How to uninstall and remove the Xbox app in Windows 10

Microsoft includes a number of pre-installed Universal (Metro) apps in Windows 10. One such app is Xbox. It allows you to track your Xbox social activity and achievements, record game clips, and stream games from Xbox One to PC. The app connects to the Xbox Live community where you can chat with friends, share captured screenshots and gaming videos and play multiplayer games common to the PC and Xbox One. If these things are not for you and you have no use for the Xbox app, here is how you can delete it completely.


xbox Windows 10 logo bannerOut 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.

In our recent articles, we showed you a way to remove built-in apps using PowerShell. You might want to read them.

In this article, we will see how to get rid of the Xbox app in Windows 10.

To uninstall and remove Xbox in Windows 10, here is what you should do:

    1. Type powershell into the Start menu or Taskbar search box, right click it and choose "Run as administrator".
    2. PowerShell will be opened as administrator. See All ways to open PowerShell in Windows 10 for 10 run powershell from ribbon
    3. Type or copy-paste the following command:
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxApp | Remove-AppxPackage
  1. Wait till the process is done and then type "exit" to close PowerShell.Windows 10 bundled apps output

That's it.

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112 thoughts on “How to uninstall and remove the Xbox app in Windows 10”

        1. Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxApp | Remove-AppxPackage does work, you just gotta do it right.

          First test to see if the Xbox app is installed by pressing Win Key + G. If you get a small gray box asking if you’re running a game, then the app is still installed and you should follow these steps (close the box of course):

          1. Run PowerShell as an admin.
          2. Run: Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxApp | Remove-AppxPackage
          3. A message might flash at the top of the PowerShell window for a moment, but there’ll probably be no messages under the command when you run it.
          4. RESTART YOUR COMPUTER. Do not try the test until this happens. Even trying to run the Xbox app will silently reinstall it if the computer hasn’t been rebooted since running the powershell commands.
          5. Press Win Key + G. You should see nothing happen. Horray for no more lag or silly notifications in games!

          1. Nope. This doesn’t do anything at all for me. I have powershell opened with admin privileges, paste in Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxApp | Remove-AppxPackage and press enter and literally nothing happens. Win + G brings up the game bar, so I know for a fact that XBOX bullshit is still installed.

      1. I can’t even find the search box–that used to be in Window 7 if you clicked on the start button–to type anything into. I HATE Windows 10 (not only for this lack but for many reason).

        1. Yes It’s all about money. They are making it so you can’t control what goes on your own computer. You can spend half a day trying to get a program off and the next day it’s right back on.

        1. Hello MIcheal,

          There is nothing wrong with using “All ways..”. In this case, he meant to show people “All of the ways to open PowerShell in Windows 10.

      2. I tried this but it didn’t work. Nothing happened. The cursor just dropped down waiting for the next command. It never ran the the removal.

      3. It didn’t work for me I get this error

        remove-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CFA, Removal failed. Please contact your software vendor. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80073CFA)
        Package Manager aborted the Remove operation because an invalid argument was passed: Microsoft.XboxApp.
        NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] 57e26250-808c-0001-56e4-e2578c80d401 in the Event Log or use the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID
        At line:1 char:1
        + remove-AppxPackage
        + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (Microsoft.XboxApp:String) [Remove-AppxPackage], IOException
        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.RemoveAppxPackageCommand

    1. Tried this repeatedly, and it does not work. When powershell is run as directed, it asks for a parameter, which is unknown to me.

      I do not want the x-box app or any other game app, as this is a work station, not an entertainment center. I do not, in fact, want MOST of the apps Windows 10 has felt free to saddle me with, as the only one that is of any use to me at all is the Weather App. All other apps are nothing but useless bloatware.

      Windows 10 is not improving with upgrades, either, as the most recent has rendered the start menu all but freaking useless. Great work — if you want the entire world going back to Windows 7.

        1. I had to go to windows ten because window 7 wouldn’t let me add names to my ancestry tree, well shit hit the fan. I can add names but I can’t watch my movie sites any more. there are so many app sthat are crap-xbox is one of them . the paint programs sucks, I had to add my own back on. I can get my paint back but can’t add to my home page. plus every time I go to something it wants me to sign in. whoever made windows 10 didn’t know his [censored] from a rabbit hole. I removed some stuff I didn’t need, but I need help to remove all the other crap

      1. I tried the same thing by copying your input and entering it at the command line. When this was entered the cmd just moved down and brought up the cmd prompt.

