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Deleting Metro Apps for all users in Windows 8.1

If you get OEM machines, you may get a bunch of applications preinstalled.  The normal applications can be removed from Add/Remove programs.  Some, specifically from the store or ‘Metro Apps’ can only be uninstalled per user.  Creating a new user will reinstall the applications.  To delete these, you will need to user Powershell.
The following code will remove the any provisioned application that has the name *evernote*, so it will no longer be installed for any new user.  It will also uninstall it for the current logged on user.  It will NOT uninstall it for any other user accounts.  This will need to be run as administrator:

$AppsToDelete=”*evernote*” 
Foreach ($AppName in $AppsToDelete)
{
    get-appxprovisionedpackage -online | where packagename -like $AppName | remove-appxprovisionedpackage -Online
    Get-AppxPackage -name $AppName -allusers | Remove-AppxPackage
}

You can also use the variable $AppsToDelete as an array, and delete multiple (This will delete applcations with the following in the name:  Evernote, Accuweather, Kindle, Companion, Quickcast, LenonoSupport, LenovoSettings, Symantec, YouSendIt, Zinio:

$AppsToDelete=”*evernote*”,”*accuweather*”,”*Kindle*”,”*companion*”,”*Quickcast*”,”*LenovoSupport*”,”*LenovoSettings*”,”*Symantec*”,”*YouSendIt*”,”*Zinio*”
Foreach ($AppName in $AppsToDelete)
{
    get-appxprovisionedpackage -online | where packagename -like $AppName | remove-appxprovisionedpackage -Online
    Get-AppxPackage -name $AppName -allusers | Remove-AppxPackage
}

Once major problem is it wont uninstall the application for users that have already had a profile created, and the application installed for them.  They will need to uninstall the application individually.

Source:
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=faq-Windows-8&faq=60

Show Hidden Files

To Show hidden files on Windows:

Windows 98:

Open Windows Explorer

Select the Tools menu and select Folder Options…

Select Show all files and click OK

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Windows 2000:

Start Windows Explorer

Select the Tools menu, and select Folder Options…

Select Show hidden files and folders, and Hide Protected Operating System Files (Recommended)

Click Yes to the warning, and click OK.

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XP:

Open My Computer

Open the Tools menu, and select Folder Options…

Select the View tab, and unselect Show hidden files and folders, and Hide protected operating system files (Recommended). 

Click Yes to the warning

and click OK

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Vista:

Open Computer

Press and hold the ALT Key on the keyboard, and select the Tools menu, and select Folder Options…

Select Show hidden files and folders and unselect Hide protected operating system files (Recommended). 


Click Yes to the warning, and click OK.

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Windows 7:

Open Computer

Press and hold the ALT Key on the keyboard, and select the Tools menu, and select Folder Options…

Tick Show hidden files, folders, and drives, and unselect Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)

Click Yes on the warning, and click OK

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Windows 8 / 8.1:

Open File Explorer, click on the View menu and select Options…

Select Show hidden files, folders, and drives and unselect Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)

Click Yes on the warning, and click OK