How to uninstall and remove Connect in Windows 10

There is a Connect app bundled with Windows 10. Using that app, you can bring the Continuum experience from your phone to the PC without needing a dock or Miracast adapter. If you have no use for the Connect app, here is how you can remove it completely in Windows 10.

Out of the box, Windows 10 comes with a set of bundled apps. Some of them are new to Windows 10, like Phone Companion or Xbox, while others were created to replace classic Win32 apps, like Calculator or Windows Photo Viewer. Another example is the Edge browser, which Microsoft recommends you to use instead of Internet Explorer.

Windows 10 Connect app The Connect app is one of those apps. The streaming feature of this app requires a Continuum-enabled Windows 10 phone to get it working. It also allows other Miracast-enabled PCs to project to other PCs without needing a dock or Miracast adapter.

If you have no use for these features, you can remove it as described below.

  1. Download the Uninstall Connect ZIP file I prepared it to make the process of removing the app easy.
  2. Extract all files from the ZIP archive you downloaded to any desired folder, e.g. Desktop or Documents.
  3. Right click the Uninstall Connect.cmd file and select "Run as Administrator". Windows 19 uninstall connect app
  4. Wait till the process is done. Windows 10 remove Connect app
  5. Restart Windows 10.

Behind this trick is an application called WIMTweak which manages Windows Packages and allows you to hide/unhide them from the Windows image (WIM) file. It works on offline images as well as online. WIMTweak was created by MSFN user Legolash2o, so credits for this awesome tool go to him.

Bonus tip: In our recent articles, we showed you a way to remove other built-in apps. You might want to read them.

That's it. Thanks to my friend Nick for the idea.

39 thoughts on “How to uninstall and remove Connect in Windows 10

  1. brian

    thank you so much!!!

    Reply
  2. j

    Could you add the exact actions that are performed by the script and tool?
    thanks

    Reply
  3. JQP

    This is nice but I would much prefer step by step instructions for removing it vs downloading something from someone I dont know.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      as you wish. the app is open source. learn what it does and you are done.

      Reply
    2. Tk

      i opened up the scripted. its removing “Microsoft-PPIProjection-Package” from registry. go for it.

      Reply
  4. Phil

    can i delete Photos app in Windows 8.1?

    Reply
    1. Bob

      No, Photos, Store, Camera, Settings, OneDrive – these 5 apps can’t be removed in 8.1.

      Reply
      1. Phil

        oh ok thanks for reply

        Reply
  5. rick

    I ran the program as administrator and rebooted. The start menu item disappeared but there is still a ‘connect’ on the right side notification area for the miracast.

    Reply
    1. John T

      when i run the file it says “please make sure mount path is correct”
      i downloaded it and extracted it in the downloads folder and also tried in the c
      same issue. Also read an article that stated that connect cannot be removed as it is part of the operating system?

      Reply
  6. Sharon

    THank you, you are my hero. I now have my smart tv back working, all my other wireless appliances and you saved my sanity. I printed you all the pages of your instructions and did as you instructed and it worked straight away. I am not a wiz with the computer so if I can do it anyone. Just read and follow.
    Thank you again and my husband thanks you to.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome.

      Reply
  7. steve

    when i run the file it says “please make sure mount path is correct”
    i downloaded it and extracted it in the downloads folder and also tried in the c
    same issue

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Sorry, I accidentally deleted a double quote character from the reg file. Fixed now.

      Reply
  8. Alan

    didn’t work for me in Windows 10

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Which build/version of Windows 10 you are running?

      Reply
  9. Alan

    Hi, OS build 14393.1358

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Does it show any error message?

      Reply
  10. Alan

    Nope, nothing
    . Surprised to see the icon still there after a reboot.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Can you paste here the output of the batch file? Run it once again and copy-paste please.

      Reply
  11. Alan

    ‘install_wim_tweak.exe’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.
    ‘install_wim_tweak.exe’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.
    ‘install_wim_tweak.exe’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.
    The Connect app should be uninstalled. Please reboot Windows 10.
    Press any key to continue . . .

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Please ensure that you have extracted all the files in the same folder. The install_wim_tweak.exe file is missing, according to the output.

      Reply
  12. Alan

    Success! Thanks for your help. Alan

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome.