    2. Don’t search for the app after running command, just open the Store app and search for Xbox app and click “Get”

    3. This “fix” did not work for me. I was unable to uninstall the Xbox 360 Accessories App from Apps and Programs so I tried the above. When I ran the command it appeared to work, but nothing changed I was still getting the runtime error box when turning on my Xbox One controller. I did however find the solution to my problem and would bet it will probably fix the issue for most anyone having the runtime error issue. Go to the Microsoft Store and search for Xbox. In the list you will see Xbox Accessories. Install that and WALA the problem is solved.

      1. Microsoft, I don’t use my laptop for game playing so please remove Xbox. It’s not funny! If this continues, I may buy an Apple computer. Really? Why do this to your loyal customers???

  1. In my W/10 build Version 10.0.10586 Build 10586, running the admin command results in
    ‘Get-AppxPackage’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file, but you can right click on the Xbox icon in your Start Menu and uninstall it, which I did after running your command did not work. But thanks.

  2. The method recommended above does not work. It will only remove xbox from the start menu. Instead run this “Get-AppxPackage –AllUsers”, if desired you can capture the output by adding “> app-packs.txt”. The xbox package will be at the end. Within the package listing find label “PackageFullName” and copy what follows the ‘:’. Using that your command should look something like –

    Remove-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxApp_19.21.7006.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe

    Also remember to run powershell as administrator.

    1. Also doesn’t work, the correct one that I discovered by myself is Remove-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxApp_22.24.1006.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe

    2. This does work, you have to get the full package name from your own PC which may be different than the example Jim provided. The package name changes with the build of windows. Jim-thank you!

    3. didn’t work for me. I got this instead: Remove-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CFA, Removal failed. Please contact your software vendor.
      (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80073CFA)
      Package Manager aborted the Remove operation because an invalid argument was passed:
      NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] f98c557f-d17c-0000-a9a5-aef97cd1d301 in the Event Log or use
      the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID f98c557f-d17c-0000-a9a5-aef97cd1d301
      At line:1 char:1
      + Remove-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxApp_39.39.21002.0_x64_8wekyb3d8bbwe
      + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (Microsoft.XboxA…4_8wekyb3d8bbwe:String) [Remove-AppxPackage], IOException
      + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.RemoveAppxPackageCommand

      So then I tried the command the website suggested and it worked! Or so it says it did. Will check and see.

  3. This article title links to an article about a different subject:
    •Remove all apps bundled with Windows 10 but keep Windows Store
    You might want to fix that. (And then just delete this comment)

  4. It kind-of worked for me. Most of the Xbox is gone, but what remains are the three Xbox related services (Xbox Live Auth Manager, Game Save, and Networking Service).

  5. Thank you soooo much, it really helped, I don’t have some stupid thing in the background taking up my cpu and messing my games up!

  6. Microsoft says that you can configure start menü. but you cannot remove xbox , groove or other useless stuff. i wonder why microsoft has to be this lame ? is that to hard do editable ? do we have to read all the menüs all the time ?

    I want to build a panel that i want to add my programs.

    please build a Os that requires minimum software. no additional services we want . we can add later.

  7. I removed it because the app wasn’t working or opening.
    Thus i removed it and reinstalled it, but am still facing the same problem. The app will not launch

  8. well i tried it how you guys said it and it didnt work but what i did is i pressed win+r and then i pressed browse put box file copy it paste it there and it unindtall. This is just another way to see if it works and it did for me.

  9. I get this error message:

    Remove-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CFA, Removal
    failed. Please contact your software vendor. (Exception from HRESULT:
    error 0x80070032: AppX Deployment Remove operation on package
    from: C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI_cw5n1h2txyewy failed.
    This app is part of Windows and cannot be uninstalled on a per-user basis. An
    administrator can attempt to remove the app from the computer using Turn
    Windows Features on or off. However, it may not be possible to uninstall the

    What I can do now?

    1. This is nice and everything but this only works per user. Once you log in as a different user this junk comes back

  10. This worked on mine.
    Another site had “‘Get-AppxPackage *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage’” which failed.

  11. If you really want to remove an appX app for good (all users, etc) use either
    1. Powershell: Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online -packagename
    2. CMD: DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:

    First one (powershell) will not work if you had already uninstalled the app via Remove-AppxPackage for that user account (will say “File not found”). Also, Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage cmdlet expects a parameter called “PackageName”, whereas Get-AppxPackage provides “PackageFullName”, so you have to use a clunky Select-Object construct… And all it does in the end is call DISM.exe

    So I ended up using DISM directly:

    1. Dump the list of FULL package names via DISM into a text file via DISM itself:
    dism /online /Get-ProvisionedAppxPackages > C:\_Install\pkgs.txt

    2. Edit it to contain just the list of the package names you want to get rid of (grep, Notepad++ etc helps a lot :))
    3. Do the following in CMD:

    for /F %i in (C:\_Install\pkgs.txt) do dism /online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:%i
    !!! It is ESSENTIAL that you DO NOT have a SPACE between /PackageName: and %i !!!

