Users of Windows 10 may notice that from the start menu from time to time there is an advertisement for recommended applications, both in its left part and in the right with tiles. Applications such as Candy Crush Soda Saga, Bubble Witch 3 Saga, Autodesk Sketchbook and others can also be automatically installed all the time. And after removing them, the installation happens again. This "option" appeared after one of the first major updates to Windows 10 and works as part of the Microsoft Consumer Experience feature.
This manual details how to disable recommended applications in the Start menu, and also make sure that Candy Crush Soda Saga, Bubble Witch 3 Saga and other garbage are not installed again after removal in Windows 10.
Turning off Start menu recommendations in options
Disabling recommended applications (such as in the screenshot) is relatively simple - using the appropriate personalization options for the Start menu. The procedure will be as follows.
- Go to Settings - Personalization - Start.
- Disable the option to Show recommendations sometimes in the Start menu and close the options.
After the specified settings change, the “Recommended” item on the left side of the Start menu will no longer be displayed. However, tile suggestions on the right side of the menu will still be shown. To get rid of this, you will have to completely disable the aforementioned Microsoft Consumer Features.
How to disable automatic reinstallation of Candy Crush Soda Saga, Bubble Witch 3 Saga and other unnecessary applications in the Start menu
Disabling the automatic installation of unnecessary applications even after uninstalling them is somewhat more complicated, but also possible. To do this, disable Microsoft Consumer Experience in Windows 10.
Disabling Microsoft Consumer Experience on Windows 10
You can disable the Microsoft Consumer Experience features aimed at delivering promotional offers to you in the Windows 10 interface using the Windows 10 registry editor.
- Press Win + R and type regedit, then press Enter (or type regedit in Windows 10 search and run from there).
- In the registry editor, go to the section (folders on the left)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows \ and then right-click on the "Windows" section and select "Create" - "Section" from the context menu. Specify the name of the CloudContent section (without quotes).
- In the right part of the registry editor with the CloudContent section selected, right-click and select DWORD Parameter (32 bits, even for a 64-bit OS) in the Create menu and set the parameter name to DisableWindowsConsumerFeatures, then double-click it and specify a value of 1 for the parameter . Also create a DisableSoftLanding parameter and also set the value to 1 for it. As a result, everything should turn out as in the screenshot.
- Go to the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ ContentDeliveryManager and create there a DWORD32 parameter named SilentInstalledAppsEnabled and set the value to 0 for it.
- Close the registry editor and either restart Explorer or restart the computer for the changes to take effect.
Important note: after rebooting, unnecessary applications in the Start menu can be installed again (if they were added there by the system even before you changed the settings). Wait until they are “Downloaded” and delete them (there is an item for this in the right-click menu) - after that they will not reappear.
Everything that is described above can be done by creating and executing a simple bat file with the contents (see How to create a bat file in Windows ):
reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CloudContent" / v "DisableWindowsConsumerFeatures" / t reg_dword / d 1 / f
reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CloudContent" / v "DisableSoftLanding" / t reg_dword / d 1 / f
reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ ContentDeliveryManager" / v "SilentInstalledAppsEnabled" / t reg_dword / d 0 / f
Also, if you have Windows 10 Professional and higher, you can use the local group policy editor to disable consumer features.
- Press Win + R and enter gpedit.msc to start the local group policy editor.
- Go to Computer Configuration - Administrative Templates - Windows Components - Cloud Content.
- In the right part, double-click on the option “Turn off Microsoft consumer features” and set it to “Enabled” for the specified parameter.
After that, also restart the computer or explorer. In the future (if Microsoft does not introduce something new), the recommended applications in the Windows 10 start menu should not bother you.
Update 2017: the same can be done not manually, but using third-party programs, for example, in Winaero Tweaker (the option is in the Behavior section).