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  • Question

  • I've been poking around the WindowsApps folder where all the Windows Store apps are installed and I noticed old versions of all the apps co-existing with the up-to-date versions of the same apps. The apps in question are the Microsoft apps like Mail, Music, etc. The RTM versions exist in their entirety even though they aren't used. I thought this was strange and an inefficient use of space, so I deleted all of the old versions, including a file called jscache_64 or something that appeared to be a system file. Is this a good idea, or a fatal mistake? Also, why wouldn't the Store replace the original versions of a particular app once an update was installed?
    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 1:42 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    Adding more info.

    If you really want to remove them. You can achieve this by running Powershell Command line.

    1, Run get-appxpackage -allusers to get installed app list.

    2, Run remove-appxpackage -(the app's name you wanna remove)


    Juke Chou

    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 9:26 AM
    Moderator
  • As I said, MS changed this in the RTM. removing the Apps with DISM, Powershell, GUI removes them per users. This is done becasue the apps are no longer listed in the store. If you've uninstall them ,you can add install them back from your HDD:

    How to Restore Uninstalled Modern UI Apps that Ship with Windows 8


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 6:59 PM
    Answerer

All replies

  • I've also seen this. In the CP and RP I was able to use DISM to remove the old versions, but this no longer works in the RTM :(

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 11:07 AM
    Answerer
  • Hi,

    The Windows 8 Store apps are installed as per user. Every user has his own apps and to update an app does not affect the other users.


    Juke Chou

    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 9:23 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi,

    Adding more info.

    If you really want to remove them. You can achieve this by running Powershell Command line.

    1, Run get-appxpackage -allusers to get installed app list.

    2, Run remove-appxpackage -(the app's name you wanna remove)


    Juke Chou

    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 9:26 AM
    Moderator
  • Thanks for the info, but when I run this command, it only shows the most recent installed instance of an app. I want to remove the old versions that don't get removed when I update the apps. I'm the only user on this computer, so other users are not an issue for me.

    Interestingly enough, when I just updated the News app, I did not see a new folder in the WindowsApps directory.

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 5:14 PM
  • As I said, MS changed this in the RTM. removing the Apps with DISM, Powershell, GUI removes them per users. This is done becasue the apps are no longer listed in the store. If you've uninstall them ,you can add install them back from your HDD:

    How to Restore Uninstalled Modern UI Apps that Ship with Windows 8


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 6:59 PM
    Answerer
  • I have the same problem: after using Windows 8.1 for several months, several apps were autoupdated, but their older versions remain in the %Program Files%\WindowsApps folder. And these older versions are not removed even after removing those apps.

    I deleted all the modern apps through elevated PowerShell:

    Get-AppxPackage | Remove-AppxPackage

    (I have two users on my system, so I executed that command once under each account).

    Then,

    Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online

    So, now I have the following result:

    PS C:\Windows\system32> Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers
    
    
    Name                   : CheckPoint.VPN
    Publisher              : CN=Microsoft Windows, O=Microsoft Corporation, L=Redmond, S=Washington, C=US
    Architecture           : Neutral
    ResourceId             : neutral
    Version                : 1.0.0.1
    PackageFullName        : CheckPoint.VPN_1.0.0.1_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy
    InstallLocation        : C:\Windows\vpnplugins\checkpoint
    IsFramework            : False
    PackageFamilyName      : CheckPoint.VPN_cw5n1h2txyewy
    PublisherId            : cw5n1h2txyewy
    PackageUserInformation : {S-1-5-21-1998120685-3349466181-2309627033-1001 [alex_d2w]: Installed,
                             S-1-5-21-1998120685-3349466181-2309627033-500 [ALEXCOMP\admin]: Installed}
    IsResourcePackage      : False
    IsBundle               : False
    IsDevelopmentMode      : False
    