    4. Enjoy!

  12. Restarted my PC and Xbox is still there. Win+G is also still working. Didn’t get any message in PowerShell

  13. i accidentially forgot the xbox part and fired:

    Get-AppxPackage | Remove-AppxPackage

    i think i have a clean machine now….


  14. Well done – the Windows site itself did not provide information this useful or easy to understand as that you’ve shared here. Thank you!

  15. Ok so Here’s what I’m trying to do: I use…well used the app frequently to talk to friends on Xbox. Sometime in late October-early November there was a windows update which screwed up the app. Or that’s what I think. To sum it up an update basically broke the apps voice communications function by making the sound output be a loud staticy screeching noise from any external microphone.

    Sometime I found this article, I used it to remove the app, reset the store then reinstalled. Did not work. Few tries later I basically go into the drive, searched XBOX and deleted everything. Well the app, even after fresh installs wont work. So is there anyway to use power-shell to make the system validate and recover files?

  16. Worked for me. I have full admin rights over the local machine. Permissions, and UAC, could be blocking others from successfully removing the XBox app

  17. The described method above does seem to effectively remove the evil option from my start menu.
    Thank you for that as this is most definitely a positive step in the correct direction.
    However, it does not eliminate the bloat which seems to be “owned” exclusively by ‘TrustedInstaller’ and it appears that I am unable to revise the permissions on the remaining files and folders to manually remove them myself.
    I thank you for your help toward effective resolution toward the extinction of this evil but humbly request that you continue your efforts to permanently resolve the issue.

    الله أكبر

  18. It worked… Okay, so nothing happened after I pasted the required line and hit enter, but then it took 2 days and Poof! the App was gone. Thank you! I’m not a gamer so this sucks that this is just included automatically with the Windows Update. They are trying to sell for King Gaming and that’s fine, but why be so difficult about it?

  19. Thank you so much. My computer slowed down yesterday, so I was looking for an answer, saw that Microsoft had downloaded xbox onto my computer yesterday (without my permission mind you) and I couldn’t u install it. I knew it had to be the culprit, so I searched again online for how to remove xbox and came upon this here website.

    I chose the Powershell method, and it worked like a charm. I restarted my computer just to be sure. Now my computer is not slow. Its not fast either, but that’s pretty much my internet connection.

  20. Didn’t work for me either.
    Tried with and without spaces as you don’t specify but just got red text saying not recognized.

    1. Here’s the system message i recieved after using your command, John. Can you make anything out of this? BTW my Win10 is v.1809 and Build 17,763.55 plus 15.8GB of usable ram and a 1TB SSD card instead of a HHD Hard Drive if any of that makes a slight difference as such usually does in Android App Development…

      Remove-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CFA, Removal failed. Please contact your software vendor.
      (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80073CFA)
      error 0x80070032: AppX Deployment Remove operation on package
      Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI_1000.17763.1.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy from:
      C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI_cw5n1h2txyewy failed. This app is part of Windows and cannot be
      uninstalled on a per-user basis. An administrator can attempt to remove the app from the computer using Turn Windows
      Features on or off. However, it may not be possible to uninstall the app.
      NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] aaae8fbb-6ced-0001-a313-afaaed6cd401 in the Event Log or use
      the command line Get-AppPackageLog -ActivityID aaae8fbb-6ced-0001-a313-afaaed6cd401
      At line:1 char:36
      + get-appxpackage -allusers *xbox* | Remove-AppxPackage
      + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (Microsoft.XboxG…l_cw5n1h2txyewy:String) [Remove-AppxPackage], IOException
      + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.RemoveAppxPackageCommand

  21. Well I can’t say this was completely worthless as it did actually delete the app just as the author said it would… However, it didn’t delete all the xbox crap which in a way makes this Completely worthless. Sure the xbox app (aka bloatware) is deleted but clicking on “This PC” in File Manager then typing “Xbox” in the search box there were still 217 items of pure xbox crap on my system and in the Start Menu what used to say “Xbox Game Bar” now just says “Game Bar” as if in hopes i’d not recognize the little leach that was hatched from Bill Gates shrivelled up ballsac and conceived through Hillary Clinton’s warn out hairy blue waffle.

    Yeah, after boycotting everything Microsoft since 1998 (that’s 20 years for those trying to use the Win10 improved calculator which even gets 20×15 incorrect) i’m now going back to the Apple Store begging them for mercy. Hell the old G3 iMac desktops with the factory OSX Versions are still lightyears ahead of this Win10 BS.

