Setting up a new Windows 10 machine

by Volker Weber


I am retiring the Surface Pro (2017) and activating a new Lenovo Yoga C930 instead. These are excellent machines and I want to give one a real spin, not just an unpacking or short term testing. Don't worry, I will be returning to a new Surface as well.

But first things first. Spinning up a Windows machine is a lengthy project for me. I like to first clean up everything before I get to work. There are a number of steps:

Only when every piece of junk is gone, I start adding stuff by syncing in my favorites, my passwords, my own apps, etc. I have tried to rush things but I have learned this is the way to a longer lasting great experience. It's a bit of work but it pays off.

Google always tries to lure me into installing their trackware, but I like to keep it off in iOS, macOS and Windows.


Excellent advice, as always. I have tried to remove XBox many times, by a variety of methods. This time was no different... "XBox is part of Windows and can not be removed". Or words to that effect. At least I got rid of Twitter and Bing Sports.

Joseph Federer, 2018-12-19

Joseph, look here:

I get rid of Xbox & Co by running this command:

Get-AppxPackage|? name -like *Xbox*|remove-appxpackage

Volker Weber, 2018-12-20

No joy. Same error message. I'll have to live with it. I have been successful removing it in the past, don't remember how, but it came back on the next update.

PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> get-appxpackage|? name -like *Xbox* | remove-appxpackage
remove-appxpackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CFA, Removal failed. Please contact your software vendor.
(Exception from HRESULT: 0x80073CFA)
error 0x80070032: AppX Deployment Remove operation on package
Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI_1000.17763.1.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy from:
C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI_cw5n1h2txyewy failed. This app is part of Windows and cannot be
uninstalled on a per-user basis. An administrator can attempt to remove the app from the computer using Turn Windows
Features on or off. However, it may not be possible to uninstall the app.
NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] 43f8a515-958a-0001-c72b-01448a95d401 in the Event Log or use
the command line Get-AppPackageLog -ActivityID 43f8a515-958a-0001-c72b-01448a95d401
At line:1 char:39
+ get-appxpackage|? name -like *Xbox* | remove-appxpackage
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo : WriteError: (Microsoft.XboxG...l_cw5n1h2txyewy:String) [Remove-AppxPackage], IOException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.RemoveAppxPackageCommand

Joseph Federer, 2018-12-20

Did you run Powershell as Administrator?

Volker Weber, 2018-12-20

Yesterday, my wife's W10 Lenovo E570 wouldn't unlock, stating that her password was incorrect, something not really possible. Hours later, with one problem leading to another, I took the very desperate step of clicking "Reset this PC" ... "Remove Everything".

The software lied.

After being "reset with everything personal removed", this W10 laptop still had her Fitbit software installed. Which makes me wonder what else did the Reset process miss?

It also makes me wonder exactly what you meant when you wrote: "If you want to be safe, immediately wipe it and reinstall yourself." ?

Timothy Briley, 2018-12-20

There are a number of restore options. From reinstall Windows on top all the way to scrub partition with junk data and install from recovery.

Volker Weber, 2018-12-20

Re: XBox.

Yes, I ran as Administrator. This result is not surprising. Still less invasive than my experiences with Google products.

Danke, Volker.

Joseph Federer, 2018-12-20

Thank you for your advice! I would change Step 3 into:
„-Create latest Windows 10 version on DVD or USB-stick, make a fresh install on the machine; deleting all preinstalled partitions and creating one single partition during the setup process“

Not only you will get a av-free, clean windows 10 install with the current feature update ... you also get more diskspace at all! This is the way I treat every new machine here 😉 And it won‘t take that much time.

Dexter Ian, 2018-12-20

Re: "Lenovo likes to add AntiVirus packages and other 'free' trialware".

Did you re-install from a Lenovo provided medium? I wouldn't consider that a "clean" install. I always download Windows 10 using the Microsoft media creation tool. Yes, sometimes - but rarely - that gives me hassle with drivers. Usually that can be remedied by downloading vendor drivers.

Robert Dahlem, 2018-12-20

The de-crapify posts within Spiceworks can be helpful for this:

Jonathan Lewis, 2018-12-20

that should be automated…

Moritz Petersen, 2018-12-20


the "Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI" is marked as non-removable (1809):

Get-AppxPackage *xbox* | Select-Object Name, NonRemovable

Name NonRemovable
---- ------------
Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI True
Microsoft.XboxSpeechToTextOverlay False
Microsoft.XboxApp False
Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider False
Microsoft.XboxGameOverlay False
Microsoft.Xbox.TCUI False
Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay False

If you prefer a list and click remove all the things (incl. multiselect), use this PoSh command:
Get-AppxPackage | Out-GridView -PassThru | Remove-AppPackage

Markus Michalski, 2018-12-21

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