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What is it with all the copycats?

The other day I was working behind my laptop and discovered the ‘Mail’ program. Because I normally use Outlook I figured that I wouldn’t need the mail program anymore. Little did I realize that it was actually part of a combination: ‘Mail and Calendar’ and I definitely wanted to keep the Calendar part, especially because it showed my upcoming appointments on the start menu. Unfortunately I only realized the obvious when it was too late and I was staring at a gaping hole in my start menu.

So how to get them back?  I searched online for a solution and discovered several websites which all provided a PowerShell command to “reinstall all default applications”. The only problem… the command was plain out wrong. So how could so many websites all miss out on the obvious?  Here’s my take…

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August 22, 2019 Posted by | Editorial, PowerShell | , , , | Comments Off on What is it with all the copycats?

Uninstalling build-in Win10 apps that cannot be uninstalled.

Windows 10 provides a lot of multimedia capabilities right out of the box. For example: if you have a webcam then you can fire up the ‘Camera’ application and start using said webcam right away. If you’re more into virtual reality then the ‘Mixed reality portal’ might be fully up your alley.

Heck: Windows 10 even provides out of the box support for an Android telephone; if you want to sent text messages with your phone then you can also use your PC to do it. Amazing!

But what if you don’t have a webcam, VR headset or an Android telephone? What if you don’t want to have all these applications installed?

Well, then you’re out of luck because Windows will refuse to de-install them. Bill knows what’s best for you 😉

Fortunately there’s a solution, and it’s name is PowerShell.

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February 11, 2019 Posted by | PowerShell, Tips and tricks, Windows 10 | Comments Off on Uninstalling build-in Win10 apps that cannot be uninstalled.