Windows 10

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.

DisplayNameApp Name & Store Link1703170918031809
Microsoft.3DBuilder3D Builder  
Microsoft.BingWeatherMSN Weather
Microsoft.DesktopAppInstallerApp Installer
Microsoft.GetHelpGet Help 
Microsoft.GetstartedMicrosoft Tips
Microsoft.HEIFImageExtensionHEIF Image Extensions   *
Microsoft.MessagingMicrosoft Messaging
Microsoft.Microsoft3DViewerMixed Reality Viewer
Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHubGet Office
Microsoft.MicrosoftSolitaireCollectionMicrosoft Solitaire Collection
Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotesMicrosoft Sticky Notes
Microsoft.MixedReality.PortalMixed Reality Portal   *
Microsoft.MSPaintPaint 3D
Microsoft.OneConnectPaid Wi-Fi & Cellular
Microsoft.PeopleMicrosoft People
Microsoft.Print3DPrint 3D 
Microsoft.SkreenSketchSnip & Sketch   *
Microsoft.StorePurchaseAppStore Purchase App1
Microsoft.VP9VideoExtensionsMicrosoft.VP9VideoExtensions1   *
Microsoft.WebMediaExtensionsWeb Media Extensions  *
Microsoft.WebpImageExtensionWebp Image Extension   *
Microsoft.Windows.PhotosMicrosoft Photos
Microsoft.WindowsAlarmsWindows Alarms & Clock
Microsoft.WindowsCalculatorWindows Calculator
Microsoft.WindowsCameraWindows Camera
microsoft.windowscommunicationsappsMail and Calendar
Microsoft.WindowsFeedbackHubFeedback Hub
Microsoft.WindowsMapsWindows Maps
Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorderWindows Voice Recorder
Microsoft.WindowsStoreMicrosoft Store2
Microsoft.Xbox.TCUIXbox TCUI 
Microsoft.XboxGameOverlayXbox Game Bar
Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlayXbox Gaming Overlay  *
Microsoft.XboxIdentityProviderXbox Identity Provider
Microsoft.XboxSpeechToTextOverlayXbox Speech to Text Overlay1
Microsoft.YourPhoneYour Phone   *
Microsoft.ZuneMusicGroove Music
Microsoft.ZuneVideoMovies & 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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