Provisioned App Packages in Windows 10 Enterprise / Windows 10 Pro

2018-10-13: Updated for Windows 10 version 1809

Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise and Microsoft Windows 10 Pro ship with a number of provisioned app packages. Whenever a user signs into a computer for the first time, Windows will register (read: install) all each provisioned app in the newly created user profile.

For listing the provisioned app packages on your computer or an offline image, use the PowerShell Cmdlet Get-AppxProvisionedPackage.

# Get all provisioned app packages on your computer
Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | select DisplayName | sort DisplayName

# Get all provisioned app packages in an offline image
Mount-WindowsImage -ImagePath .\Windows-10-ISO\sources\install.wim -Path .\mountpoint\ -Name "Windows 10 Enterprise"
Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Path .\mountpoint\ | select DisplayName | sort DisplayName

For remove provisioned app packages from your computer or an offline image, use the PowerShell Cmdlet Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage.

# Remove a provisioned package from your computer. This does not remove the app from existing user profiles.
Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online -PackageName microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_16005.10730.20053.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe

# To remove a provisioned app AND also remove it from each user profile, add the `-AllUsers` parameter.
Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online -AllUsers -PackageName microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_16005.10730.20053.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe

# Remove a provisioned app from an offline image.
Mount-WindowsImage -ImagePath .\Windows-10-ISO\sources\install.wim -Path .\mountpoint\ -Name "Windows 10 Enterprise"
Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Path .\mountpoint\ -PackageName microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_16005.10730.20053.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe

List of Provisioned App Packages

This list contains each provisioned app package in Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Pro along the name of the app and a link to the Microsoft Store.

DisplayName App Name & Store Link 1703 1709 1803 1809
Microsoft.3DBuilder 3D Builder
Microsoft.BingWeather MSN Weather
Microsoft.DesktopAppInstaller App Installer
Microsoft.GetHelp Get Help
Microsoft.Getstarted Microsoft Tips
Microsoft.HEIFImageExtension HEIF Image Extensions *
Microsoft.Messaging Microsoft Messaging
Microsoft.Microsoft3DViewer Mixed Reality Viewer
Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub Get Office
Microsoft.MicrosoftSolitaireCollection Microsoft Solitaire Collection
Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes Microsoft Sticky Notes
Microsoft.MixedReality.Portal Mixed Reality Portal *
Microsoft.MSPaint Paint 3D
Microsoft.Office.OneNote OneNote
Microsoft.OneConnect Paid Wi-Fi & Cellular
Microsoft.People Microsoft People
Microsoft.Print3D Print 3D
Microsoft.SkreenSketch Snip & Sketch *
Microsoft.SkypeApp Skype
Microsoft.StorePurchaseApp Store Purchase App1
Microsoft.VP9VideoExtensions Microsoft.VP9VideoExtensions1 *
Microsoft.Wallet Wallet
Microsoft.WebMediaExtensions Web Media Extensions *
Microsoft.WebpImageExtension Webp Image Extension *
Microsoft.Windows.Photos Microsoft Photos
Microsoft.WindowsAlarms Windows Alarms & Clock
Microsoft.WindowsCalculator Windows Calculator
Microsoft.WindowsCamera Windows Camera
microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps Mail and Calendar
Microsoft.WindowsFeedbackHub Feedback Hub
Microsoft.WindowsMaps Windows Maps
Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorder Windows Voice Recorder
Microsoft.WindowsStore Microsoft Store2
Microsoft.Xbox.TCUI Xbox TCUI
Microsoft.XboxApp Xbox
Microsoft.XboxGameOverlay Xbox Game Bar
Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay Xbox Gaming Overlay *
Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider Xbox Identity Provider
Microsoft.XboxSpeechToTextOverlay Xbox Speech to Text Overlay1
Microsoft.YourPhone Your Phone *
Microsoft.ZuneMusic Groove Music
Microsoft.ZuneVideo Movies & TV
  • * new
  • discontinued/removed
  • 1 unavailable in App Store
  • 2 Renamed from Windows Store to Microsoft Store

Personal Recommendation for Current Release

In a business environment it is likely that most of the provisioned apps are not needed or unwanted. If you are uncertain whether it is safe to remove a provisioned app, or whether you should do so, please find my personal recommendation for a small business below.

