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      • #2285686 Reply
        Tracey Capen
        AskWoody MVP

        BEST UTILITIES By Deanna McElveen Managing privacy and removing bloatware in Windows are two of those important but annoying tasks for keeping a safe
        [See the full post at: Freeware Spotlight — Bloatbox]

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      • #2285701 Reply
        Nathan Parker
        AskWoody_MVP

        Would this get rid of the “XBox Game Bar”? I haven’t found a way to nuke it.

        Nathan Parker

        • #2285703 Reply
          Paul T
          AskWoody MVP

          This post has a PowerShell method.
          https://gist.github.com/joshschmelzle/04c57d957c5bb92e85ae9180021b26dc

          cheers, Paul

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        • #2285705 Reply
          Alex5723
          AskWoody Plus

          I think SharpApp will remove it.

          or

          10appsmanager

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        • #2285731 Reply
          doriel
          AskWoody Lounger

          “XBox Game Bar”

          Do you mean app used for recording videos from applications?

          It is called “Xbox gaming overlay”.

          If you remove package “Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay” shortcut Win+G will not work anymore and windows will require downloading it from Store.

          overlay

          Dell Latitude E6530, Intel Core i5 @ 2.6 GHz, 4GB RAM, W10 1809 Enterprise

          HAL3000, AMD Athlon 200GE @ 3,4 GHz, 8GB RAM, Fedora 29

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        • #2285764 Reply
          geekdom
          AskWoody Plus

          Would this get rid of the “XBox Game Bar”? I haven’t found a way to nuke it.

          You might try Revo Uninstaller Freeware:
          https://www.revouninstaller.com/revo-uninstaller-free-download/

          Use the “Windows Apps” tab to remove Microsoft “uninstallable” software.

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          TargetReleaseVersion=1909
          WUMgr
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      • #2285710 Reply
        anonymous
        Guest

        IIRC, People is the contact list for the infamous app Microsoft Mail.  Or are these two different apps?

        • #2285720 Reply
          Alex5723
          AskWoody Plus

          No. It is not Microsoft Mail/contacts.
          People aggregate all channels of communicating with people.

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      • #2285753 Reply
        Rick Corbett
        AskWoody_MVP

        Would this get rid of the “XBox Game Bar”? I haven’t found a way to nuke it.

        Don’t bother trying Debotnet to disable it. I tried as a test (using ‘Run as Administrator on a Win 10 Home 1803 install) and Debotnet claimed to have successfully disabled it…

        disable-game-bar

        … but didn’t. 🙁

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      • #2285770 Reply
        Rick Corbett
        AskWoody_MVP

        Would this get rid of the “XBox Game Bar”? I haven’t found a way to nuke it.

        I tried SharpApp as well (using ‘Run as Administrator’). It claimed to have disabled the Game Bar and – just in case – I restarted Windows.

        I checked in the registry and, sure enough, the policy restriction had been written:

        disable-game-barSharpApp-policy

        I also re-ran SharpApp and clicked on the Configured button. A window appeared, confirming that the Disable Game Bar policy had been applied.

        And here’s what happened when I pressed Game Bar’s Win+G keyboard shortcut:

        disable-game-barSharpApp

        … the Game Bar overlay!

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      • #2285793 Reply
        Rick Corbett
        AskWoody_MVP

        I think SharpApp will remove it. or 10appsmanager

        Nope… 10AppsManager doesn’t disable or remove it either:

        disable-game-bar10AppsManager

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      • #2285812 Reply
        Rick Corbett
        AskWoody_MVP

        You might try Revo Uninstaller Freeware

        I couldn’t get Revo Uninstaller Free to even display Game Bar and you cannot use Hunter Mode on the Game Bar overlay itself.

        Geek Uninstaller didn’t show it either.

         

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      • #2285827 Reply
        MrChaz
        AskWoody Lounger

        My advice is – watch you don’t break anything with any freeware (tr)apps

        illegitimi Non Carborundum
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      • #2286169 Reply
        OlderGeeks.com
        AskWoody_MVP

        Well, it looks like you all found version 0.14.0 before I did. We’ve updated OlderGeeks.com to the new version: https://www.oldergeeks.com/downloads/file.php?id=3403

        -Deanna
        OlderGeeks.com

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      • #2286255 Reply
        Microfix
        AskWoody MVP

        Just ask yourself this before removing excess default baggage:
        Have I backed up recently?
        Have you considered this:
        What if a feature upgrade goes awry in the future?
        Utilities like this are likely the cause of problems for W10 on a full metal jacket installation.

