Apps, apps, apps. It’s all we hear about these days and Windows 10 is packed with them. Apps for your PC are essentially nothing new to the software we’ve been installing on computers for years, using discs and CDs. Where Windows 10 is concerned these apps can be downloaded from the Windows Store.
Like on smartphones, the Windows Store is the central place for a range of apps – many of which are free to download. They also serve the same purpose, to make life easier. For example, you could just go to Facebook using a web browser, but downloading the Facebook app provides all your latest account activity in a faster, better looking interface.
Microsoft and your PC’s manufacturer are also preloading some on to your machine automatically, which you may not want or need. To this end, it’s best that you’re confident with installing and uninstalling apps on your machine.
Installing Windows 10 apps
Step 1: Getting to the Windows Store
You’ll find the Windows Store at bottom in the taskbar – it looks like a small shopping bag with the Windows logo on it.
Step 2: Finding apps
There are five sections in the Windows Store – Home, Apps, Games, Music and Films & TV. These are listed along the top of the Windows Store.
Select Apps if you want to explore the apps available, according to popularity and featured apps.
If you already know what app you’re looking for, you can search in the search box situated in the top right.
Step 3: Installing an app
Once you’ve found the app you want, you’ll see the name and logo, followed by a button below. This will be marked Free, if it’s a free app, or give the price if it’s paid. If you’ve already installed the app on another machine, it may say Install instead.
The installation will begin and you can click Open when it’s complete.
Uninstalling Windows 10 apps
Step 1: Find the app
For any apps you don’t want or need, you can remove them to save a bit of space on your PC. To get to the app, click on the Start Button.
Next, find the app you wish to remove.
Step 2: Removing the app
Right click on the app and click Uninstall.
One last box will appear – click Uninstall again.