Good news for bloatware haters. Microsoft is currently distributing a tool to Windows Insiders that will remove any vendor installed bloatware on Windows 10 computers and install a clean version of the OS.
The tool is still in its testing phase right now and will only work with the recent Windows 10 Insider Preview builds, but we are hoping it will be released to the general public soon.
According to this official Microsoft announcement, the tool will remove all applications that are not standard with Windows, including Microsoft's own software (ex. Office, Skype).
It will also remove OEM applications like the PC manufacturer diagnostic and registration tools, help support applications and device drivers. Microsoft warns Insiders that all non-standard applications will have to be reinstalled after running this tool since there is no option to recover them.
Since the tool is still in its testing phase, Microsoft does not offer any guarantees to the Windows Insider testers who wish to try it out. They remind users that trying out an early version of a tool is always risky so they recommend Insiders not to use the tool on their primary PC.
With the impending release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, we are hoping that they will finalize this tool for general release.
It will be a boon to Windows 10 users who just want a clean, untouched version of the operating system minus the annoying software PC manufacturers like to sneak in.