Turn off Microsoft Consumer Experiences feature in Windows 10

Microsoft installs or recommends the installation of certain Windows Store app like Candy Crush Soda Saga, Flipboard, and Twitter, Photoshop Express, Minecraft, etc, on a new Windows 10 system. To do this, it makes use of the Microsoft Consumer Experiences feature. While you could easily remove these apps now, Microsoft may in future decide to push or recommend other apps.

If you do not want this happening, you will have to disable or turn off Microsoft Consumer Experiences in Windows 10.

Turn off Microsoft Consumer Experiences

To turn off Microsoft Consumer Experience, you can make use of  the Group Policy Editor or the Registry Editor.

Using Group Policy Editor

Turn off Microsoft Consumer Experience

From the WinX Menu, open the Run box, type gpedit.msc and hit Enter to open the Group Policy Editor.

Next, navigate to the following setting:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Cloud Content

Now, double-click on Turn off Microsoft consumer experience setting to open its Properties box.

Select Enabled and  click Apply.

This policy setting turns off experiences that help consumers make the most of their devices and Microsoft account. If you enable this policy setting, users will no longer see personalized recommendations from Microsoft and notifications about their Microsoft account. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, users may see suggestions from Microsoft and notifications about their Microsoft account.

When you do this, you will have turned the setting off.

Using Registry Editor

If your version of Windows 10 does not ship with the Group Policy Editor, you can Run regedit to open the Registry Editor, and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CloudContent

Double-click on DisableWindowsConsumerFeatures in the right pane and change the value of this DWORD to 1.

If this DWORD does not exist, you will have to create it.

This will disable Microsoft Consumer Experience on your Windows 10 computer.

You can also turn it off by configuring MDM (e.g. Intune) via the Experience/AllowWindowsConsumerFeatures policy.  This article on MSDN talks about it.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.