System hacks: Banish the games that automatically appear in the Start menu

Windows 10 sometimes pushes some games to the Start menu in the form of links, which will be installed as soon as the user clicks on them. But if we don’t like playing games or don’t need them, how can we “invite” them away or disable them from being added at will?

1. Delete or uninstall the game links directly

Right-click on a game link added to the Start menu and select the “Delete” or “Uninstall” command to remove the game link or game “Invite” the game link or game out of the system (Figure 1). Note that in order to avoid installing the game, never left-click on the game name link directly. Of course, if you accidentally click on a game and install it, you will have to remove it with the “Uninstall” command. 2.


2. Edit Group Policy to restrict adding games

The above method is the solution to the problem. Because after uninstalling the game, Windows may push the game link to the Start menu again at some point. To do this, we can disable Windows from automatically pushing games by editing Group Policy. This method works with Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise editions.

First, right-click the Start button and open the Run dialog box, then execute the GPEDIT.MSC command to open the Local Group Policy Editor. Next, locate the “Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → Windows Components → Cloud Content” branch item in order. Click the “Cloud Content” branch item, and in the right pane, select “Turn off Microsoft User Experience”, double-click the item, and set it to “Enabled” (Figure 2). Close the Group Policy Editor.


This way, Windows 10 will no longer recommend games to users. 3.

3. Modify the registry to restrict adding games

If you are using the Home Edition of Windows 10, we can use the method of modifying the registry to achieve the above purpose since this edition cannot directly invoke the Group Policy Editor. This method is also common for Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise editions.

First start the Registry Editor, then locate “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows” and look for “CloudContent” branch under this branch. CloudContent” branch (if you cannot find it, right-click on the blank space to create a new branch item) (Figure 3).


Then, create a new DWORD (32-bit) value under this branch and name it “DisableWindowsConsumerFeatures”. Finally, double-click the DWORD (32-bit) value and set its numeric data to 1 (Figure 4).


Close the Registry Editor, log on to Windows again to make the settings take effect.

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