Many users have spotted that Windows 10 downloads and installs some games and apps automatically. 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 some other apps. This is definitely unwanted behavior for most users because they never requested these apps. Here is how to prevent these apps from installing.
Update: the trick described in this article does not work in Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607. thanks to Group Policy changes. For Windows 10 Anniversary Update, see this workaround:
The latest Windows 10 version 1511 includes a new feature that automatically installs apps from the Windows Store because it wants to promote some of them. These apps are installed for the currently signed-in user. When you are connected to the internet, Windows 10 will download and install a number of Store apps automatically. The Tiles for these Metro apps or Universal apps suddenly show up in the Windows 10 Start Menu with a progress bar indicating that they're being downloaded. After they finish installing they show up in the Recently installed section of the Start menu:
In my case, it was Candy Crush Soda Saga, which also started running in the background and was visible in Task Manager. It is surprising because this happened on one of my PCs running Windows 10 which had the Windows Store app uninstalled using the tutorial HERE. I had only Edge and the Settings app for that user account and out of nowhere, suddenly it started installing these apps. This indicates that Windows 10 can use an alternate mechanism to install apps besides the Store.
There are some apps Microsoft automatically installs using a script to promote them to certain users. These are not provisioned apps included as part of the Windows setup image or preinstalled apps but they are downloaded using the user's internet connection.
Besides Candy Crush Soda Saga, Twitter, Flipboard and Minecraft, users report that some other apps continue to be installed automatically, such as Photoshop Express, iHeartRadio and more.
Microsoft is again going too far with pushing apps and it's hurting the user experience.
Fortunately, there is a way to prevent this madness. Follow these instructions to stop Windows 10 from downloading and installing apps like Candy Crush Soda Saga automatically.
- Install all cumulative and other updates available for Windows 10 so you at least have the TH2 update. The most recent release as of this writing is Windows 10 build 10586.71. Having TH2 installed is necessary for the Registry values to work.
- Now, open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following Registry key:
Tip: How to jump to the desired registry key with one click.
If you have no such Registry key, you need to create it.
- Create a new 32-bit DWORD value named DisableWindowsConsumerFeatures and set its value data to 1. Even if you are running 64-bit Windows, you still need to create a 32-bit DWORD value.
- Restart Windows 10.
Now you can say goodbye to Candy Crush Soda Saga and all the other unwanted apps that you never wanted to try.