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How to Get Rid of "Suggested Apps" in Windows 10

Posted on 11 October 2017 at 10:53 AM - Post Comment

In the Windows 10 Fall 2015 update, Microsoft introduced what they call the "Microsoft Consumer Experience", which includes some rather annoying "suggestions" in the Start menu-both on the left side, under your apps, and on the right side as live tiles.

Those aren't the only things the consumer experience includes-you also might see ads on your lock screen, as well as toast notifications about your Microsoft account. If you want to turn these things off, you have a few options.

Turn Off Some Suggestions with Windows' Built-In Setting

When Microsoft introduced this feature, they actually added a Personalizataion setting to turn some of it off. Just open Windows 10's Settings app, head to Personalization, and click the Start tab. From there, just switch off "Occasionally Show Suggestions in Start".

The only problem, though, is that this doesn't turn off all suggestions-only the ones in the left side of the Start menu. You'll still get suggestions as Live Tiles, plus occasional notifications from Microsoft. To turn off all suggestions, you'll need to disable the entire "Microsoft Consumer Experience", which you can only do from the Registry Editor or Group Policy Editor. If you aren't comfortable doing so, this setting will help a little. But if you're willing to dig in, here's how to get rid of those suggestions completely.

Home Users: Disable the Microsoft Consumer Experience by Editing the Registry

If you have a Windows Home edition, you will have to edit the Windows Registry to make these changes. You can also do it this way if you have Windows Pro or Enterprise, but feel more comfortable working in the Registry than Group Policy Editor. (If you have Pro or Enterprise, though, we recommend using the easier Group Policy Editor, as described in the next section.)

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Standard warning: Registry Editor is a powerful tool and misusing it can render your system unstable or even inoperable. This is a pretty simple hack and as long as you stick to the instructions, you shouldn't have any problems. That said, if you've never worked with it before, consider reading about how to use the Registry Editor before you get started. And definitely back up the Registry (and your computer!) before making changes.

To get started, open the Registry Editor by hitting Start and typing "regedit." Press Enter to open Registry Editor and give it permission to make changes to your PC.

You can now close Registry Editor and restart your computer (or sign out of your account and sign back on). Note that existing suggestions on your Start menu won't usually be removed automatically, though you can right-click them and remove them yourself. However, new suggestions and live tiles should no longer appear.

To reverse the change, just follow the same steps and set the DisableWindowsConsumerFeatures value back to 0.

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