    Anyways, back to topic… How can I uninstall more than just a basic app as in uninstall all it’s contents and fungus as well?

    Thanks to whomever has the knowledge and willingly, through kindness, helps me to conquer this battle against the Bloatware Fungus Zombies!!!!

  22. Thanks, this worked for the main Xbox app, but I still have the “Xbox Game Speech Window” and “Xbox gaming overlay” apps there. What would the command be for those? I’m such a novice I’m worried about guessing. Any help would be appreciated.

    1. Me too, same question.
      Thank you so much for the removal instructions – worked well for the main app, but I do still have these two accessory apps. In Control Panel, the uninstall button remains greyed-out and non-responsive. Would appreciate to be able to remove it all, in case there is a way? Thanks again!

  23. Ive used Get-AppxPackage *xbox* | Remove-AppxPackage successfully , as xboxapp limits what can be removed

    1. After I copied the syntax and pressed enter it went through something so fast I couldn’t read it. Then it went back to the cursor.
      Rebooted, went through it again only this time it did nothing. I’d say that’s because it worked and there’s nothing there to get rid of now!!

  24. 1st, in many cases its not the code its the user.. if it was not for many geeks here and on another good site, i would not know half my stuff and we would all be up @@@@creek. 2nd who Right clicked on start/windows icon clicked 1 run typed MSCONFIG in lower case may i add, then return and unchecked the box,s for the xbox crap before typing the code? other wise it could and pos will re-install it in a new update family B/S pack with out pressing apply just ok ..if apply is pressed in 85% of issues i have had it come back next boot with the check box checked, do not know why shit happens..TBH i have sent such insane emails to MS over this being the TRON/Encom Scenario Its just 7 With glorified 10 on the box. all sponsored pos by social media and people who want to know your ID B/S, for topping the biggest floor ever is remote assistance with network level author in 7 you can total disarm in ten its a Nitemare….WTF is that about why do i want to let some one steal my kids pictures or other stuff i have and take control over my pc and yes GAMEDVR allows reverse camera in windows if you have a cam..its across the net in games?half the people at M/S do not want you to remove shite”QUOTE A M/S SO CALLED GURU SAID XBOX CANNOT BE REMOVED ITS PART OF THE SYSTEM…lmfao where theres code theres a way end of! they use it for ANALytics and pos get paid some where along the line. Let alone windows push crap virtual app and sso_pop in Generic user under management…i spend so many hours a week clearing crap just so have a speedy pc and not full or media selling crap and and just trash its un@@@@real… I DRIVE and One Sync it copies everything you own!!!!even digital thumb prints the lot..Hello face is only there for criminal data base and facial recon….i intend to strip it to the bone and it may take time but i don’t hello face any social media xbox contacts Bluetooth list is miles jack diddly squat..

    old school pc,s may have been slow etc but at least they were Slaves to games and general information around the world to feed ones cells not talk shite and watch some awe-full crap on you_tube not all youtube is crap tbh alot of good on there. IMO if the IT world does not take its butt out the whole pc,s will go down the pan as time is precious END OF..and hours dealing with stuff like this is not paid so its out of my life span to enjoy life not have to hurdle through hi volumes of crap just to surf the net and play odd game and modify my camera art work or what ever

  25. My question to Microsoft is: Why would you install app such as Xbox in the enterprise version of windows? This version is geared toward businesses and many of the built-in apps do not belong. They should not be there to begin with but to have them come back after updates makes my job more difficult, since my company requires uniform profiles.

  26. Figured it out guys!!! So the actual thing is called “XboxGamingOverlay”

    so run both:

    Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxApp | Remove-AppxPackage
    Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay | Remove-AppxPackage

    — Run Powershell as admin —
    Use ” Get-AppxPackage –AllUsers ” – to get a long listof all the cr_ap that windows forces on you.

    Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay | Remove-AppxPackage
    *extra* Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.YourPhone | Remove-AppxPackage

    Check add and remove and it should be gone

  27. Get-AppxPackage -Allusers -PackageTypeFilter Bundle -Name “*xboxgameoverlay*” | Remove-AppxPackage -Allusers -Confirm

    Same for all of em. The other (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay | Remove-AppxPackage) just gets it out of your way but leaves the software there for any other user. And doing it this way, I haven’t had any of them grow back after a restart.

  28. Get-AppxPackage -Allusers -PackageTypeFilter Bundle -Name “*xboxgameoverlay*” | Remove-AppxPackage -Allusers -Confirm

    To be clear, that is all one command.

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