Remove Windows Bloatware and get back heaps of memory and CPU resources (guide)

Windows Bloatware is slang for all those unnecessary tasks that run in the background – Cortana and many more. In Windows freeware’s true spirit, you can now nuke it all – or just what you want to remove.

Warning – this is for experienced users, and there is no liability if things go pear-shaped. It does, however, make a registry restore point. You can restore this by selecting Start, creating a restore point, select Create a Restore Point, and select System Restore.

Windows Bloatware Apps you can remove (you can select all or some from this list)

3DBuilderActipro SoftwareAlarmsApp connector
Asphalt8Autodesk SketchBookBio EnrolmentCaesars Slots
Free Casino
CandyCrushCandyCrush SodaContact SupportCyberLink MediaSuite Essentials
DrawboardPDFDuolingoEclipse ManagerFacebook
FarmVille2CountryEscapeFlipboardFood  And DrinkFresh Paint
Get startedHealth And FitnessiHeart RadioKing apps
MapsMarch of EmpiresMessagingMicrosoft News
Microsoft Office HubMicrosoft Solitaire CollectionMicrosoft Sticky NotesMinecraft
MSN MoneyMSN SportsMSN TravelMSN Weather
NetflixWindows Camera  

If you need any of these later, you can download them from the Windows Store.

How to remove Windows Bloatware (and we have tested this on Windows 11)

Right-click on the start ICON and select Windows Terminal Admin, and press yes

At the Prompt> cut and paste iwr -useb|iex and press return

You will get advice that it is creating a System restore point. After that, a separate window opens (you may need to look in the taskbar).

We tested the removal of Cortana (works), leave Edge PDF for now, and disable Dark Theme (unless you want it).

The Other Changes/Fixes work, but you need to know what you are doing. It is best to remove OneDrive via Control Panel, Programs and Features after copying its contents to your Drive.

Customise Block List

The list looks daunting, but you can scroll down and untick apps you want to keep. Press save and close this window. You go back to the previous window and press ‘Remove Bloatware with custom blocklist’. It does its job, and then you restart the computer.

CyberShack’s view – Why Remove Windows Bloatware?

If you have 16GB of RAM and a large hard disk, you probably would not realise how much RAM, CPU power, and storage these programs take up. My start-up memory and CPU went down from 45/12% to 30/1%. So, this is worth doing if you have 4 or 8GB.

Of course, there are probably other apps you want to remove, and you can do this through Settings, Apps and Apps and Features or Settings, Search for Control Panel, Programs and Features.

I have been using the PC for over a week now and noticed the increased speed and have had no issues.

Other necessary Windows free-ware