    Name                   : f5.vpn.client
    Publisher              : CN=Microsoft Windows, O=Microsoft Corporation, L=Redmond, S=Washington, C=US
    Architecture           : Neutral
    ResourceId             : neutral
    Version                : 1.0.0.11
    PackageFullName        : f5.vpn.client_1.0.0.11_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy
    InstallLocation        : C:\Windows\vpnplugins\f5
    IsFramework            : False
    PackageFamilyName      : f5.vpn.client_cw5n1h2txyewy
    PublisherId            : cw5n1h2txyewy
    PackageUserInformation : {S-1-5-21-1998120685-3349466181-2309627033-1001 [alex_d2w]: Installed,
                             S-1-5-21-1998120685-3349466181-2309627033-500 [ALEXCOMP\admin]: Installed}
    IsResourcePackage      : False
    IsBundle               : False
    IsDevelopmentMode      : False
    
    Name                   : FileManager
    Publisher              : CN=Microsoft Windows, O=Microsoft Corporation, L=Redmond, S=Washington, C=US
    Architecture           : Neutral
    ResourceId             : neutral
    Version                : 6.3.9600.16384
    PackageFullName        : FileManager_6.3.9600.16384_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy
    InstallLocation        : C:\Windows\FileManager
    IsFramework            : False
    PackageFamilyName      : FileManager_cw5n1h2txyewy
    PublisherId            : cw5n1h2txyewy
    PackageUserInformation : {S-1-5-21-1998120685-3349466181-2309627033-1001 [alex_d2w]: Installed,
                             S-1-5-21-1998120685-3349466181-2309627033-500 [ALEXCOMP\admin]: Installed}
    IsResourcePackage      : False
    IsBundle               : False
    IsDevelopmentMode      : False
    
    Name                   : JuniperNetworks.JunosPulseVpn
    Publisher              : CN=Microsoft Windows, O=Microsoft Corporation, L=Redmond, S=Washington, C=US
    Architecture           : Neutral
    ResourceId             : neutral
    Version                : 1.0.0.206
    PackageFullName        : JuniperNetworks.JunosPulseVpn_1.0.0.206_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy
    InstallLocation        : C:\Windows\vpnplugins\juniper
    IsFramework            : False
    PackageFamilyName      : JuniperNetworks.JunosPulseVpn_cw5n1h2txyewy
    PublisherId            : cw5n1h2txyewy
    PackageUserInformation : {S-1-5-21-1998120685-3349466181-2309627033-1001 [alex_d2w]: Installed,
                             S-1-5-21-1998120685-3349466181-2309627033-500 [ALEXCOMP\admin]: Installed}
    IsResourcePackage      : False
    IsBundle               : False
    IsDevelopmentMode      : False
    
    Name                   : Microsoft.MoCamera
    Publisher              : CN=Microsoft Windows, O=Microsoft Corporation, L=Redmond, S=Washington, C=US
    Architecture           : Neutral
    ResourceId             : neutral
    Version                : 6.3.9600.16384
    PackageFullName        : Microsoft.MoCamera_6.3.9600.16384_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy
    InstallLocation        : C:\Windows\Camera
    IsFramework            : False
    PackageFamilyName      : Microsoft.MoCamera_cw5n1h2txyewy
    PublisherId            : cw5n1h2txyewy
    PackageUserInformation : {S-1-5-21-1998120685-3349466181-2309627033-1001 [alex_d2w]: Installed,
                             S-1-5-21-1998120685-3349466181-2309627033-500 [ALEXCOMP\admin]: Installed}
    IsResourcePackage      : False
    IsBundle               : False
    IsDevelopmentMode      : False
    
