Fix: Windows 10 installs apps like Candy Crush Soda Saga automatically

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.

Windows 10 stop installing Candy Crush Soda Saga

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:

Stop Windows 10 Anniversary Update from installing Candy Crush and other unwanted apps

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:

soda 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Now, open Registry Editor.
  3. Go to the following Registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CloudContent

    Tip: How to jump to the desired registry key with one click.
    If you have no such Registry key, you need to create it. Windows 10 create CloudContent key

  4. 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. Windows 10 disable apps autoinstall
  5. 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.

43 thoughts on “Fix: Windows 10 installs apps like Candy Crush Soda Saga automatically

  1. Etienne

    Thank you for this article.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Don’t mention it.

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      1. Reza

        Sadly did not work for me, after a few restarts the bloody Candy Crush got itself installed again :(
        I did just as you instructed. Running the latest version of Win10 Pro.
        Great tips though but maybe MS changed it somehow.

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  2. Gary King

    I do not have such a key and am running 10586.71

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Create it yourself.
      It does not exist by default.

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  3. elrond

    Lol, another MS surprise – unwanted app installs. :D

    Windows 10 looks more and more like a bad joke.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Indeed.

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  4. dfiction

    Could this be happened because you use online account instead of local one?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Quite possible.

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      1. dfiction

        Yeah, I think so. I’m using Windows 10 since the 10240 build in local account. Now I’ve been running the latest build since the update is released and doesn’t see any modern app installed automatically.

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      2. Joe

        I am running the latest 10 build and I don’t have that reg entry and I do not use the Microsoft account.
        I just use a local account. The games you mentioned do not seem to appear on my computer.
        Maybe the key is to not use a Microsoft account login.

        Wouldn’t it be nice if someone came up with a program called “Make my Windows 10 Work and Look Just Like Windows 7”.
        Have it install all of the Win 7 games if you wan them.
        Have it install the real start menu.
        Have it disable and or uninstall all of this new Win 10 crap that I don’t want or need.
        Cortana, gone.
        Skype, gone.
        Maps, gone.
        Weather, gone
        It could also have options that will allow the user to keep certain apps if they want them.
        I hope it can be done. The developer could probably sell it for $15.00 to $25.00 and make a bunch of money.

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  5. Rick Grunwald

    It looks like “Open Candy” is about to become a Microsoft Partner”
    Worthless joins worthless
    OT: I am waiting to see what they are going to collect for their “FREE Windows 10 upgrade) I am betting on a subscription service

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  6. Phil

    i am going to stay away from Win10 TH2!
    which linux distros you are using?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Arch Linux on my primary PC.
      Linux Mint on my laptop.

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      1. Phil

        oh ok

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      2. Kris

        +1 for Mint, It is a fantastic distro

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  7. Zed

    This and TH2 uninstalling (almost) all of your apps… plus it introduces a brand new mechanism preventing third party themes for being installed… i was going to upgrade but i guess i’ll pass now, my build 10240 is fine :)

    Is it Win10 home only or all editions by the way ?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      for all consumer editions

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  8. js2010

    That registry entry is also a group policy. This feature also breaks sysprep with the message “cannot validate windows”.

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  9. Anon

    Sad news.
    Build 14291 has changed this policy to Enterprise and Education limitted.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      that’s a pity!

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    2. OK

      This solution still works in AU.
      I have Windows 10 AU dual boot. Still OK but I prefer Windows 7 and Wndows 8.1 don’t wanna use Windows 10 as a main OS anymore.
      I DISABLED ALL THOSE SHITTY APP AUTOMATICALLY DOWNLOADING AND INSTALLING.

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      1. Bob

        It probably works if you moved from 1511 to 1607 AU. Try a clean install of AU and watch junk automatically being downloaded and installed.

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  10. iulian maxim

    Hello,

    I didn’t manage to resolve the problem with registry and even with gpedit. This is win 10 pro is a bad joke. I will call Microsoft to resolve problem.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      That’s a pity.

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  11. Said

    I am trying but i get this error, and i dont even have the Windows App folder at C:\ so I guess Im screwed :( plementación con HRESULT: 0x80073CF9, Error en la instalación. Póngase en contacto con el proveedor de software. (Excepción de HRESULT: 0x80073CF9)
    n adicional, busque [ActivityId] 237ea2ac-c8d7-0001-c143-8523d7c8d101 en el registro de eventos o use la línea de comandos Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 237ea2ac-c8d7-0001-c143-8523d7c8d101

    C:\Archivos de Programa\WindowsApps\Micros …
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    WriteError: (C:\Archivos de …ppxManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], IOException
    DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

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  12. Said

    Please please contact me at the email im providing i really need help. This happened after that Candy app missed my profile and windows forced me to use Temporary Profile, so i made a fix for that, which worked but it messed my Store and Edge apps

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  13. Ron

    Fuck you Microsoft

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  14. surely

    I don’t know why but whenever I enable this feature on win-aero than restart my computer, it shows unchked liek if I hadn’t had it enabled.

