What is Web Media Extensions? How to uninstall this app.

What is Web Media Extensions? How to uninstall this app.

There are various preinstalled apps in Windows 10, but some may wonder that Web Media Extensions shown in “Apps & Features” is really unnecessary.

Even the software that was installed arbitrarily will always be upgraded automatically, so the application itself will take up space, and the temporary file of the upgrade will slow down the whole operation of Windows 10.

Should I remove it? This article explains the safe uninstallation method.



What is web media extensions? Do I need it?

An app from Microsoft that extends Microsoft Edge and Windows 10 to play content encoded using the Vorbis or Theora codecs. The extension is .ogg or .ogv.

Because it can reduce the audio and video file size, it is already built into third-party playback software and may be supported by many OSes. Therefore, we recommend that you do not remove it.

However, depending on the use of your PCs, there are cases where movie files are not handled at all (such as setting up a web server), so in that case you may consider it unnecessary and remove it.

How to remove

You can’t remove it from the normal menu, but you can do it using a slightly more advanced method.

Advanced method

Send a command from the keyboard to Windows 10 to remove it.

Call the app “PowerShell”. Right-click on the taskbar and select [Taskbar Settings].

There is a switch that is wrote “Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu When I right-click the start button or press Windows key + X”. Change to On position.

You can now close this setting screen.

Right-click on the start button. Then, there is a display of [Windows PowerShell (admin)] in the middle, so open it by left click. If you may be asked Go or Cancel, select Yes to open Windows PowerShell.

Put in the Windows PowerShell screen the following character string from the keyboard.


Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WebMediaExtensions | Remove-AppxPackage

Type and press Enter, so you can remove the Web Media Extensions.

If you are in trouble

There are other ways to start Windows PowerShell, so if the above doesn’t work,

(1) Right click on the start button. Then, there is [Search] menu at the bottom, so open it by left click.
Type PowerShell in the search box, and left-click [Run as administrator].

(2) Follow the list of apps in the start menu, display [Windows PowerShell], right-click and click [Run as administrator].

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