        Win8.1 Pro x64 + Linux Hybrids x86/x64 + Win7 Pro x86/64 O/L
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      • #2286321 Reply
        Rick Corbett
        AskWoody_MVP

        Uninstalling/Removing the Game Bar : (this is no longer an option on any recent Windows 10 build)

        But try Powershell / DISM

        I think I’ve tried everything now – including PowerShell and DISM – even deleting all the Xbox services and deleting the Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI app package itself.

        I even deleted C:\Windows\System32\en-GB\GamePanel.exe… all to no avail.

        It makes me wonder… why has Microsoft gone to such lengths to protect the Xbox ‘Win+G’ user interface from people with absolutely no interest whatsoever?

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        • #2286322 Reply
          PKCano
          Da Boss

          Is there another incidence of the application in the User\AppData either Local or Roaming? Seems when I was playing with removing Apps, there was a backup somewhere in AppData.
          I may be shooting in the wind.

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      • #2286325 Reply
        Rick Corbett
        AskWoody_MVP

        Is there another incidence of the application in the User\AppData either Local or Roaming? Seems when I was playing with removing Apps, there was a backup somewhere in AppData.
        I may be shooting in the wind.

        Yes – a C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI_cw5n1h2txyewy folder.

        I deleted this as well. It made no difference.

        I did a search for Xbox using voidtool’s Everything. I’m still wondering whether to continue looking at the remaining 719 file/folder locations that were found. 🙁

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      • #2286329 Reply
        Rick Corbett
        AskWoody_MVP

        Just ask yourself this before removing excess default baggage:
        Have I backed up recently?
        Have you considered this:
        What if a feature upgrade goes awry in the future?
        Utilities like this are likely the cause of problems for W10 on a full metal jacket installation.

        All good points…

        A lot of the deletions have had to done under the auspices of TrustedInstaller… which is why I’ve been doing all my testing in a VM first (and snapshotting regularly). 🙂

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      • #2286351 Reply
        carpintero
        AskWoody Lounger

        Not very good.

        tmp

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      • #2286360 Reply
        Rick Corbett
        AskWoody_MVP

        I just tried the latest Bloatbox 0.14.1 release…:

        bloatbox-0.14.1-release-01

        Ummm… what?

        So I tried it on a brand new VM to see if I could get rid of Microsoft’s now accursed Xbox UI invoked by Win+G…

        bloatbox-0.14.1-xbox

        Note that this is down to Microsoft, not Bloatbox… but still disappointing.

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      • #2286386 Reply
        geekdom
        AskWoody Plus

        Unless you actually know what you’re uninstalling, BloatBox is a blind trust program.

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        TargetReleaseVersion=1909
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      • #2286390 Reply
        Rick Corbett
        AskWoody_MVP

        Unless you actually know what you’re uninstalling, this is a blind trust program.

        Unfortunately, isn’t that what consumers’ relationships are with Microsoft these days? Blind trust?

        I believe people tinker with certain aspects of Windows because they have lost all trust in Microsoft…

        … others tinker because they hark back to the time when Microsoft positively welcomed changes to Windows’ unique configurability.

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      • #2286417 Reply
        Nathan Parker
        AskWoody_MVP

        The reason I was asking was this is on my work PC. I have zero plans to use it, and I wanted to remove it since the PC is solely for work purposes. It seems Microsoft is being stubborn about it. 🙂

        Nathan Parker

      • #2286598 Reply
        Ken
        AskWoody Plus

        I clicked Bloatbox.exe, windows defender said NO! “More info” gave me the choice to “run anyway” which I clicked, nothing happened. Tried it again, same thing happened.  Now what?

        • #2286618 Reply
          geekdom
          AskWoody Plus

          In bloatbox.zip, make sure bloatbox.exe is highlighted.

          Select Extract from the top menu bar, not Open.

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          offline▸ Win10Pro 1909.18363.959 x64 i3-3220 RAM8GB HDD Firefox79.0 WindowsDefender
          online▸ Win10Pro 1909.18363.1082 x64 i5-9400 RAM16GB HDD Firefox81.0 WindowsDefender
          TargetReleaseVersion=1909
          WUMgr
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