For a while now, many people have expressed their dislike for operating systems manufacturers who include apps that are difficult to remove. Before Windows 8, and especially Windows 10, Microsoft wasn’t one of those manufacturers. However, that has now changed. Windows 10 is a great operating system, but the fact that there are a lot of unnecessary apps is still true.

What is the Xbox app?

Among these apps that some deem unnecessary, or “bloatware”, is the Xbox app. The Xbox app is something that might come in handy if you have an Xbox Live account. It gives you a dashboard so you can manage your account, and you have some additional features such as remote control, or second screen functionality. If you don’t have an Xbox Live account, chances are you won’t need it.

How to remove it

One thing you should know before you attempt the methods outlined below. Microsoft has incorporated a sort of a self-healing service in Windows. This means that if anything goes wrong in the background, Windows will fix it. What this also means is that this service might reinstall the Xbox app. And, in case it doesn’t, it will install itself automatically on your next major upgrade of Windows 10. If you think you could be repeating the process every time this happens, or if you’ve chosen to stop all automatic updates, you’re good to go.

Method I – The Simple Uninstall

The first method to solve this depends on what build you have of Windows 10. With older builds, this was easily doable. However, with some of the newer ones, Microsoft have prevented this and you can no longer do it. The steps are as follows:

  • Click on the Start menu.
  • Start typing Xbox, until you get the Xbox app as your choice.
  • Right-click the app and choose Uninstall. Answer ‘Yes’ to the prompt, and wait for the process to finish.

As mentioned, this method used to work at one point. However, it doesn’t work anymore, because Microsoft have changed the context menu you get when you right-click the app, and you no longer have the Uninstall option. Fortunately, there’s a solution for that too.

Method II – Using Windows PowerShell

You’ll need to use the Windows PowerShell. There are a few commands you might need to type in, and we’ll go through each one of them, step by step.

  • First of all, click on the Start menu.
  • Type in PowerShell, and right-click the result. Choose Run as administrator.

  • Within the PowerShell, type in the commands explained below.

As mentioned, there are a few options here. The one you may find in other guides that touch on this subject is “get-appxpackage *xboxapp* | remove-appxpackage”. However, you should know that this command will remove the app, but only on the current user account. If you log on to another user, the app will still be there.

In order to remove the app on all of the users you currently have on the machine, you will need to add the -allusers flag. Therefore, the command will be ”get-appxpackage -allusers *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage”.

However, if you create a new account in the future, the app will still be there, and to remedy this, there’s one more command, “get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like “*xboxapp*”} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online”.

If you’ve chosen to use the second and the third command, finish the third step by typing in the following:

  • get-appxpackage -allusers *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage , and press Enter to execute

  • get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like “*xboxapp*”} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online  , and press Enter to execute.

Once you’ve typed in both commands, you’re free to close the PowerShell, as the app will be removed. You have not only removed it for you as a user, but also for any other users, both current, and future ones. That’s all there is to it – the Xbox app is now gone from your system!

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    • If you used another way than the Powershell’s, please try it by running this command : Get-AppxPackage *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackag
      It should remove the whole Xbox components. Otherwise, you will have to disable them manually from the settings or the Registry editor. Tell me the situation and I’ll help you through it.

  1. Hello. This didn’t work for me. I got this (manually copied as best I could as I’m not at all techie):
    Remove-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CFA. Removal failes. Please contact your software vendor. Deployment DeStage operaion with target volume C: on Package Microsoft.xboxApp_44.44.7002.0_x64_8wekyb3d8bbwe from: failed with error 0x80070490. See http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=235160 for help diagnosing app deployment issues.
    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] 1f984f0f-3e5c-0002-7f84-981f5c3ed401 in the Event Log or use the command line Get-AppxLof -ActivityID 1f984f0f-3e5c-0002-7f84-981f5c3ed401
    At line:1 char:39
    + get-appxpackage -allusers *xboxapp*| Remove-AppxPackage
    + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (Microsoft.XboxA…_8wekyb3d8bbwe:String) [Remove-AppxPackage], IOException
    +FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError, Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager . Commands . RemoveAppxPackageCommand

    Thanks in advanve for any insights/assistance.

  2. I just tried to remove the Xbox app this way and all I got was a whole string of stuff like above only mine had “Object not found”.

    Looking for more help.
    Thanks.

    • Hello Deb, maybe the xbox app got uninstalled and somehow the process restarted and couldn’t find the app. Please restart your computer and see if the xbox app is still here, if it is, please give us more details about your problem.

  3. Sorry for the very basic question:
    When you type:
    “get-appxpackage -allusers *xboxapp* | Remove-Appxpackage”, what does the vertical one in between the “get” command and “remove” command signify? Are these two commands? Do we hit return on the “get” and then run the remove one?

    • Mina Magued Mounir on

      Hello Kelly, it’s okay, you can always ask whatever you want.
      This is one command. The “Get” part gets all commands that are installed on the computer, including cmdlets, aliases, functions, filters, scripts, and applications… in this case, we are interested in getting all the commands because we are going to use the Remove one. I hope I’ve answered your question.

      • I believe Kelly is asking about the | character (shift + left slash)(key above enter key) and the answer they probably want is regarding how that character is used to pipe the output of one command into a subsequent command (in this case output of the get-appxpackage command piped into the remove-appxpackage command).

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