Previously, I showed you how to remove all bundled Windows 10 apps at once, or remove them individually. You can also remove all except the Store using my PowerShell script or reinstall the Windows Store app if you removed it. In this article, I will cover an additional way to get rid of all bundled apps but keep the Windows Store installed. A single PowerShell command is all you need to perform this task. Let's see how it can be easily done.
As you may already know, Windows 10 allows the user to install Store apps to an SD card so that free space on the drive where the operating system is installed is not used up. Some users who turned on this option faced the issue that their SD card apps do not update from the Store any more. Windows Store shows updates are available, but when installing, it gives an error. Here is how to fix this.
With Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft has added a new feature to Universal Apps - now the apps can have badges on their taskbar buttons. This feature is an additional way to notify the user about something new requiring his attention. The feature works similarly to classic Destkop apps: just like Skype for Desktop draws a badge to show unread events count, the Universal app, "Mail" bundled with Windows 10 can show you the number of unseen new messages. If you would like to disable taskbar badges for Windows 10 apps, here is how it can be done.
If you have multiple user accounts in Windows 10 and you have installed some Universal apps for all users, you may face an issue that such apps do not start. While the apps work for the user which installed them, they may fail to launch for other users, and the Start menu cannot be dismissed. Here is what to do in this case.
Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the next major update to Windows 10 will bring a notable number of changes to the operating system. These includes a Card UI in Action Center and Cortana to show snippets of info, Edge with add-on support, improved customization options for the Action Center, more added Settings and a new Start menu. These are just some of the changes Microsoft is working on. A new interesting change was spotted for the upcoming release of Windows 10. Microsoft is working to create a new Advanced Options page for app add-ons and downloadable content for apps.
New information about Universal Apps designed for the Windows 10 platform has revealed an interesting change. Microsoft announced a few days ago that the Groove Music app now has Insider rings just like the operating system itself has. The ability to have "Insider rings" is not limited to the built-in Windows apps.
As smartphones and social media became popular, notification badges to show you new messages became a de facto standard. In Windows 7, Microsoft added overlays for the taskbar so apps could convey anything with a smaller icon over the application's icon.
That overlay could show for example, unread message count for IM and email apps, or play/paused status for media players and similar such notifications for websites pinned to the taskbar using IE. With Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the same will be possible for Universal Apps.
Windows 10 is well known for resetting apps which the user has set by default. After various updates and build upgrades, Windows 10 resets the default browser back to Edge, the email app back to the Universal Windows Platform Mail app. The same happens for Photos, Groove Music and so on. If you are getting annoyed by having your file associations reset to default Metro apps after certain updates, here is how you can try to prevent it.
If you use Universal (Metro) apps in Windows 10, you might have noticed that like system updates, these apps also get updated automatically. New versions of apps are generally larger. They install without your consent and this not only causes additional traffic and reduces disk space but some apps might have regressions, changed design or missing features in the new version. So you might not want to update all your apps automatically and instead prefer to update them manually. Here is how to disable the automatic updating of apps in Windows 10.
As you might be knowing, Skype's Metro app comes bundled with Windows 10. Recently, Microsoft introduced its companion app called Messaging. Now Microsoft has rolled out updates for Skype, Messaging, People and Video apps which refine the look of those apps.