    Name                   : SonicWALL.MobileConnect
    Publisher              : CN=Microsoft Windows, O=Microsoft Corporation, L=Redmond, S=Washington, C=US
    Architecture           : Neutral
    ResourceId             : neutral
    Version                : 1.0.0.8
    PackageFullName        : SonicWALL.MobileConnect_1.0.0.8_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy
    InstallLocation        : C:\Windows\vpnplugins\sonicwall
    IsFramework            : False
    PackageFamilyName      : SonicWALL.MobileConnect_cw5n1h2txyewy
    PublisherId            : cw5n1h2txyewy
    PackageUserInformation : {S-1-5-21-1998120685-3349466181-2309627033-1001 [alex_d2w]: Installed,
                             S-1-5-21-1998120685-3349466181-2309627033-500 [ALEXCOMP\admin]: Installed}
    IsResourcePackage      : False
    IsBundle               : False
    IsDevelopmentMode      : False
    
    Name                   : windows.immersivecontrolpanel
    Publisher              : CN=Microsoft Windows, O=Microsoft Corporation, L=Redmond, S=Washington, C=US
    Architecture           : Neutral
    ResourceId             : neutral
    Version                : 6.2.0.0
    PackageFullName        : windows.immersivecontrolpanel_6.2.0.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy
    InstallLocation        : C:\Windows\ImmersiveControlPanel
    IsFramework            : False
    PackageFamilyName      : windows.immersivecontrolpanel_cw5n1h2txyewy
    PublisherId            : cw5n1h2txyewy
    PackageUserInformation : {S-1-5-21-1998120685-3349466181-2309627033-1001 [alex_d2w]: Installed,
                             S-1-5-21-1998120685-3349466181-2309627033-500 [ALEXCOMP\admin]: Installed}
    IsResourcePackage      : False
    IsBundle               : False
    IsDevelopmentMode      : False
    
    Name                   : winstore
    Publisher              : CN=Microsoft Windows, O=Microsoft Corporation, L=Redmond, S=Washington, C=US
    Architecture           : Neutral
    ResourceId             : neutral
    Version                : 1.0.0.0
    PackageFullName        : winstore_1.0.0.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy
    InstallLocation        : C:\Windows\WinStore
    IsFramework            : False
    PackageFamilyName      : winstore_cw5n1h2txyewy
    PublisherId            : cw5n1h2txyewy
    PackageUserInformation : {S-1-5-21-1998120685-3349466181-2309627033-1001 [alex_d2w]: Installed,
                             S-1-5-21-1998120685-3349466181-2309627033-500 [ALEXCOMP\admin]: Installed}
    IsResourcePackage      : False
    IsBundle               : False
    IsDevelopmentMode      : False
    PS C:\Windows\system32> Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online
    PS C:\Windows\system32>


    And nevertheless I have these app packages left: 

    PS C:\Windows\system32> dir 'C:\Program Files\WindowsApps'
    
    
        Directory: C:\Program Files\WindowsApps
    
    
    Mode                LastWriteTime     Length Name
    ----                -------------     ------ ----
    d----        01.02.2014     20:32            Deleted
    d----        18.10.2013      1:11            Microsoft.BingFinance_2013.1010.2024.1351_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    d----        18.10.2013      1:13            Microsoft.BingFinance_3.0.1.203_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    d----        18.10.2013      3:26            Microsoft.BingFoodAndDrink_2013.1009.24.3213_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    d----        18.10.2013      3:37            Microsoft.BingFoodAndDrink_3.0.1.201_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    d----        18.10.2013      8:17            Microsoft.BingHealthAndFitness_2013.1010.2026.1268_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    d----        18.10.2013      8:17            Microsoft.BingHealthAndFitness_3.0.1.203_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    d----        28.01.2014     10:42            Microsoft.BingNews_2013.1012.2010.39_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    d----        18.10.2013      3:52            Microsoft.BingNews_3.0.1.205_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    d----        18.10.2013      7:05            Microsoft.SkypeApp_2.2.0.1009_x86__kzf8qxf38zg5c
    d----        28.01.2014     10:41            Microsoft.SkypeApp_2013.1004.1523.304_neutral_~_kzf8qxf38zg5c
    d----        28.01.2014     10:41            Microsoft.WindowsAlarms_2013.1007.2009.2886_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    d----        28.01.2014     10:41            Microsoft.WindowsAlarms_6.3.9600.20278_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    d----        18.10.2013      8:17            microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_17.5.9600.20279_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    d----        28.01.2014     10:40            microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_2013.1008.2215.4272_neutral_~_8wekyb3d
                                                 8bbwe
    d----        28.01.2014     10:40            Microsoft.WindowsReadingList_2013.1007.2003.1310_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    d----        28.01.2014     10:40            Microsoft.WindowsReadingList_6.3.9600.20278_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    d----        28.01.2014     10:40            Microsoft.ZuneMusic_2.2.214.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    d----        28.01.2014     10:39            Microsoft.ZuneMusic_2013.1104.235.5240_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    d----        28.01.2014     10:39            Microsoft.ZuneVideo_2.2.214.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    d----        28.01.2014     10:39            Microsoft.ZuneVideo_2013.1104.236.2979_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    d----        28.01.2014     10:39            Microsoft.ZuneVideo_2013.809.1701.1727_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe

