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Uninstalling Windows Built-In Apps via PowerShell


jdewinne
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Hello,

I am trying to uninstall Windows Apps (Cortana, Weather, Mail, etc.) from my computers on Pulseway.  I made the following script, that works perfectly when ran locally, but when I try to run it through Automation with Pulseway, I get no success.

 

dism /online /get-provisionedappxpackages |ft PackageName
dism /online /remove-Provisionedappxpackage /packagename:Microsoft.DesktopAppInstaller_2019.125.2243.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
dism /online /remove-Provisionedappxpackage /packagename:Microsoft.Getstarted_8.2.22942.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
#dism /online /remove-Provisionedappxpackage /packagename:Microsoft.Messaging_2019.125.32.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
dism /online /remove-Provisionedappxpackage /packagename:Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub_18.1903.1152.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
dism /online /remove-Provisionedappxpackage /packagename:Microsoft.MicrosoftSolitaireCollection_4.4.8204.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
dism /online /remove-Provisionedappxpackage /packagename:Microsoft.MixedReality.Portal_2000.19081.1301.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
dism /online /remove-Provisionedappxpackage /packagename:Microsoft.Office.OneNote_16001.12026.20112.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
#dism /online /remove-Provisionedappxpackage /packagename:Microsoft.OneConnect_5.1902.361.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
dism /online /remove-Provisionedappxpackage /packagename:Microsoft.People_2019.305.632.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
dism /online /remove-Provisionedappxpackage /packagename:Microsoft.SkypeApp_14.53.77.0_neutral_~_kzf8qxf38zg5c
dism /online /remove-Provisionedappxpackage /packagename:microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_16005.11629.20316.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
dism /online /remove-Provisionedappxpackage /packagename:Microsoft.WindowsFeedbackHub_2019.1111.2029.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
dism /online /remove-Provisionedappxpackage /packagename:Microsoft.Xbox.TCUI_1.23.28002.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
dism /online /remove-Provisionedappxpackage /packagename:Microsoft.XboxApp_48.49.31001.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
dism /online /remove-Provisionedappxpackage /packagename:Microsoft.XboxGameOverlay_1.46.11001.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
dism /online /remove-Provisionedappxpackage /packagename:Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay_2.34.28001.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
dism /online /remove-Provisionedappxpackage /packagename:Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider_12.50.6001.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
dism /online /remove-Provisionedappxpackage /packagename:Microsoft.XboxSpeechToTextOverlay_1.17.29001.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
dism /online /remove-Provisionedappxpackage /packagename:Microsoft.YourPhone_2019.430.2026.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
dism /online /remove-Provisionedappxpackage /packagename:Microsoft.ZuneMusic_2019.19071.19011.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
dism /online /remove-Provisionedappxpackage /packagename:Microsoft.ZuneVideo_2019.19071.19011.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe


Get-AppxPackage |Select-Object -Property Name
Get-AppxPackage *3d* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *DesktopAppInstaller* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Messaging* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *MicrosoftOfficeHub* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *MixedReality* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *MicrosoftSolitaireCollection* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Office.OneNote* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *OneConnect* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.People | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *WindowsFeedbackHub* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *XboxApp* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Xbox.TCUI* | Remove-AppxPackage
#Get-AppxPackage *XboxGameCallableUI* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *XboxGameOverlay* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *XboxGamingOverlay* | Remove-AppxPackage      
Get-AppxPackage *XboxIdentityProvider* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *xboxSpeechToTextOverlay* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *YourPhone* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *zunemusic* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *zunevideo* | Remove-AppxPackage

I've tried different switches like -AllUsers, but I think the problem exists since Pulseway runs Powershell commands as nt authority\system

Please let me know if there's something I can do to automate this with Pulseway.  

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Hi Jdewinne,

Usually, Pulseway runs the scripts as a system account and not as a user account. You can try the below method and see if it works for you.

---> On the remote machine, please consider configuring the PowerShell impersonation by remoting into that affected machine, then launch Pulseway Manager -> Settings -> Runtime. 

Please enter the username and password on this field on the affected system.

If the affected machine is on a domain, domain-level credentials should be used. 

If it is not on a domain, you can use the local admin account credentials and leave the domain field blank.

You may refer to the below screenshot. 

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Once you have the Powershell impersonation configured on Pulseway Manager, wait for 2-3 minutes, then run the script through Pulseway Webapp.

Thank you.

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