Windows Store apps, which run in the Windows 8 modern interface, install and uninstall separately from desktop programs. Apps install and update through the Store app, and uninstall directly from the Start screen -- you won't find Windows Store apps on the Programs and Features list with your installed desktop programs. As an alternative to completely uninstalling an app, you can also hide it from the Start screen without removing it from your computer.
Uninstall an App
To completely delete an app on Windows 8.1, right-click its tile on the Start screen and click "Uninstall." If you use a touch screen, press and hold on the app, and then tap "Uninstall." Press "Uninstall" a second time on the confirmation pop-up to delete the app. If the app you want to remove isn't visible on your Start screen, begin typing its name to search for it and display its tile. You can uninstall almost any app, even those included with Windows, but some -- such as the app store itself -- don't display the uninstall button. If you delete an app included with Windows and want it back later, search for it in the Store app.
Adjust an App Tile
Right-click or tap and hold an app on the Start screen and press "Unpin from Start" to hide it. You can still run an unpinned app by searching for it on the Start screen. Some app tiles, such as those for News and Weather, update automatically. To stop a tile's animation without hiding the app entirely, right-click or tap and hold the tile and pick "Turn Live Tile Off."
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