.

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