      Reply
  13. Edo

    Hi Sergey,
    It seems that in Fall Creators Update there is some issue with your tool.
    It looks like it removed the app, since the icon is not present in the start menu, but if I look at Event Viewer there is an error:
    The Appx operation ‘RemovePackageAsync’ on ‘Windows.MiracastView_6.3.0.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy’ failed for user ‘Edo’ – Deployment Remove operation with target volume C: on Package Windows.MiracastView_6.3.0.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy from: failed with error 0x80070490. See http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=235160 for help diagnosing app deployment issues.. (Error: Removal failed. Please contact your software vendor.)
    Also.
    If I look at PowerShell there is a Pending removal status:
    PackageUserInformation : {S-1-5-21-346989771-1160639889-3117841305-1000 [EDO-PC\Edo]: Installed(pending removal)}
    Any advice?

    Reply
    1. Peter

      I’ve got the same issue with Edo.
      PackageFullName : Windows.MiracastView_6.3.0.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy
      PackageUserInformation : {S-1-5-21-3060278815-791920072-1421702165-500 [Administrator]: Installed(pending removal)}

      This is preventing me from doing a sysprep /generalize.
      Any advise would be appreciated.

      Reply
      1. Tara

        Anyone found a solution for the issue…

        PackageFullName : Windows.MiracastView_6.3.0.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy
        PackageUserInformation : {S-1-5-21-3060278815-791920072-1421702165-500 [Administrator]: Installed(pending removal)}

        My Sysprep is failing as well.

        Reply
        1. JPEA

          If you removed the provisioned app using….

          remove-appxprovisionedpackage -online -packagename Windows.MiracastView_6.3.0.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy

          and are now getting an error when attempting to sysprep, run the following line as administrator in powershell:
          get-appxpackage *Windows.MiraCastView* | remove-appxpackage

          Reply
    2. Ali

      I’ve got the same issue with sysprep failing with MiracastView – any advise to resolve it would be greatly appreciated.

      Reply
  14. JPEA

    Great tool! Unfortunately….it doesn’t work in 1709. :(

    Reply
  15. AppX99Problems

    PROBLEM: Someone (probably at Microsoft) decided to remove C:WindowsMiraCastView from 1709 deployment, when it goes from staged to pending removal, it tries to create a “Resiliency File” using a file it can’t find. This was seen in the Get-AppXLog command.

    SOLUTION: Copy the folder C:Windows.oldMiraCastView to C:WindowsMiraCastView and reboot your machine. You should be able to sysprep if you have no other AppX problems. If you don’t have Windows.old (clean install), you’ll need to copy from another machine that has been deployed (at least the manifest file).

    Reply
    1. Eric Jorgensen

      I did not upgrade to 1709 so I do not have a windows.old file. Any ideas on what to do?

      Reply
  16. nielsen.t

    First of all, thanks for a great tool!

    I too had problems getting it to work with the Fall Creators Update (1709).

    Here is what I had to do to make it work:

    BEFORE running the “Uninstall Connect” cmd after updating to 1709, follow the above instructions from AppX99Problems to copy the folder C:Windows.old\MiraCastView to C:Windows\MiraCastView. Restart the computer.

    THEN run the “Uninstall Connect” cmd as instructed in the above article, restart, and the Connect app should be gone.

    Here is where I went wrong: If you updated to 1709 and ran the “Uninstall Connect” cmd PRIOR to copying the MiraCastView folder, it won’t work, even retroactively. Doing this left a dead link to “ms-resource:productname” in my start menu. I had to rollback 1709, reinstall the update, and start over.

    Hope this helps someone!

    Reply
  17. Xalcker

    Is there any way to reinstall? or Install in LTSB?

    Reply
  18. Anon

    W10 1803

    After uninstall connect
    1.restart
    2.right click connect-more-app setting
    3.click terminate and reset
    4.restart

    Reply
  19. David

    Thank you! This has worked a treat!

    Reply
  20. Aaditya Kakroo

    I want how to re-/install Microsoft Connect?

    Reply
  21. Aaditya Kakroo

    How to Re-/Install Microsoft Connect back on windows 10 latest (CMD) Please help!

    Reply
  22. Aaditya Kakroo

    Help me how to Re-/Install Microsoft Connect back (CMD) into Windows 10?!

    Reply

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