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
- Minecraft: Windows 10 edition
- World of Tanks: Blitz
Depending your region, these apps may vary.
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:
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
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following registry key:
- Create a 32-bit DWORD value here called SilentInstalledAppsEnabled and leave its value data as 0.
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:
Remove automatically installed apps in Windows 10
You can do it as follows.
- Open Settings.
- Go to System - Apps & features
- Select an app you want to remove and click the Uninstall button which will appear under the app's name: