App Suggestions on Start - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

    App Suggestions on Start - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable App Suggestions on Start in Windows 10
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    How to Enable or Disable App Suggestions on Start in Windows 10

    information   Information
    In Windows 10, users will occasionally see app suggestions on Start such as Candy Age of Empires: Castle Siege, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Candy Crush Soda Saga, FarmVille2: Country Escape, Flipboard, Minecraft: Windows 10 edition, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, World of Tanks: Blitz, etc...

    If users click/tap on the suggested app, it will open to the app in Store where the user can view additional information or download and install the app.

    These suggested apps pinned to Start is basically just advertising.

    Starting in Windows 10 build 10586, a new policy is available to disable getting new app suggestions for all existing user accounts, and have no app suggestions for new user accounts created afterwards.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable suggested apps (ex: Candy Crush Soda Saga) for all accounts in Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to enable or disable suggested apps on Start.

    Note   Note
    This will not uninstall suggested apps that were already automatically installed. You will still need to manually uninstall them.

    This will not remove suggested apps pinned to Start. You will still need to manually unpin them.

    ]If you disabled app suggestions on Start, users will no longer be able to turn on or off app suggestions on Start for their account.

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    warning   Warning
    This group policy will no longer work for the Windows 10 Pro or Home editions. It will only work in the Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions.

    See: Manage Windows 10 and Windows Store tips, tricks, and suggestions (Windows 10)


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Enable or Disable App Suggestions on Start using Group Policy
    • Option Two: To Enable or Disable App Suggestions on Start using a REG file


    EXAMPLE: App Suggestions on Start
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    App Suggestions on Start - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 OPTION ONE App Suggestions on Start - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
    To Enable or Disable App Suggestions on Start using Group Policy

    Note   Note
    Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Two below.


    1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Cloud Content

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    3. In the right pane of Cloud Content in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Turn off Microsoft consumer experiences policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Enable App Suggestions on Start

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.


     6. To Disable App Suggestions on Start

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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    7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






    App Suggestions on Start - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 OPTION TWO App Suggestions on Start - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
    To Enable or Disable App Suggestions on Start using a REG file

    Note   Note
    The .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CloudContent

    DisableWindowsConsumerFeatures DWORD

    0 or delete = enable
    1 = disable


    1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Enable App Suggestions on Start

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Enable_App_Suggestions_on_Start.reg

    download


     3. To Disable App Suggestions on Start

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Disable_App_Suggestions_on_Start.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Aug 2016
    Bangladesh
    Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro RS1
       2016-08-10 #1

    Does this work on new Redstone 1 build?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 16,527
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14986
       2016-08-10 #2

    Nope. It's no longer valid for Pro and Home editions. See below for those editions instead.

    App Suggestions on Start - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    App Suggestions Automatic Installation - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    Last edited by Brink; 2016-10-28 at 21:13.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 


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