    Any reasons as to why?

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  15. Юля

    Cepгeй, y мeня тa жe пpoблeмa. B Baшeй пpoгpaммe cтaвлю гaлoчкy нa “Ѕtор Unwаntеd Аррѕ”, зaпpaшивaeтcя пepeзaгpyзкa, гaлoчки нa “Ѕtор Unwаntеd Аррѕ” нeт, a дecяткa кaк кaчaлa, тaк и пpoдoлжaeт кaчaть aпдeйты (вpoдe Саndу Сruѕh Ѕоdа Ѕаgа). У мeня 1511 вepcия. Пpoбoвaлa (кpoмe Baшeгo coвeтa вышe) coздaть в вeткe НКЕY_LОСАL_МАСНІNЕ\ЅОFТWАRЕ\Роlісіеѕ\Місrоѕоft\WіndоwѕЅtоrе ключ “АutоDоwnlоаd” (32-bіt DWОRD) co знaчeниeм 2, нo ничeгo нe пoмoглo. Пoдcкaжитe, пoжaлyйcтa, чтo дeлaть!

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      1. Юля

        Пoкa нe знaю, чтo и cкaзaть. Bнecлa Baшe измeнeниe в peecтp. Hecкoлькo paз “пepeгpyзилacь”. Зaмeтилa, чтo в плиткax “Саndу Сruѕh Ѕоdа Ѕаgа” и “Хbох” пoкa виcят. Toчнo знaю, чтo пocтoяннo oбнoвляютcя пpoгнoз пoгoды и Тwіttеr. Пeчaлькa :-\

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        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          Так если они до внесения твика появились, то и не исчезнут. Их вручную надо удалить.
          а Xbox это вообще системное приложение.

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          1. Юля

            Так они же постянно обновляются?!

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          2. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

            не очень уловил суть вопроса.
            итак.
            1. вносим твик
            2. удаляем канди краш и иже с ним
            больше их не видим.
            Если последовательность действий будет другой, приложения продолжат обновляться.
            xbox поставляется в составе системы, и продолжит обновляться, твик на него не влияет.

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  16. Юля

    A пoчeмy тoгдa y мeня пoгoдa и Tвиттep пpoдoлжaют oбнoвлятьcя?
    Я xoчy вooбщe зaбить эти дoлбaнныe oбнoвлeния :(

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Погода – приложение системное.
      Твиттер можно удалить в Настройках – система – приложения

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  17. Scootie

    This did not work for me. Windows 10 still auto installs lots of garbage games.

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    1. mj

      the secpol.msc trick no longer works, at least on my systems as of 3/21/17

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      1. TairkuOkami

        reg add “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager” /v “ContentDeliveryAllowed” /t REG_DWORD /d “0” /f
        reg add “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager” /v “OemPreInstalledAppsEnabled” /t REG_DWORD /d “0” /f
        reg add “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager” /v “PreInstalledAppsEnabled” /t REG_DWORD /d “0” /f
        reg add “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager” /v “PreInstalledAppsEverEnabled” /t REG_DWORD /d “0” /f
        reg add “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager” /v “SilentInstalledAppsEnabled” /t REG_DWORD /d “0” /f
        reg add “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager” /v “SubscribedContentEnabled” /t REG_DWORD /d “0” /f
        reg delete “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager\SuggestedApps” /f

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        1. Thomas

          lets see if this works, I’ve been trying to rid my computer of this cancer since I bought it last year. Each fix I do seems to work then a few days later candy crush and farmville try to reinstall. I’ve destroyed everything else, but these two viruses just keep trying to download.

          I love how microsoft is totally pro rape as they don’t consider my consent to be something that is needed.

          Each time I see them trying to install, I’m triggered.

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        2. Thomas

          lets see if this works, I’ve been trying to rid my computer of this cancer since I bought it last year. Each fix I do seems to work then a few days later candy crush and farmville try to reinstall. I’ve destroyed everything else, but these two viruses just keep trying to download.

          I love how microsoft is totally pro rape as they don’t consider my consent to be something that is needed.

          Each time I see them trying to install, I’m triggered.

          EDIT: NOPE IT DIDN’T WORK. Didn’t try to install for about 4 days (since I posted this, and then bam today, once again, my consent was not required.

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