Enable Or Disable App Launch Tracking in Windows 10

Windows 10 features a most used section of apps in the Start menu similar to previous versions of Windows going as far back as Windows XP. The operating system tracks apps that you launch to build the list of most used apps in the Start menu and in search. Here is how you can manage this useful feature.


Before you continue, please see the following article:

Fix Show Most Used Apps Is Grayed Out In Windows 10

There you can learn about issues you can get when app tracking is disabled.

To enable or disable App Launch Tracking in Windows 10, you can do the following.


  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy - General (the default page in this section).Windows 10 Privacy IconWindows 10 Settings Privacy General
  3. On the right, look for the option Let Windows track app launches to improve Start and search results.Let Windows Track App Launches To Improve Start And Search Results
  4. Disable the option to improve you privacy and prevent Windows 10 from tracking the apps you launch.
  5. Enable the feature to get the Most Used apps functionality and improve your search results in Cortana and Settings.  Choose the state of the feature which fits your needs.

Alternatively, you can manage the option Let Windows track app launches to improve Start and search results with a Registry tweak. Here is how it can be done.

Open the Registry Editor app and go to the key


Here, create a new 32-bit DWORD value and name it Start_TrackProgs. Set its value data to 1 to enable the app tracking feature, otherwise set it to 0. If you already have this value, then just modify it.

Disable App Tracking

Note: Even if you are running a 64-bit Windows version, you still need to create a 32-bit DWORD value.

Sign out from your Windows 10 account to apply the changes made by this tweak. Alternatively, you can just restart the Explorer shell in Windows 10.


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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

One thought on “Enable Or Disable App Launch Tracking in Windows 10”

  1. Thanks. On my second PC enabling this seem impossible. Both “Let Windows track app launches to improve Start and search results” and “Show most used apps” are greyed out (“…hidden or managed by your organization”).

    Start_TrackProgs is present and set to 1. Not sure what else I can try (also did a sfc /scannow).

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