Windows 10: Removal of Extra, Non-Essential Applications and Services
With the management of Windows images, we all would like to get our install listing down to only those apps needed as well as the services that are needed. It helps with image storage, transfer, and deployment. What resources have you used or are currently using for the setup and maintenance of Windows images that include only the essential Windows installation and services? I admit that the listing of applications that are not part of Windows Core will vary on need of the area i.e. higher education, medical, small business, enterprise. I am looking for any lists, articles, workflows, scripts, or best practices that would help with
the minimizing of the Windows footprint on the hard drive, essential applications, and enabling
only the services that are needed. Thanks for looking at my question.
Community Chosen Answer
It's always easier if it's a Win10 Enterprise, but this is a very very good a detailed guide:
Unfortunately, this will not prevent new users from getting new Provisioned Apps installed. (Provisioned Apps are not the same as Apps). For that Microsoft recommends using GPO.
They may return during an Upgrade Step, see:
You could use the PS commands posted here, they will not remove any core app, I tested it with 1803, and it's still working: