Understand the different apps included in Windows 10

Applies to: Windows 10

The following types of apps run on Windows 10:

  • Windows apps - introduced in Windows 8, primarily installed from the Store app.
  • Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps - designed to work across platforms, can be installed on multiple platforms including Windows client, Windows Phone, and Xbox. All UWP apps are also Windows apps, but not all Windows apps are UWP apps.
  • "Win32" apps - traditional Windows applications.

Digging into the Windows apps, there are two categories:

  • Apps - All other apps, installed in C:\Program Files\WindowsApps. There are two classes of apps:
    • Provisioned: Installed in user account the first time you sign in with a new user account.
    • Installed: Installed as part of the OS.
  • System apps - Apps that are installed in the C:\Windows* directory. These apps are integral to the OS.

The following tables list the system apps, installed Windows apps, and provisioned Windows apps in a standard Windows 10 Enterprise installation. (If you have a custom image, your specific apps might differ.) The tables list the app, the full name, show the app's status in Windows 10 version 1607, 1703, and 1709, and indicate whether an app can be uninstalled through the UI.

Some of the apps show up in multiple tables - that's because their status changed between versions. Make sure to check the version column for the version you are currently running.

Provisioned Windows apps

Here are the provisioned Windows apps in Windows 10 versions 1703, 1709, 1803 and 1809.

Tip

You can list all provisioned Windows apps with this PowerShell command:

Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Format-Table DisplayName, PackageName


Package name App name 1703 1709 1803 1809 Uninstall through UI?
Microsoft.3DBuilder 3D Builder x Yes
Microsoft.BingWeather MSN Weather x x x x Yes
Microsoft.DesktopAppInstaller App Installer x x x x Via Settings App
Microsoft.GetHelp Get Help x x x No
Microsoft.Getstarted Microsoft Tips x x x x No
Microsoft.HEIFImageExtension HEIF Image Extensions x No
Microsoft.Messaging Microsoft Messaging x x x x No
Microsoft.Microsoft3DViewer Mixed Reality Viewer x x x x No
Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub My Office x x x x Yes
Microsoft.MicrosoftSolitaireCollection Microsoft Solitaire Collection x x x x Yes
Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes Microsoft Sticky Notes x x x x No
Microsoft.MixedReality.Portal Mixed Reality Portal x No
Microsoft.MSPaint Paint 3D x x x x No
Microsoft.Office.OneNote OneNote x x x x Yes
Microsoft.OneConnect Paid Wi-Fi & Cellular x x x x No
Microsoft.People Microsoft People x x x x No
Microsoft.Print3D Print 3D x x x No
Microsoft.SkreenSketch Snip & Sketch x No
Microsoft.SkypeApp Skype x x x x No
Microsoft.StorePurchaseApp Store Purchase App x x x x No
Microsoft.VP9VideoExtensions x No
Microsoft.Wallet Microsoft Pay x x x x No
Microsoft.WebMediaExtensions Web Media Extensions x x No
Microsoft.WebpImageExtension Webp Image Extension x No
Microsoft.Windows.Photos Microsoft Photos x x x x No
Microsoft.WindowsAlarms Windows Alarms & Clock x x x x No
Microsoft.WindowsCalculator Windows Calculator x x x x No
Microsoft.WindowsCamera Windows Camera x x x x No
microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps Mail and Calendar x x x x No
Microsoft.WindowsFeedbackHub Feedback Hub x x x x No
Microsoft.WindowsMaps Windows Maps x x x x No
Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorder Windows Voice Recorder x x x x No
Microsoft.WindowsStore Microsoft Store x x x x No
Microsoft.Xbox.TCUI Xbox TCUI x x x No
Microsoft.XboxApp Xbox x x x x No
Microsoft.XboxGameOverlay Xbox Game Bar x x x x No
Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay Xbox Gaming Overlay x x No
Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider Xbox Identity Provider x x x x No
Microsoft.XboxSpeechToTextOverlay x x x x No
Microsoft.YourPhone Your Phone x No
Microsoft.ZuneMusic Groove Music x x x x No
Microsoft.ZuneVideo Movies & TV x x x x No

Note

The Store app can't be removed. If you want to remove and reinstall the Store app, you can only bring Store back by either restoring your system from a backup or resetting your system. Instead of removing the Store app, you should use group policies to hide or disable it.

System apps

System apps are integral to the operating system. Here are the typical system apps in Windows 10 versions 1703, 1709, and 1803.

