Tips to prevent users from uninstalling apps from the Start menu on Windows 10

Windows 10 is the best-optimized desktop operating system Microsoft has ever released. Microsoft’s Windows 10 comes with tons of new features and improvements, while combining the best aspects of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

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If you are now running Windows 10, you may have noticed that Windows 10 allows you to uninstall an app right from the Start menu without even needing to open Settings on your device. All you need to do is to perform a right-click on an app from Windows 10’s Start Menu and the app is gone. However, this may come with some annoyances, as your friends and someone else accidentally uninstall an app. Luckily, Windows 10 allows you to prevent this from happening.

In this step-by-step guide, we will show you how you can prevent users from uninstalling apps from Windows 10’s Start menu. Before we begin, make sure that you are running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise or Education

Steps to prevent users from uninstalling apps from the Start menu on Windows 10

Step one: First off, you need to use Windows key + R to launch the Run command on your device. Once you are done, all you need to do now is to type gpedit.msc and hit Ok to launch the Local Group Policy Editor

Step two: Once the Local Group Policy Editor shows up on the screen, you are supposed to browse the following path: User Configuration > Administrative Template > Start Menu and Taskbar

Step three: You will see a list of all the commands in Windows 10. All you need to do now is to double-click the Prevent users from uninstalling applications from Start policy to the right hand side of the Local Group Policy Editor

Step four: On the next window, select the Enabled option in the middle and click Apply

Step five: Hit Ok to complete the task

Once you are done, from now on, you will not be able to uninstall apps with a simple right-click from the Start menu. Instead, you need to head to Settings to perform the task

Steps to prevent users from uninstalling apps from the Start menu on Windows 10 Home

As mentioned earlier, the above guide works only for users who are using Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education. However, If you are running Windows 10 Home, you can use do the same thing by editing Registry. Here is how you can do that.

Note that editing Registry may put you at risk, so we highly recommend you back up your device before moving ahead

Step one: Once you have created a full backup of your computer, use Windows key + R to open the Run command

Step two: Next up, type regedit and click Ok to open the Registry. After that, browse the following command HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

Step three: Once you are done, you need to right-click the Windows folder, select New and click on Key to proceed

Step four: You are now supposed to enter a name for key Explorer and hit Enter button

Step five: Inside your newly created key perform a right-click and select Key. After that, select DWORD (32-bit) Value from the drop-down menu

Step six: Enter the key NoUninstallFromStart and hit Enter. Once you are done, double-click the newly created DWORD and change the value to 1 and click OK to complete the task.

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