Following Windows 11, Windows 10 has also got labels for system apps

Microsoft has backported the System label for pre-installed apps in the Start menu from Windows 11 to Windows 10. The change is part of the recently released KB5031445, which is a Preview update for Windows 10 22H2.

Similar to Windows 11, the "System" label only appears for core components, like Microsoft Store and the Settings app. Here's how it looks.

The Settings App With The System Label
The System app with the new badge. Image credits: BrenTech.
System Label For Apps In Windows Start Menu
Microsoft Store labeled as a System app. Image credits: BrenTech.

Note that the feature is still half-baked. Some of the inbox apps have the new badge, while others lack them. Also, the Settings app doesn't yet include the "System Components" page that lists all the apps with such badges.

Finally, not everyone who install the update will get the new Start menu instantly. Microsoft is rolling out this minor update gradually, so you may or may not see the change on your device. Here, none of my Windows 10 instances have it.

KB5031445 raises the OS version to Build 19045.3636. Microsoft released it on October 26, 2023. It is an optional update for the most recent stable version of Windows 10. It is focused mostly on fixes, such as correct touchscreen reaction, memory leaks in ctfmon.exe and TextInputHost.exe, printing issues, and more. The official release notes can be found here.

Credits for the finding go to BrenTech.

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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.

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