Microsoft’s Windows 11 comes bundled with widgets that pull in the content through web feeds. This is a useful feature for people interested in pulling relevant content right on your desktop. However, there may be users who may not like the Widgets or may not be willing to use them. If you do not make use of the widgets, it is a good idea to remove the widgets from Microsoft Windows 11.
We have discussed multiple ways by which you can remove widgets from your Windows 11 computer. My personal favorite is the group policy editor to alter the group policy that affects the loading of the widgets on a Windows 11 computer.
Why should I uninstall widgets from Windows 11?
Windows 11 widgets consume memory space and take up vital resources on your Windows 11 computer. If you do not intend to make use of the widgets, it is better to disable or even uninstall the widgets altogether. This will save the widgets process from consuming resources on your computer, including the memory space of computer.
Essentially, if you have no use of the widgets on Windows 11, it is best to optimize the system and remove the widgets.
How can I uninstall the widgets from Windows 11?
You can uninstall the widgets from Windows 11 using the Powershell commands. Powershell method works on Windows 11 Home, Enterprise and Pro versions. In a way, it offers a universal way to remove the windows web experience pack or WWEP from your Windows 11 computer.
Alternatively, you may also use the winget command to install the widgets.
Before uninstalling widgets from Windows 11, you may want to understand the following:
- widgets on Windows 11 are a part of the Windows Web Experience pack.
- when you install the web experience pack, the widgets will automatically get uninstalled
- should you wish to reinstall the windows web experience pack, you can do so any time
Also, do understand, that widgets are one part of the Windows web experience pack. There are other apps and features that are a part of the Windows web experience pack. When you uninstall the web experience pack, you will also uninstall these elements of the web experience pack, including the Microsoft spotlight.
How can I uninstall the widgets from Windows 11?
You can uninstall the widgets from Windows 11 using the PowerShell command.
- Load the Powershell by typing powershell in the search box on the taskbar. This will allow you an option to click on Powershell and launch a powershell session on your Windows 11 computer. Screen capture shows the powershell on the computer.
- Within powershell, type in the full command or copy-paste the command in the powershell window:
Get-AppxPackage MicrosoftWindows.Client.WebExperience* | Remove-AppxPackage
3. Once you execute this command, widgets and the Windows web experience pack will be uninstalled from your computer.
4. You will need to restart the computer for the changes to take effect. Upon restart, you will notice that the icon of the widget on the taskbar will be gone. Within the task manager, you will also see that there is no process for the Windows widgets. Generally speaking, you will see multiple widgets threads under the main widgets process on the task manager. Cumulatively, these threads may be using RAM between 50 Mb to 256 Mb while running as a background app.
The powershell method stated above has been tested on the Windows 11 Home edition and it works as promised. It will remove widgets from your Windows 11 computer.
How to uninstall the web experience pack using winget?
You can also uninstall the Windows web experience pack from Windows 11 by using the winget terminal administration.
- Press Win + X to bring up the terminal window (admin).
2. On the terminal admin window, type in the following command:
winget uninstall “windows web experience pack”
This winget command will uninstall the web experience pack from your computer. You could use the winget command to install the web experience pack anytime. The command to re-install the web experience pack on a Windows 11 computer is:
winget install “windows web experience pack”
This winget command will restore or re-install the windows web experience pack on your Windows 11 computer. A restart may be needed for the command to take effect.
How to uninstall widgets using gpedit or group policy editor?
Widgets on the Windows 11 can also be uninstalled on Windows 11 Enterprise and PRO editions using the group policy editor. Group policy editor is unavailable on Windows 11 home edition. To alter the group policy for the widgets on a Windows 11 computer, follow the steps mentioned below:
- Bring up the run dialog box by pressing Win + R.
- Type in gpedit.msc. This will load the group policy editor management console.
- Open the Local group policy editor
- Move to the group policy definition under Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Widgets
- In the ‘Allow widgets’ policy, choose the ‘disabled’ option to disable widgets on the Windows 11 computer.
Using gpedit.msc should be the preferred way to remove widgets from consuming your computer resources. Re-enabling the group policy through the gpedit.msc or the group policy editor will restore widgets back on the Windows 11 computer.
However, you may choose to use a method that is convenient for you. Either of these methods will help you in removing the widgets from a Windows 11 computer.
Widgets offer one stop web based information repository on a Windows 11 computer. Should you wish to remove the widgets for any reason, we have discussed multiple methods to remove the widgets from Windows 11 computer.
- You can remove widgets using the powershell command
- You can remove widgets using the winget command
- You can remove or disable widgets using group policy editor on Windows 11 Pro and Enterprise versions.
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Rajesh Dhawan is a technology professional who loves to blog about smart wearables, Cloud computing and Microsoft technologies. He loves to break complex problems into manageable chunks of meaningful information.