Windows 10: Is it possible to completely disable the start menu? Solved


  1. Posts : 14
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       08 Dec 2015 #1

    Is it possible to completely disable the start menu?


    I'm using an old laptop as a Kodi Media Center and I have it set to automatically login and boot kodi on startup and wake from sleep, so what I'm wanting to do is add all shortcuts I need to the desktop and completely disable the start menu. Not sure if this is possible, but if it is, any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you,
    JohnDoeIII
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  2.    08 Dec 2015 #2

    I'm curious what the others have to say but I don't think you can do that.
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  3.    08 Dec 2015 #3

    Disable the Start Menu in Windows? I just pin what I use every day to my taskbar? Have a look at Tablet mode maybe? https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3...dows-10-a.html
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  4.    08 Dec 2015 #4

    You could hide the taskbar (right click on it, properties, tick "Auto-hide the taskbar")

    You can get rid of the button with startkiller portable - this works in 10 also. The button will not show on your taskbar but pressing the key will still open it.

    If you really want to stop it working lots of people have problems with it failing so you could just wait for that to happen to you and not fix it

    More seriously I think you'd have to change the permissions on something to deny access and probably hiding it away is a better idea.

    Is you purpose for doing this aesthetics or you want to stop anyone running anything except for programs with shortcuts on your desktop?

    If you want to allow only certain programs the methods depend on whether you are running 10 or 10 Pro so please let us know.
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  5. Posts : 14
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter
       08 Dec 2015 #5

    lx07 said: View Post
    Is you purpose for doing this aesthetics or you want to stop anyone running anything except for programs with shortcuts on your desktop?

    If you want to allow only certain programs the methods depend on whether you are running 10 or 10 Pro so please let us know.
    Combination of both. I would like to do it for aesthetic purposes but I do want to control which programs people can use. I have already set the account that automatically logs in as a Standard Account, so I'm good on that front.

    I'm running 10 Pro x64.
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  6.    08 Dec 2015 #6

    Settings - Accounts - Family & Other Users - Set up assigned access.

    It will be at the bottom under the list of other users (you have to have more than one user created). Also known as "kiosk mode". I don't know if it will work with Kodi, though.

    More info:
    Set up a kiosk on Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education (Windows)

    Looks like there are ways to do it with Kodi in that article.
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  7.    08 Dec 2015 #7

    Then I think the best is a comination. Use startkiller to remove the taskbar icon, autohide the taskbar. Make an account for Kodi and in group policy allow only that application (http://www.thewindowsclub.com/how-to...ified-programs)

    EDIT: or use the kiosk mode as @NavyLCDR says instead of Group Policy - a better way perhaps.
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  8. Posts : 14
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter
       08 Dec 2015 #8

    Roger, will do. Thank you all for your help. Greatly appreciated.
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