Windows 10 allows you to uninstall apps right from the Start menu. You can right click an app in the list on the left or a pinned tile on the right to open the context menu. There, you will see the Uninstall context menu command. If you are not happy to see it there or want to disable the command for certain users of your PC, this is how it can be done.
As you may already know from our previous article, Windows 10 offers a number of methods to uninstall apps. These include PowerShell, the Settings app and the classic Control Panel app. In addition, the new Start menu pane in Windows 10 has the Uninstall context menu command for apps to remove apps quickly.
It is possible to restrict access to this command for certain users and hide it from the context menu. Here is how it can be configured.
To disable app uninstall from the Start Menu in Windows 10, do the following.
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following Registry key:
If you do not have such a key, then just create it.
- Here, create a new 32-bit DWORD value NoUninstallFromStart. Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows, you still need to use a 32-bit DWORD as the value type.
Set it to 1 to disable the context menu command.
- Sign out from your user account to apply the change.
This will remove the Uninstall command from the context menu of Start in Windows 10. This change will only be applied to the current user account.
Later, you can delete the NoUninstallFromStart value to allow the user to use the Uninstall command in the context menu.
To disable the context menu for all users of your PC, ensure that you are signed in as Administrator before proceeding.
Then, go to the following Registry key:
Create the same value here, NoUninstallFromStart as described above.
Restart Windows 10 to apply the restriction and you are done.
To save your time, I made ready-to-use Registry files. You can download them here:
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