Disable Settings Header Banner in Windows 10 2004 and 20H2

How to Disable Settings Header Banner in Windows 10 2004 and 20H2

Windows 10 version 2004 and 20H2 enable the new header banner in the Settings app for many users. Initially available to a small select group if Insiders, it is now appears for regular users too. Let's review how to get rid of the header in Settings in Windows 10.

Settings is a Universal app bundled with Windows 10. It is created to replace the classic Control Panel for both touch screen users and mouse and keyboard Desktop users. It consists of several pages which bring new options to configure Windows 10 along with some older options inherited from the classic Control Panel. In every release, Windows 10 is getting more and more classic options converted to a modern page in the Settings app. At some point, Microsoft might remove the classic Control Panel completely.

The updated Settings app features a new header, that displays some bits of important information related to your user account and the OS. Here's how it looks for my user account.

Along the user account information, which includes your name and the e-mail address you use for the Microsoft Account, the new header area also comes with a number of links to quickly access the Your Phone options page, and the Windows Update settings page. Also, there is a  link to Microsoft Rewards and OneDrive. In version Windows 10 version 20H2, it also promotes Microsoft Edge in this way.

Web Browsing Edge Icon In Settings Header

This post will show you how to disable the Settings Header Banner in Windows 10, version  2004, and version 20H2.

You may find the links in the header banner useful, as they allow opening certain pages of Settings directly. If you click on the Windows Update icon, you will directly open the Windows Update page. The OneDrive icon launches the OneDrive client app. However, the header banner in Settings is huge and takes enormous space just for showing a few links. Unfortunately, there is no option to easily get rid of it. Luckily, this can be done is via the ViveTool app.

To Disable Settings Header Banner in Windows 10 2004 and 20H2

  1. Download the latest ViveTool release from GitHub.
  2. Unblock the downloaded file.
  3. Extract the archive contents to any folder you like.
  4. Open PowerShell as Administrator in that folder by clicking on File > Open Windows PowerShell > Open Windows PowerShell as Administrator in File Explorer.Open PowerShell In ViveTool Folder
  5. Type the following command: .\ViveTool.exe addconfig 18299130 1. Windows 10 Disable Settings Header Ad Banner
  6. You will get a message "Successfully set feature configuration". Now restart Windows 10.

Voila, the header banner in Settings is now disabled!

Windows 10 Disable Header Ad Banner In Settings

Later you can re-enable the header in Settings by following the below steps.

Enable Header Banner in Settings

  1. Open PowerShell as Administrator in the folder where you have the ViveTool app. Click on File > Open Windows PowerShell > Open Windows PowerShell as Administrator in File Explorer.
  2. Type and run the following command: .\ViveTool.exe addconfig 18299130 2. Windows 10 Disable Settings Header Ad Banner
  3. Restart Windows 10.

You are done.

The header icons feature is still a work-in-progress, so they remain non-customizable to the end user. Please keep in mind that the header may return back after installing some updates. A cumulative update, or a build upgrade may restore it. In this case, just repeat the steps explained above to hide it again.

Also, at some point Microsoft may internally change Windows 10, so this method to disable the header ad banner in Settings may stop working completely.

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9 thoughts on “Disable Settings Header Banner in Windows 10 2004 and 20H2

  1. murat gökdeniz

    finally its working.

    Reply
  2. Kay

    Didn’t work here! :(

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Please specify what is your Windows 10 version and its build number.
      Thanks in advance.

      Reply
      1. Kay

        Version 2004, ‘Insider’ Build 20262.1010

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        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          Kay, it doesn’t work in Insider builds. I have checked. But works in 2004 and 20H2, as mentioned in the article.

          Reply
  3. Frank Meldrum

    Try This..
    .\vivetool.exe delconfig 18299130 1

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    1. Johnny

      Hi Frank, tried the command you showed as well as the original. Does not work with Insider 20262 as Sergey already mentioned. Shame as I despise this banner. Thanks for trying.

      Hope we can get an updated code for Insider builds.

      Regards,

      Reply
  4. Jacob Hill

    Does not work for me, even though I am on 20H2 (not insider build). Other pages say both the ViveTool and the mach2 solutions only work up to build version 2004 (20H1).

    Reply
  5. Ufuk

    Can we add a logo to the banner on the floor?

    Reply

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