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    Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Apps & Features
    25 May 2020
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    How to Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking in Windows 10


    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.

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

    Turning off app launch tracking will also clear and disable the AutoSuggest history for apps in the drop down list of Run (Win+R) and File Explorer (Win+E) address bar. This does not affect file, folder, drive, network, and URL paths in AutoSuggest.



    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






    OPTION ONE

    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)

    If the Let Windows track app launches to improve Start and search results setting is grayed out, then you will need to enable app launch tracking.


    3 You can now close Settings if you like.

    Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking in Windows 10-let_windows_track_app_launches-1.jpg






    OPTION TWO

    To Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking using a REG file


    The downloadable .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

    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



  1. AmigaRoots's Avatar
    Posts : 74
    Windows 10 x64 Pro
       #1

    Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately I have the "Let Windows track app launches to improve Start and search results" option greyed out (..."some settings hidden/managed by your organizaition"). Registry trick doesn't help, Start_TrackProgs is already set to 1. I'd really appreciate any help on this since I couldn't find a fix/workaround.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,966
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19640
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       #2

    Hello AmigaRoots, :)

    Are you joined to a domain?

    If so, the domain administrator may have a policy set disabling this.
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  3. AmigaRoots's Avatar
    Posts : 74
    Windows 10 x64 Pro
       #3

    Thank you Brink, it's a simple home PC with no domains involved. I'm guessing some esoteric setting has been messed up, or it's a Windows 10 bug.
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,966
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19640
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       #4

    Since you have Windows 10 Pro, have you already checked to see if you have any group policies configured that may be related?

    See Applied Group Policies in Windows 10 General Tips Tutorials
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  5. AmigaRoots's Avatar
    Posts : 74
    Windows 10 x64 Pro
       #5

    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\All Settings: these are the changed ones:

    Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking in Windows 10-changed.jpg

    I compared the above with my other PC, and they are exactly the same. On that PC however, App Launch Tracking works normally and can be enabled/disabled.

    User Configuration\Administrative Templates\All Settings: all is 'Not configured'

    I couldn't find something relevant in the Resultant Set of Policy.
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  6. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,966
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19640
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       #6

    In that case, go ahead and post a screenshot showing the Settings\Privacy\General page to see if anything else may stand out to help ID the cause.

    In addition, what build is this for?
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  7. AmigaRoots's Avatar
    Posts : 74
    Windows 10 x64 Pro
       #7

    It is version 1709, build 16299.192

    Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking in Windows 10-1.jpg
    Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking in Windows 10-2.jpg
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  8. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,966
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19640
    Thread Starter
       #8

    I'll do some playing and see if I may be able to track it down.
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  9. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,966
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19640
    Thread Starter
       #9

    I found another person with the same issue below. Did you use any 3rd party programs to disable features in Windows 10?

    Let Windows track app launches to improve Start and search - Microsoft Community
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