    along with their corresponding manifests:

    PS C:\Windows\system32> dir C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\AppRepository
    
    
        Directory: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\AppRepository
    
    
    Mode                LastWriteTime     Length Name
    ----                -------------     ------ ----
    -a---        12.09.2013      9:54       3682 CheckPoint.VPN_1.0.0.1_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy.xml
    -a---        01.02.2014     21:10       8192 edb.chk
    -a---        01.02.2014     21:10    1048576 edb.log
    -a---        01.02.2014     20:32    1048576 edb00062.log
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:25    1048576 edbres00001.jrs
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:25    1048576 edbres00002.jrs
    -a---        01.02.2014     20:05    1048576 edbtmp.log
    -a---        12.09.2013      9:54       3830 f5.vpn.client_1.0.0.11_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      9:54       2335 FileManager_6.3.9600.16384_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      9:54       3999 JuniperNetworks.JunosPulseVpn_1.0.0.206_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        747 Microsoft.BingFinance_3.0.1.174_neutral_split.scale-180_8wekyb3d8bbwe.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        757 Microsoft.BingFoodAndDrink_3.0.1.177_neutral_split.scale-180_8wekyb3d8bbwe
                                                 .xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        772 Microsoft.BingHealthAndFitness_3.0.1.176_neutral_split.scale-180_8wekyb3d8
                                                 bbwe.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        747 Microsoft.BingMaps_2.0.2009.2356_neutral_split.scale-180_8wekyb3d8bbwe.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        733 Microsoft.BingNews_3.0.1.174_neutral_split.scale-180_8wekyb3d8bbwe.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        745 Microsoft.BingSports_3.0.1.174_neutral_split.scale-180_8wekyb3d8bbwe.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        739 Microsoft.BingTravel_3.0.1.174_neutral_split.scale-180_8wekyb3d8bbwe.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        740 Microsoft.BingWeather_3.0.1.174_neutral_split.scale-180_8wekyb3d8bbwe.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        759 Microsoft.HelpAndTips_6.3.9600.16384_neutral_HelpAndTips.scale-140_8wekyb3
                                                 d8bbwe.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        759 Microsoft.HelpAndTips_6.3.9600.16384_neutral_HelpAndTips.scale-180_8wekyb3
                                                 d8bbwe.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      9:54       1484 Microsoft.MoCamera_6.3.9600.16384_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        758 Microsoft.Reader_6.3.9600.16384_neutral_glcnd.scale-140_8wekyb3d8bbwe.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        758 Microsoft.Reader_6.3.9600.16384_neutral_glcnd.scale-180_8wekyb3d8bbwe.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        715 Microsoft.SkypeApp_2.0.0.5011_neutral_split.scale-180_kzf8qxf38zg5c.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        756 Microsoft.WindowsAlarms_6.3.9600.16384_neutral_Time.scale-140_8wekyb3d8bbw
                                                 e.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        756 Microsoft.WindowsAlarms_6.3.9600.16384_neutral_Time.scale-180_8wekyb3d8bbw
                                                 e.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        761 Microsoft.WindowsCalculator_6.3.9600.16384_neutral_Numbers.scale-140_8weky
                                                 b3d8bbwe.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        761 Microsoft.WindowsCalculator_6.3.9600.16384_neutral_Numbers.scale-180_8weky
                                                 b3d8bbwe.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        801 microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_17.4.9600.16384_neutral_comm.scale-140
                                                 _8wekyb3d8bbwe.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        801 microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_17.4.9600.16384_neutral_comm.scale-180
                                                 _8wekyb3d8bbwe.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        762 Microsoft.WindowsReadingList_6.3.9600.16384_neutral_Stash.scale-140_8wekyb
                                                 3d8bbwe.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        762 Microsoft.WindowsReadingList_6.3.9600.16384_neutral_Stash.scale-180_8wekyb
                                                 3d8bbwe.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        758 Microsoft.WindowsScan_6.3.9600.16384_neutral_ScanApp.scale-140_8wekyb3d8bb
                                                 we.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        758 Microsoft.WindowsScan_6.3.9600.16384_neutral_ScanApp.scale-180_8wekyb3d8bb
                                                 we.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        773 Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorder_6.3.9600.16384_neutral_SoundRecorder.scale-
                                                 140_8wekyb3d8bbwe.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        773 Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorder_6.3.9600.16384_neutral_SoundRecorder.scale-
                                                 180_8wekyb3d8bbwe.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        778 Microsoft.ZuneMusic_2.2.41.0_neutral_resources.scale-180_8wekyb3d8bbwe.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      6:30        778 Microsoft.ZuneVideo_2.2.41.0_neutral_resources.scale-180_8wekyb3d8bbwe.xml
    -a---        01.02.2014     21:10   25231360 PackageRepository.edb
    -a---        12.09.2013      9:54       4754 SonicWALL.MobileConnect_1.0.0.8_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      9:54       1311 windows.immersivecontrolpanel_6.2.0.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy.xml
    -a---        12.09.2013      9:54       1733 winstore_1.0.0.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy.xml

