Mirinsoft, the developer of the Debotnet utility and its successor Spydish, has published the first version of the new Bloatbox tool for Uninstalling Preinstalled Applications in Windows 10.
Bloatbox was originally developed as an extension to Spydish to give users the ability to remove pre-installed Windows 10 apps and system apps from the operating system. Later, the company decided to separate this functionality into a separate tool that can be run independently of Spydish.
Windows 10 comes with a lot of pre-installed apps. Some apps duplicate the functionality of Windows System Tools, and some offer new features and capabilities.
Windows 10 administrators can uninstall some built-in apps from the Settings page > Apps, but most integrated apps can’t be uninstalled. Although unused pre-installed applications can simply be ignored, some users will prefer the option of completely uninstalling unnecessary programs.
Bloatbox – a free portable program for Windows 10. The source code is available on GitHub, and you can download the latest version of the program on our website.
How to Uninstall Windows 10 Apps Using Bloatbox
Step 1: Install Bloatbox from the above download link. The size of the program after decompression is less than 100 kilobytes. You will need to use WinRAR to extract the files.
Note that Windows 10 may give you a SmartScreen Filter warning when you run an app on your system. This does not mean that the application is malicious or problematic. It’s just that the file is new, and Microsoft doesn’t have enough information about it to make an informed decision.
Step 2: Run the program.
There are three columns in the main program window. The left column lists the supported apps, the middle column lists the available features, and the right column shows the list of apps that the user is going to uninstall.
In the current version of Bloatbox, more than 50 different Windows applications are listed by default. Most of them come with Windows. The list will also show Windows apps that have been additionally installed by users, device manufacturers, or Microsoft.
Here are some of them: Bing News, Get Help, Microsoft 3D Viewer, Microsoft Solitaire Collection, MS Paint, People, Surface Hub, Todos or Wallet.
Step 3: Click show system apps to increase the number of supported apps.
Note: Bloatbox deletes applications permanently. Uninstallation may affect the functionality of the system. We recommend that you back up your system before you use the application to uninstall built-in applications. Here is a guide you can use- How to back up your files and reinstall Windows 10
Step 4: Click uninstall to start the uninstall process. Button names can be misleading. In addition to Uninstall, you will also find the Remove option, which is designed to remove an application from the list of programs.
To avoid confusion, the developer should completely remove the Add and Remove options so that users simply move the applications to the appropriate list.
Conclusion: Remove Preinstalled Applications in Windows 10
Bloatbox does an excellent job of removing Windows applications from the system, provided that you run the utility with device administrator rights. The app is simple, small and portable. However, the developer should pay attention to ease of use. In addition to solving the problem with the remove/uninstall options, it would be useful to add a brief description to each application and add a warning when the Show system apps option is enabled.