  • Microsoft.BingWeather
    Safe to remove. I prefer to keep the app. A good amount of my users appreciate using the app and many have them pinned to Start. Also, the live tile looks nice.
  • Microsoft.DesktopAppInstaller
    Safe to remove, unless you sideload custom or LOB applications or plan to in the future.
  • Microsoft.Getstarted
    Safe to remove.
  • Microsoft.Messaging
    Safe to remove, especially if don’t allow your users to link their private Microsoft accounts to their user profile.
  • Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub
    Remove it. This is just an advertisement for Microsoft Office 365 and useless regardless of whether you already use Office or plan to use Office in the future.
  • Microsoft.MicrosoftSolitaireCollection
    Safe to remove. Unless your company has a policy against games, I would prefer to keep it. It’s nice to offer some distraction during a users lunch break. (Although I always prefer to take a walk in the park, before sitting at my computer yet another hour every day 🙂).
  • Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes
    Safe to remove.
  • Microsoft.Office.OneNote
    Safe to remove. Especially if your company uses Microsoft Office since it brings the full version of OneNote.
  • Microsoft.OneConnect
    Safe to remove.
  • Microsoft.People
    Safe to remove. Especially if you use Microsoft Outlook. Some users may confused Outlook contacts with People contacts.
  • Microsoft.SkypeApp
    Safe to remove. Especially if your company uses an Office suite that includes Skype for Business.
  • Microsoft.StorePurchaseApp
    Please see Microsoft.WindowsStore
  • Microsoft.Wallet
    Safe to remove.
  • Microsoft.WebMediaExtensions
    Keep it. Provides a variety of audio and video codecs to play audio and video files.
  • Microsoft.Windows.Photos
    Keep it, unless you use a 3rd-party application to view image files.
  • Microsoft.WindowsAlarms
    Safe to remove.
  • Microsoft.WindowsCalculator
    Keep it, unless you feast off your users tears or rage.
  • Microsoft.WindowsCamera
    Safe to remove on Desktops and Workstations. I would keep it on portable Computers.
  • microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps
    Safe to remove. This is the Mail & Calendar app. Definitely remove it if you use Microsoft Outlook or a 3rd-party mail application. People will get confused and if you use Office 365 I guarantee at least one user will configure their email account on it and cause you some amount of headache.
  • Microsoft.WindowsFeedbackHub
    Safe to remove.
  • Microsoft.WindowsMaps
    Safe to remove.
  • Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorder
    Safe to remove.
  • Microsoft.WindowsStore
    Do not remove. You can only bring the Store app 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.
  • Microsoft.Xbox…
    Remove it. Definitely not needed on company computers even if you decide to keep Solitaire.
  • Microsoft.ZuneMusic
    Keep it, unless you use a 3rd-party application to play audio files.
  • Microsoft.ZuneVideo
    Keep it, unless you use a 3rd-party application to play video files.

If you have any suggestions for improvements, please let me know in the comments.

- Daniel

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8 Replies to “Provisioned App Packages in Windows 10 Enterprise / Windows 10 Pro”

  1. What’s your best method of completely removing the provisioned packages after the 1803 update?

    Also, technically you can bring back the Windows Store by running a specific command in Powershell (as admin) if you accidentally remove it.

  2. I’m using the powershell “gridview” script to remove provisioned apps,

    Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Out-GridView -PassThru | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online

    With this method, you click on the aps you want to remove and it does all at the same time, and for all users…however, as of this week, there’s a new office trial and xbox app that don’t appear in the gridview list.

    Any info on that?

  3. This is awesome. Thank you! I found this wonderful resource, while searching for similar information on about a Provisioned App which we are finding on some new devices, that has not made your list. Happen to know anything about “Microsoft.Office.Desktop”? Here is a ServerFault question where I ask this question in an expanded way. https://serverfault.com/q/923481/6079

    1. The Microsoft.Office.Desktop app comes from the Office Single Image OPK, which was also pointed out in the comments. It’s not included in original Windows 10 images, but added by the system builder (Dell, Lenovo, Fujitsu and the likes. WHich is why it’s out of scope of this article. I can’t tell you much more. But after quickly googling it I found a good starting point at System builder deployment of Windows 10 for desktop editions. Just search the site for “Office Single Image” and “Microsoft.Office.Desktop” and it should reveal some more information to you. And thank for the compliments 🙂.

  4. Thank you Daniel, this article is a great resource! It really helps maintaining an understanding of what’s changed with apps in each version. I look forward to the next Build of Windows (ought to be 1903) that will allow more flexibility with built-in apps.

    Quick heads-up for OneNote, though: Since the Office OneNote Application is discontinued, it is no longer shipped with Office 365 or Office 2019. After re-installing O365 on the weekend I did NOT get a OneNote Application as part of the office package, therefore I have to use the Store App from now on. Therefore, I would not recommend uninstalling the OneNote App any longer unless you don’t need it or use Office 2016.

    1. Thank you so much, Fabio. Yes, I also read about the added flexibility that lets you uninstall more built-in apps. And thanks for letting me know that Office 2019 doesn’t ship with OneNote any longer. I didn’t know they already implemented this. I’m on the newest stable build of Office 365 Desktop, but they didn’t uninstall OneNote, thankfully. 🙂

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