One of the most frustrating issues that can occur on Windows 10 is the automatic downloading of third party applications and games to the Start Menu. An example of such applications would be Candy Crush, Asphalt and Photoshop to name but a few.

It is easy enough manually remove each application but this can be time consuming and also it does not prevent them from downloading again in the future (which has happened). So in this tutorial I will show you how to prevent these applications from downloading using Local Group Policy.

Before we begin this has been tested on Windows 10 Enterprise only and successfully works in our organization.

Group Policy Editor

Lets start by opening the Local Group Policy Editor by entering gpedit.msc into the Search Bar and hitting Enter.

Cloud Content Policies

With the Group Policy Editor open navigate to Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Cloud Content

Microsoft Consumer Experiences

On the right hand pane you want to double click Turn off Microsoft Consumer Experiences.

Turn off Microsoft Consumer Experiences Policy Options

Select Enabled then press Apply and OK. You will then need to restart the device for changes to take effect. It helps to set this policy locally or server side before the device gets connected to the open web.

Ideally you want to prevent applications from downloading when first connected to the web so you do not have to go to the trouble of manually removing the applications or having to run a script to bulk remove them.