    Those in WindowsApps aren't just empy folders, they are complete packages, for example:

    PS C:\Windows\system32> dir 'C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.BingFinance_3.0.1.203_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe'
    
    
        Directory: C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.BingFinance_3.0.1.203_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
    
    Mode                LastWriteTime     Length Name
    ----                -------------     ------ ----
    d----        18.10.2013      1:11            AppxMetadata
    d----        18.10.2013      1:11            common
    d----        18.10.2013      1:11            Configuration
    d----        18.10.2013      1:11            css
    d----        18.10.2013      1:11            ETW
    d----        18.10.2013      1:11            html
    d----        18.10.2013      1:11            js
    d----        18.10.2013      1:11            Microsoft.Bing.AppEx.Telemetry
    d----        29.10.2013     11:11            Microsoft.PlayerFramework.Js
    d----        28.01.2014     10:43            Microsoft.PlayerFramework.Js.Advertising
    d----        18.10.2013      1:11            MicrosoftAdvertising.SDK.Plugins.MMPPF.JS
    d----        18.10.2013      1:11            MSAdvertisingJS
    d----        18.10.2013      1:11            OpenSource
    d----        18.10.2013      1:11            pages
    d----        18.10.2013      1:11            personalization
    d----        18.10.2013      1:11            shared
    d----        18.10.2013      1:11            StateMachines
    d----        18.10.2013      1:11            telemetry
    d----        18.10.2013      1:11            utils
    d----        18.10.2013      1:11            workers
    d----        18.10.2013      1:11            wsjshared
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:12      35856 AppEx.Common.EntityCollection.dll
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:12      97800 AppEx.Common.NewsBdiTransformer.winmd
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:12      32272 AppEx.Common.RichBrowse.winmd
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:12     144912 AppEx.Common.winmd
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:12       5394 AppFeatures.xml
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:11      88467 AppxBlockMap.xml
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:11      31557 AppxManifest.xml
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:11      10599 AppxSignature.p7x
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:12      67088 CollectionProvider.winmd
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:13     457355 ConfigurationData.JSON
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:13      43024 DataModel.dll
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:13       3594 default.html
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:13      56320 FinanceApp.winmd
    -a---        22.08.2013     22:15       1664 HeroFRE.JSON
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:13     278528 Microsoft.Bing.AppEx.Telemetry.winmd
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:13    1386248 Microsoft.Media.AdaptiveStreaming.dll
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:13      29448 Microsoft.Media.AdaptiveStreaming.winmd
    -a---        22.08.2013     22:14      44136 Microsoft.PerfTrack.dll
    -a---        22.08.2013     22:14      12728 Microsoft.PerfTrack.winmd
