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How to Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking in Windows 10

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Windows can personalize your Start menu based on the apps that you launch. This allows you to quickly have access to your list of Most used apps both in the Start menu and when you search your device.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off app launch tracking to improve Start and search results for your account in Windows 10.

Note   Note
If you turn off app launch tracking, it will gray out the Show most used apps setting.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking in Settings
  • Option Two: To Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking using a REG file





Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking in Settings

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Privacy icon.

2. Click/tap on General on the left side, and turn on (default) or off Let Windows track app launches to improve Start and search results on the right side for what you want. (see screenshot below)

3. You can now close Settings if you like.

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Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking using a REG file

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

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

Start_TrackProgs DWORD

0 = Off
1 = On


1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you want to do.


 2. To Turn On App Launch Tracking

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.

Turn_On_app_launch_tracking.reg

download


 3. To Turn Off App Launch Tracking

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

Turn_Off_app_launch_tracking.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

7. Sign out and sign in to fully apply.

8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn