Microsoft fixed after almost exactly 2 years the app installation problematic for all current supported Windows 10 Builds. A lot of users reported that apps keep getting reinstalled automatically without any permission or user interaction out of nowhere.
When you update a computer running Windows 10, version 1703, you might see provisioned apps that you previously removed return post-update. This can happen if the computer was offline when you removed the apps. This issue was fixed in Windows 10, version 1803 (and with the latest update also now in 1709).
Microsoft provided a registry solution for those builds aren’t fixed and still suffering from this problem.
The fun part is that even with this ‘fix’ some people already reporting that apps like ‘Reader’ or ‘Microsoft help’ still getting automatically re-installed. Oh boy! Well, I can’t help you guys here I made the smarter decision and switched to Xubuntu.
However, I might check this out myself once I have more time and my VM finally got updated with one of these cancer Pro Windows 10 versions. But the easiest solution seems obvious simply upgrade to Build 1803 (April Update) in order to avoid ‘hacky’ workarounds because I’m sure there only partially working for such older systems because the next feature update (bloatware) is definitely coming in form yet another cumulative update.
It only took Microsoft around 2 years to (partially) solve this little problem. Oh, wait I was never affected cause I never used any apps. Windows problems… I love ’em all.