Understand the different apps included in Windows 10

The following types of apps run on Windows 10:

  • Windows apps – introduced in Windows 8, primarily installed from the Store app.
  • Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps – designed to work across platforms, can be installed on multiple platforms including Windows client, Windows Phone, and Xbox. All UWP apps are also Windows apps, but not all Windows apps are UWP apps.
  • “Win32” apps – traditional Windows applications, built for 32-bit systems.

Digging into the Windows apps, there are two categories:

  • System apps – Apps that are installed in the c:\Windows* directory. These apps are integral to the OS.
  • Apps – All other apps, installed in c:\Program Files\WindowsApps. There are two classes of apps:
    • Provisioned: Installed the first time you sign into Windows. You’ll see a tile or Start menu item for these apps, but they aren’t installed until the first sign-in.
    • Installed: Installed as part of the OS.

The following tables list the system apps, installed Windows apps, and provisioned Windows apps in a standard Windows 10 Enterprise installation. (If you have a custom image, your specific apps might differ.) The tables list the app, the full name, show the app’s status in Windows 10 version 1511, 1607, and 1703, and indicate whether an app can be uninstalled through the UI.

Some of the apps show up in multiple tables – that’s because their status changed between versions. Make sure to check the version column for the version you are currently running.

Want to see a list of the apps installed on your specific image? You can run the following PowerShell cmdlet:

System apps

System apps are integral to the operating system. Here are the typical system apps in Windows 10 versions 1511, 1607, and 1703.

Name Full name 1511 1607 1703 Uninstall through UI?
Cortana UI CortanaListenUIApp x No
Desktop Learning x No
DesktopView x No
EnvironmentsApp x No
Mixed Reality + HoloCamera x No
Mixed Reality + HoloItemPlayerApp x No
Mixed Reality + HoloShell x No
Microsoft.AAD.Broker.Plugin x x x No
Microsoft.AccountsControl x x x No
Hello setup UI Microsoft.BioEnrollment x x x No
Microsoft.CredDialogHost x No
Microsoft.LockApp x x x No
Microsoft Edge Microsoft.Microsoft.Edge x x x No
Microsoft.PPIProjection x x No
Microsoft.Windows. Apprep.ChxApp x x No
Microsoft.Windows. AssignedAccessLockApp x x x No
Microsoft.Windows. CloudExperienceHost x x x No
Microsoft.Windows. ContentDeliveryManager x x x No
Cortana Microsoft.Windows.Cortana x x x No
Microsoft.Windows. Holographic.FirstRun x No
Microsoft.Windows. ModalSharePickerHost x No
Microsoft.Windows. OOBENetworkCaptivePort x No
Microsoft.Windows. OOBENetworkConnection x No
Microsoft.Windows. ParentalControls x x x No
Microsoft.Windows. SecHealthUI x No
Microsoft.Windows. SecondaryTileExperience x x x No
Microsoft.Windows. SecureAssessmentBrowser x x No
Start Microsoft.Windows. ShellExperienceHost x x x No
Windows Feedback Microsoft.WindowsFeedback x * * No
Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI x x x No
Xbox logon UI Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider x No
Contact Support Windows.ContactSupport x x* x* In 1511, no.*
Windows.Devicesflow x No
Settings Windows.ImmersiveControlPanel x x x No
Connect Windows.MiracastView x x x No
Print UI Windows.PrintDialog x x x No
Purchase UI Windows.PurchaseDialog x No

Note

  • The Windows Feedback app changed to the Windows Feedback Hub in version 1607. It’s listed in the installed apps table below.
  • As of Windows 10 version 1607, you can use the Optional Features app to uninstall the Contact Support app.

Installed Windows apps

Here are the typical installed Windows apps in Windows 10 versions 1511, 1607, and 1703.

Name Full name 1511 1607 1703 Uninstall through UI?
Remote Desktop Microsoft.RemoteDesktop x x Yes
PowerBI Microsoft.Microsoft PowerBIforWindows x x Yes
Candy Crush king.com.CandyCrushSodaSaga x Yes
Code Writer ActiproSoftwareLLC.562882FEEB491 x x Yes
Eclipse Manager 46928bounde.EclipseManager x x Yes
Pandora PandoraMediaInc.29680B314EFC2 x x Yes
Photoshop Express AdobeSystemIncorporated. AdobePhotoshop x x Yes
Duolingo D5EA27B7.Duolingo- LearnLanguagesforFree x Yes
Network Speed Test Microsoft.NetworkSpeedTest x x Yes
Paid Wi-FI x Yes
Skype Video x Yes
Twitter x Yes
PicArts x Yes
Minecraft x Yes
Flipboard x Yes

Provisioned Windows apps

Here are the typical provisioned Windows apps in Windows 10 versions 1511, 1607, and 1703.

Name Full name 1511 1607 1703 Uninstall through UI?
3D Builder Microsoft.3DBuilder x x Yes
App Connector Microsoft.Appconnector x Yes, through Settings app
Money Microsoft.BingFinance x Yes
News Microsoft.BingNews x * * Yes
Sports Microsoft.BingSports x Yes
Weather Microsoft.BingWeather x x x No
Phone Companion Microsoft.CommsPhone x Yes
Microsoft.ConnectivityStore x No
Microsoft.DesktopAppInstaller x x Yes, through Settings app
Get Started/Tips Microsoft.Getstarted x x x Yes
Messaging Microsoft.Messaging x x x No
Microsoft 3D Viewer Microsoft.Microsoft3DViewer x No
Get Office Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub x x x Yes
Solitaire Microsoft.Microsoft SolitaireCollection x x x Yes
Sticky Notes Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes x x No
OneNote Microsoft.Office.OneNote x x x No
Sway Microsoft.Office.Sway x * * Yes
Microsoft.OneConnect x x No
Paint 3D Microsoft.MSPaint x No
People Microsoft.People x x x No
Get Skype/Skype (preview)/Skype Microsoft.SkypeApp x x x Yes
Microsoft.StorePurchaseApp x x No
Microsoft.Wallet x No
Photos Microsoft.Windows.Photos x x x No
Alarms & Clock Microsoft.WindowsAlarms x x x No
Calculator Microsoft.WindowsCalculator x x x No
Camera Microsoft.WindowsCamera x x x No
Mail and Calendar Microsoft.windows communicationsapps x x x No
Feedback Hub Microsoft.WindowsFeedbackHub * x x Yes
Maps Microsoft.WindowsMaps x x x No
Phone Microsoft.WindowsPhone x No
Voice Recorder Microsoft.SoundRecorder x x x No
Store Microsoft.WindowsStore x x x No
Xbox Microsoft.XboxApp x x x No
Microsoft.XboxGameOverlay x No
Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider * x x No
Groove Microsoft.ZuneMusic x x x No
Movies & TV Microsoft.ZuneVideo x x x No
Microsoft.XboxSpeech ToTextOverlay x No