A tweak to turn off automatically installing suggested apps in Windows 10

With Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Windows 10 started to aggressively promote apps right inside the Start menu. Without the user even opening the Store, or asking for his or her permission, the operating system installs some apps like Candy Crush Soda Saga, Minecraft: Windows 10 edition, Flipboard, Twitter and many other apps. Here is how to prevent Windows 10 from installing them.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update and all builds later include a feature that automatically installs apps from the Windows Store because it wants to promote some of them. These apps include:

  • 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

Depending your region, these apps may vary.

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More apps can get installed automatically on your PC if Microsoft decides to push them on the end user. When you are connected to the Internet, Windows 10 will download and install them automatically. After they finish installing, they show up in the Recently installed section of the Start menu:

soda To prevent this behavior, you can apply a simple Registry tweak. This will not remove existing apps which Windows 10 has already downloaded for you, but it will prevent it from doing the same in the future.

A tweak to turn off automatically installing suggested apps in Windows 10

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager
  3. Create a 32-bit DWORD value here called SilentInstalledAppsEnabled and leave its value data as 0. turn-off-automatically-installing-suggested-apps-in-windows-10

You are done. Now you can safely remove apps which Windows 10 installed for you automatically.

To save your time, I made ready-to-use Registry files. You can download them here:

Download Registry Files

Remove automatically installed apps in Windows 10

You can do it as follows.

  1. Open Settings. settings-app
  2. Go to System - Apps & features settings-apps-and-features
  3. Select an app you want to remove and click the Uninstall button which will appear under the app's name: uninstall-an-app-in-windows-10

That's it.

9 thoughts on “A tweak to turn off automatically installing suggested apps in Windows 10

  1. Ed

    Very useful, thanks!

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome.

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      1. Ed

        I applied your ready-to-use registry files, then I removed those automatically installed apps, this was yesterday, but today Candy Crush Soda Saga is installed again (I’m using Windows 10 pro 14393.351)

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  2. BenSam

    I must give it a try these damn APPS install automatically without any notifications. These APPS are useless and serve no purpose

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  3. Winaerouser

    Does this method work in the new Windows 10 Creators Update 15063?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I think this tweak should work there.

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      1. Winaerouser

        I installed Windows 10 15063 and it was downloading for hours these Candy Crush, Minecraft, etc.

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        1. Recyclebin

          (2017-04-04) I also just installed Win10 Pro 64-bit 15063.0 (clean install from the ISO) and can confirm that all of the crap is still downloading. Verified that the registry key is there and set correctly, but it isn’t stopping Candy Crush/etc from always re-installing within minutes of uninstalling. I have a valid activation (at first I suspected that it might push these apps if not activated, but still happens after activation). Is there anything else to try?

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    2. Johnny

      Doesn’t work on win10 creators update! :(

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