Do you need any of these 3D apps? Probably not

Do you need any of these 3D apps? Probably not

If your PC has an LTE modem for connecting to cellular networks, you can use the Mobile Plans app to manage your data plan (or to sign up for service). Not LTE modem? Feel free to uninstall that app.

And then there’s the Messaging app, which can’t be removed. On a PC with an LTE modem, this app shows SMS texts from your mobile operator about your data plan. It can also show messages you’ve sent and received from apps such as Skype via SMS relay. It can’t send texts.

If you have a 3D printer, take a look at the 3D Viewer and Print 3D apps and decide whether they’re good enough for your day-to-day use.

Paint 3D offers a confusing mishmash of features and for most simple edit imaging tasks is less usable than the classic Paint app.

Solitaire and Xbox: strictly for gamers

Full confession: I pay the $10 a year for a Microsoft Solitaire subscription, which removes the obnoxious ads that pollute the casual gaming experience. If you’re a Solitaire fan, you might also enjoy the daily challenges.

What do these system extensions do, anyway?

When you dig through the list in Settings > Apps > Apps & Features, you’ll find a couple of system extensions that can’t be removed.

The Store listing for the WebP Image Extension notes that it “will enable you to view WebP images in the Windows 10 Microsoft Edge browser.”

The HEIF Image Extension expands file format support for Windows 10, allowing devices to read and write files that use the High Efficiency Image File (HEIF) format. As the Store listing for this app notes, support for HEIF files that use the .heic extension requires one additional app: The HEVC Video Extensions package is available in the Store and costs 99 cents.

The Weather app: handy but hardly essential

Once upon a time, in the heady days just after Windows 8 was released and continuing into the Windows 10 era, a multitude of MSN apps were preinstalled with every copy.

In the latest release of Windows 10, the Weather app is the only one that survives. (You might have other apps, including News, if your system has been upgraded from an earlier version.)

And you know what? It’s not bad. You can get a detailed 10-day forecast and historical weather details for any location worldwide. The app also includes up-to-date radar and satellite information for those who like to track storms. Its live tile on Start even shows a compact version of the current forecast.

The Tips app is strictly for beginners

The Tips app is installed with every copy of Windows 10 and, as the name suggests, delivers an assortment of suggestions for accomplishing tasks.

If you’re brand-new to Windows 10, it’s worth twoo tipps quickly flipping through this app to see if you can learn anything new, and it’s a worthwhile starter resource for new users who don’t have a technical background.

Feedback Hub: It’s a keeper

In early versions of Windows 10, the Feedback Hub was strictly for members of the Windows Insider Program. But since then Microsoft has expanded this tool for use by anyone running Windows 10. Although it’s possible to uninstall this app, I recommend keeping it.

Using Feedback Hub, you can file a bug report, complete with screenshots, log files, and even a video showing the steps to reproduce the problem. You can also offer suggestions for adding or improving features.

Even if you never file your own feedback, you can and should use the Feedback Hub as a troubleshooting tool. If you run into unexpected behavior, search in Feedback Hub to see if others are reporting the same issue.

Regardless of which version of Microsoft Edge is on your computer, you can download and install a different browser, if you prefer.