In this blog post I will show a method to remove the unwanted Windows 10 modern (inbox) applications using Microsoft Intune and the Microsoft Business Store.
I started this method to remove unwanted applications from Windows 10 after using a PowerShell script before. I found the method using a PowerShell script deployed with Intune wasn`t always reliable as I wanted.
The applications I mean which we can remove using Intune are for example; Skype, Xbox, Game bar and My Office.
Blocking applications like Candy Crush can be done by deploying an Intune Configuration policy and block Consumer Features under the Windows Spotlight settings.
I assume you have already connected the Microsoft Business Store with Intune, if that is not the case have a look at this article first.
- Logon to the Business Store via businessstore.microsoft.com
- Search for the application you want to remove, in this case Game bar
- Click Get app
- Logon to the Microsoft 365 Device Management portal via devicemanagement.microsoft.com
- Click on Client Apps, Microsoft Store for Business
- Click Sync, to perform a new sync between Intune and the Business Store.
Click on Apps, locate the new application in the list and select the application.
Usually it takes just a few minutes before the new app is present in the application list
- Click Assignments
- Click Add group
- Select Uninstall under Assignment type
- Click Included Groups
- Select Yes behind Uninstall this app for all users
- Click OK twice and click Save
Move over to one of your Windows 10 devices. The Game bar application is there on the Startmenu.
Now just sit back, relax and wait for the application is removed, or perform a manual MDM sync to speed up this process.
After the sync is completed, the Game bar application is removed.