Tip

You can list all system apps with this PowerShell command:

Get-AppxPackage -PackageTypeFilter Main | ? { $_.SignatureKind -eq "System" } | Sort Name | Format-Table Name, InstallLocation


Name Package Name 1703 1709 1803 Uninstall through UI?
File Picker 1527c705-839a-4832-9118-54d4Bd6a0c89 x No
File Explorer c5e2524a-ea46-4f67-841f-6a9465d9d515 x No
App Resolver UX E2A4F912-2574-4A75-9BB0-0D023378592B x No
Add Suggested Folders To Library F46D4000-FD22-4DB4-AC8E-4E1DDDE828FE x No
InputApp x x No
Cortana UI CortanaListenUIApp x No
Desktop Learning x No
DesktopView x No
EnvironmentsApp x No
Mixed Reality + HoloCamera x No
Mixed Reality + HoloItemPlayerApp x No
Mixed Reality + HoloShell x No
Microsoft.AAD.Broker.Plugin x x x No
Microsoft.AccountsControl x x x No
Microsoft.AsyncTextService x No
Hello setup UI Microsoft.BioEnrollment x x x No
Microsoft.CredDialogHost x x x No
Microsoft.ECApp x x No
Microsoft.LockApp x x x No
Microsoft Edge Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge x x x No
Microsoft.MicrosoftEdgeDevToolsClient x No
Microsoft.PPIProjection x x No
Microsoft.Win32WebViewHost x No
Microsoft.Windows.Apprep.ChxApp x x x No
Microsoft.Windows.AssignedAccessLockApp x x x No
Microsoft.Windows.CapturePicker x No
Microsoft.Windows.CloudExperienceHost x x x No
Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager x x x No
Cortana Microsoft.Windows.Cortana x x x No
Microsoft.Windows.Holographic.FirstRun x x No
Microsoft.Windows.ModalSharePickerHost x No
Microsoft.Windows.OOBENetworkCaptivePort x x x No
Microsoft.Windows.OOBENetworkConnectionFlow x x x No
Microsoft.Windows.ParentalControls x x x No
People Hub Microsoft.Windows.PeopleExperienceHost x x No
Microsoft.Windows.PinningConfirmationDialog x x No
Microsoft.Windows.SecHealthUI x x x No
Microsoft.Windows.SecondaryTileExperience x x No
Microsoft.Windows.SecureAssessmentBrowser x x x No
Start Microsoft.Windows.ShellExperienceHost x x x No
Windows Feedback Microsoft.WindowsFeedback * * No
Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI x x x No
Windows.CBSPreview x No
Contact Support* Windows.ContactSupport x * Via Settings App
Settings Windows.immersivecontrolpanel x x x No
Connect Windows.MiracastView x No
Print 3D Windows.Print3D x Yes
Print UI Windows.PrintDialog x x x No
Purchase UI Windows.PurchaseDialog No

Note

  • The Contact Support app changed to Get Help in version 1709. Get Help is a provisioned app (instead of system app like Contact Support).

Installed Windows apps

Here are the typical installed Windows apps in Windows 10 versions 1703, 1709, and 1803.

Name Full name 1703 1709 1803 Uninstall through UI?
Remote Desktop Microsoft.RemoteDesktop x x Yes
PowerBI Microsoft.Microsoft PowerBIforWindows x Yes
Code Writer ActiproSoftwareLLC.562882FEEB491 x x x Yes
Eclipse Manager 46928bounde.EclipseManager x x x Yes
Pandora PandoraMediaInc.29680B314EFC2 x x x Yes
Photoshop Express AdobeSystemIncorporated. AdobePhotoshop x x x Yes
Duolingo D5EA27B7.Duolingo- LearnLanguagesforFree x x x Yes
Network Speed Test Microsoft.NetworkSpeedTest x x x Yes
News Microsoft.BingNews x x x Yes
Flipboard Yes
Microsoft.Advertising.Xaml x x x Yes
Microsoft.NET.Native.Framework.1.2 x x x Yes
Microsoft.NET.Native.Framework.1.3 x x x Yes
Microsoft.NET.Native.Framework.1.6 x x Yes
Microsoft.NET.Native.Framework.1.7 x Yes
Microsoft.NET.Native.Framework.2.0 x x Yes
Microsoft.NET.Native.Runtime.1.1 x x Yes
Microsoft.NET.Native.Runtime.1.3 x x Yes
Microsoft.NET.Native.Runtime.1.4 x x x Yes
Microsoft.NET.Native.Runtime.1.6 x x Yes
Microsoft.NET.Native.Runtime.1.7 x Yes
Microsoft.NET.Native.Runtime.2.0 x x Yes
Microsoft.Services.Store.Engagement x x Yes
Microsoft.VCLibs.120.00 x x x Yes
Microsoft.VCLibs.140.00 x x x Yes
Microsoft.VCLibs.120.00.Universal x Yes
Microsoft.VCLibs.140.00.UWPDesktop x Yes
Microsoft.WinJS.2.0 x Yes