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Block Users from Uninstalling Apps from Windows 10 Start Menu

The other day we looked at new settings that will allow you to block users from installing Win32 desktop apps in Windows 10 Creators Update. Now we’ll show you how to block them from uninstalling apps via the Start menu.

The Windows 10 Start menu includes the best elements of the classic menu in Windows 7 as well as modern features that were featured in Windows 8.1. Among other improvements is the ability to easily uninstall apps without having to dig into Settings or the classic Control Panel.

You can uninstall apps in Windows 10 simply by hitting the Windows key, right-clicking said app, and select Uninstall.

Win10 Start

Prevent Uninstalling Apps in Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education

If you are running a premium version of Windows 10 (Pro, Enterprise, or Education) you can use Group Policy. If you are running the Home version of Windows 10, scroll down to the next section where we show how to do the same thing by hacking the Registry.

Use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog and type: gpedit.msc and hit Enter or click OK.

gpedit

Next, navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Template > Start Menu and Taskbar. Then scroll down and double-click on Prevent users from uninstalling applications from Start from the setting list on the right.

Group Policy

Now select Enabled and then click OK.

Close out of Group Policy Editor and hit the Windows Key. When you right-click on an app in the Start menu you’ll notice that there isn’t an option listed to uninstall an app anymore.

No Uninstall Option

Also, if a user goes to Settings > Apps & features the option to uninstall will be grayed out.

Block Uninstalling Apps in Windows 10 Home Edition

Since Group Policy Editor isn’t available in the Home edition of Windows 10, you will need to modify the Registry to get the same results.

Note: Making changes in the Registry is not for the faint of heart. If you do the wrong thing it can really do a number on your system. So, before proceeding and making any changes, make sure you set a Restore Point, backup your drive, backup the Registry…or better yet do all three.

Hit the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog and type: regedit and click OK or hit Enter.

regedit

Navigate to the following path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

Right-click the Windows key (folder) and select New > Key and name it Explorer.

Then within that new Explorer key, create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it NoUninstallFromStart and give it a value to 1 and click OK.

DWORD (32-bit)

Close out of the Registry and then log off. When you sign back in again, hit the Windows key, right-click an app and you’ll no longer see an option to uninstall it.

If you’re using a shared computer or one with a guest account, this disables the ability to uninstall apps from the Start menu, which is an easy and obvious way to do it.

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