The term “bloatware” refers to software and apps that are preloaded into computers. Microsoft has packaged its Windows 10 operating system to come with preinstalled apps that most users won’t even give a second glance to.
Some of the worst offenders are as follows:
- 3D Viewer (previously called Mixed Reality Viewer)
- Candy Crush
- Cooking Fever
- Disney Magic Kingdoms
- Groove Music
- Movies & TV
- Paint 3D
- Snip & Sketch
- Sticky Notes
- Voice Recorder
Many users prefer to start with a leaner operating system due to storage space and processing power concerns. If they want a particular software program, they prefer to download it themselves. This gives them greater control over their machines and their hardware and software experience.
How to rid your device of bloatware
Removing inclusions you did not ask for is a hassle in and of itself, but thankfully, the process is not too tedious.
- Click the Start menu, then the gear icon.
- In the Settings window, select Update & Security.
- On the left-hand side, click Recovery.
- Select Reset this PC.
- Click Get Started.
- Select Keep my files and then choose where you wish to store them.
- Lastly, set "Restore preinstalled apps?” to “No.”
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