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:
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.
- Open Settings.
- Go to Privacy - General (the default page in this section).
- On the right, look for the option Let Windows track app launches to improve Start and search results.
- Disable the option to improve you privacy and prevent Windows 10 from tracking the apps you launch.
- 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.
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.
Note: Even if you are running a 64-bit Windows version, you still need to create a 32-bit DWORD value.