    -a---        22.08.2013     22:17      69560 Microsoft.PlayerFramework.Js.Advertising.winmd
    -a---        22.08.2013     22:17     323512 Microsoft.VideoAdvertising.winmd
    -a---        22.08.2013     22:14     246168 Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Messaging.Managed.dll
    -a---        22.08.2013     22:14         16 MicrosoftAdvertising.ini
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:13     225464 MicrosoftAdvertising.winmd
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:13    1004808 MicrosoftAdvertising_MMPPF.dll
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:13      11528 MicrosoftAdvertising_MMPPF.winmd
    -a---        22.08.2013     22:14        780 msapp-error.html
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:13      33296 News.winmd
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:13       4234 nondefault.html
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:13     949264 Platform.winmd
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:13    1234352 resources.pri
    -a---        22.08.2013     22:15     660920 sqlite3.dll
    -a---        22.08.2013     22:15     485816 SqliteWrapper.dll
    -a---        22.08.2013     22:15      16312 SqliteWrapper.winmd
    -a---        18.10.2013      1:13     135443 WWAHost_AppExFinance.profile.xml

    Recent versions of the apps were removed, along with the system packages, which they were dependent on: WinJS, VCLibs, and so on. Moreover, the system packages were removed along with their older preview versions, so these were removed completely. But older versions of non-system packages weren't removed.

    So, I have several questions:

    1. How can those app packages be correctly removed? I mean, aside from manually taking ownership of folders and removing them via the command line.

    2. How to prevent this situation from occurring in the future?

    3. Why weren't those app packages removed automatically during updating/removing procedures?

    4. It seems, that this situation is a bug in app servicing system. If it indeed is, how to report it to Microsoft?




    • Edited by alex_d2w Saturday, February 1, 2014 11:59 PM
    Saturday, February 1, 2014 7:49 PM
  • Recent versions of the apps were removed, along with the system packages, which they were dependent on: WinJS, VCLibs, and so on. Moreover, the system packages were removed along with their older preview versions, so these were removed completely. But older versions of non-system packages weren't removed.

    So, I have several questions:

    1. How can those app packages be correctly removed? I mean, aside from manually taking ownership of folders and removing them via the command line.

    2. How to prevent this situation from occurring in the future?

    3. Why weren't those app packages removed automatically during updating/removing procedures?

    4. It seems, that this situation is a bug in app servicing system. If it indeed is, how to report it to Microsoft?

    Did you ever find an answer to these questions? Wondering how to remove these old packages as well.
    Wednesday, December 3, 2014 4:31 PM
  • Did you ever find an answer to these questions? Wondering how to remove these old packages as well.

    I have the same question.
    Monday, July 6, 2015 8:55 PM
  • As do I ...
    Thursday, May 26, 2016 1:36 PM
  • Still applies in Win 10... Why do we need several previous versions that even when uninstalled remain? 12.5GB being wasted, which is significant on a 120GB SSD
    Tuesday, January 15, 2019 5:56 PM