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Disable the automatic installation of apps like Candy Crush on Windows 10

Candy Crush Soda Windows 10

Windows 10, all editions, installs a range of so-called suggested applications to improve the user experience. In fact, it’s just advertisements, product placement, etc. that come to install on the machine without your consent like Candy Crush Soda. Learn how to disable this feature.

Windows 10 Pro/Business/Education

If you own the Pro or Education version of Windows 10, then it will be much easier for you to disable this option.

To do so, go to the start menu, enter gpedit and do Entry.

The local group strategy editor appears.

Capture d'écran - Options de Contenu Cloud, Editeur de stratégie de groupe locale, Windows 10
Screenshot — Cloud Content Options, Local Group Policy Editor, Windows 10

Via the left tree, unfold successively Computer Configuration, Administration Templates, Windows Components, Cloud Content.

In the right side, double click on Disable Microsoft consumer experiences, check it out Activated then do OK.

Capture d'écran - Désactivation des expériences consommateur de Microsoft, Editeur de stratégie de groupe locale, Windows 10
Screenshot — Disabling Microsoft Consumer Experiences, Local Group Policy Publisher, Windows 10

Windows 10 Family

If you own Windows 10 Family Edition, you are less well set. You cannot disable this invasive feature. You will need to uninstall applications one by one.

For this, from the start menu, enter Add or delete programs and do Entry.

Then uninstall the apps you no longer want by clicking on it then Uninstall.

Windows 10 was provided free of charge for several months to users of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. The counterpart is to see a whole bunch of ads more or less hidden in the OS through the start menu, some options of the Control Panel (e.g. Dolby Digital Atmos for sound) etc. In marketing, when a product is free, it is you the product!


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  • Sébastien

    Good morning,
    You are sure that the setting must be “Disabled”.
    Because when you read the description:
    — If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, Microsoft will use diagnostic data to provide personalised recommendations, tips and offers to adapt Windows to the user’s needs and provide a better experience. —
    I'd rather say Activated. What do you think?
    Thank you in advance,

  • Arthur

    Hello, I just bought a new computer with Windows 10 Pro and my Start menu is flooded with links to download apps in the tab in alphabetical order (Apps are not installed, I checked). Although I uninstall them, they‘re back on the next start and I’m tired of it. Isn't there a solution?

      • Hervé-P

        Good morning.
        — Or... “roll your sleeves”, “put your hands in the cambouis” and disable all the hidden spies in Windows 10! There are very detailed tutorials on the Net for this: just search, typing “Windows 10 spies” in a search engine!
        — Abandon Windows Edge and look for an alternative browser instead: Waterfox is ideal for this because Firefox also collects personal data! Also use “chromium”, the open-source base of Chrome because Chrome is “purri” of Google spies!
        Good luck! Thank you very much.