Remove Bloat from Windows 10 is two batch files from the HWInfo team designed to remove tracking, telemetry, data collection, and default apps from Windows 10.
There have to be thousands of programs and tutorials on the internet about removing the Windows 10 bloat. There's custom ISO's, tutorials, uninstallers, and of course dozens of apps.
So why a batch file? Well, because it's simple. No reading. No checkboxes. Just right-click on RemoveW10Bloat.bat and Run as administrator. Don't like the changes? Then rename RemoveW10Bloat.bat to RemoveW10Bloat.bat.txt, open it, and customize it by removing the lines that have tweaks you don't want to be appliedâ€”changed your mind? Right-click on PutBackW10Bloat.bat and "Run as Administrator" to restore the changes. So, the answer is simplicity.
How well does it work? We've now tested it on three computers with no issues. We had a couple of errors, as seen in the screenshots, but most likely because we had already manually removed some apps or due to changes from the time this was released to today.
There may be some tweaks that require some, er, tweaking. Here are a few examples. Indexing is shut off, so you'll be reminded of that when you open File Explorer. SmartScreen was off, leaving an exclamation point in Windows Defender. Turn it on, and that problem goes away. Hidden files are now shown, and we're not a fan, but you can change that in your Control Panel. So, a few things like that may pop up, but it seems worth the effort.
Of course, this is only one take on what someone didn't like, and you might not agree, which is why skimming the batch file as the text might be useful for more advanced users. Techs might find this handy for quick speedup of a customer's machine or new installations of Windows 10. Less advanced users can speed up their computer and remove bloat in seconds with little risk of damage, but we can't guarantee that. It does remove some apps that, as far as we know, can't be restored. The rest of it is mostly registry editing, so that a registry backup would be a good idea.
Much like kale and cucumber water, Remove Bloat from Windows 10 isn't for everyone. Overall, we loved the ability to remove the bloat without all the work, and we think you will too. Remember, use it at your own risk.