Want it or not, your Windows 10 computer might have Candy Crush Saga installed--and yet, if it is, you won't find the program in the Add/Remove Programs control panel. Here's how to remove it.
First, though, not everyone seems to have it preinstalled. When I search for the game on my upgraded laptop, the app is in the Windows App Store and says that I own the game and can install it if I wish. Others, however, find it on their system automatically. (Microsoft announced it would be automatically installed for those who upgraded or downloaded Windows 10 during launch.)
- Click in the search box in your Taskbar and type
powershell; select "Windows Powershell" (not "Windows Powershell ISE" if that shows up).
- At the prompt, type
Get-AppxPackage -Name king.com.CandyCrushSagaand press Enter (TIP: to copy/paste that command, copy as usual, then just right-click in the PowerShell window to paste).
- Look for the "PackageFullName" line in the result that comes up; it should be something similar to
- Copy the PackageFullName by left-clicking and dragging to highlight it, then right-click in the PowerShell window to copy the selected text.
Remove-AppxPackage(include trailing space) and paste the PackageFullName that you copied in step 4, then press Enter.
- A teal-colored text dialog should come up showing the removal process, and then uninstall should be complete.
- Repeat step 2 to verify that it uninstalled successfully (the command should now return nothing).
- Lastly, confirm that Candy Crush Saga is no longer in your Start Menu.
- Enjoy a Candy-Crush-Free computer!
There are other default, built-in apps in Windows 10 that you can remove, including Xbox, Groove Music and Film & TV, and Money, Sports, News, and Weather. You'll find the commands for these at Thomas Vanhoutte's site.
Removing apps should be easier than this!