How to Remove Bloatware on Windows 11
How to Remove Bloatware on Windows 11– After setting up a Windows device for the first time, you’ll notice that a lot of software is already installed. Some of them are useful – for example, most people can’t live without Settings or File Explorer. But there are plenty of other apps that you’ll never use and might even forget about.
Microsoft includes several stock apps in Windows 11, but some PC and laptop makers are adding their own as well. Not only are they annoying, but they also take up significant storage space and can slow down your device.
In this article, we will look at how to identify bloatware and then remove it from your computer. This tutorial only applies to Windows 11, but the process is similar on Windows 10.
What is Bloatware?
Bloatware is a general term to describe software that takes up space or uses device resources without being useful to the end user.
So the apps and services that are considered bloatware will vary, but here are some popular examples. These include antivirus apps (especially those that encourage you to buy a subscription), entertainment apps, games, and custom versions of tools like Notes and Settings.
While this may hurt the user experience, the incentive for device makers is clear. Promoting (or instead of) Microsoft’s services is a useful way to increase popularity, while third-party companies will pay significant sums for the installation of their applications.
It should be noted that bloatware on Windows is far less intrusive than on Android, where additional apps and tools can change the look of your phone or tablet. But they are still worth removing.
How to Determine if a Windows 11 App is Bloatware
In general, anything you identify as an application or tool that is not needed on Windows can be classified as bloatware. You can safely remove it without any harmful consequences for your device.
But what if you’ve never heard of it? An online search will shed some light, but a site like shouldiremoveit.com is more reliable. Here you can decide whether it is important to have any programs or just bloatware.
How to Remove Bloatware in Windows 11
Removing bloatware is easier than you think – everything can be uninstalled from Settings:
- Go to Settings > Apps > Installed Apps
- You will now see a list of all your apps sorted alphabetically. Scroll or use the search bar to find the bloatware you want to remove
- Click on the three dots next to the first one and select “Uninstall”
- Click “Uninstall” again to confirm
- An uninstall wizard may open for some applications. If so, simply follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
- Repeat for all the apps you want to uninstall
If you prefer, it is also possible to remove applications directly from the Start menu:
- Open start menu
- Right-click any app (click “All Apps” to see the full selection) and click “Uninstall”
- Click “Uninstall” again to confirm or follow any other on-screen instructions that may appear.
However, it should be noted that many applications must be closed before they can be deleted. For others, you’ll need a reboot to complete the uninstall.