How to Prevent Users from Uninstalling Apps from the Start Menu

You’ll learn how to prevent users from uninstalling apps from the Start menu in this post.

Remember that users cannot uninstall the apps they get from the Microsoft Store using the Settings app if you follow this post. 

Let’s look at the different ways to accomplish this task. Choose the one you prefer.

Method #1

Launch local group policy editor.

Navigate to the User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar.

Then double-click “Prevent users from uninstalling applications from Start” in the right pane.

Select Enabled.

Hit the OK button.

That’s all.

Note: To allow it, follow the above steps but select Not Configured or Disabled.

Method #2

Launch Windows 10 Registry Editor. I suggest a Registry backup before continuing.

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Policies > Microsoft > Windows > Explorer.

You’ll need to create an Explorer key if you don’t see it. Here’s how you do it: Right-click the Windows and select New > Key. Then, provide Explorer and hit Enter.

Right-click on the blank space in the right pane.

Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Enter NoUninstallFromStart as a name and then press the Enter key.

Double-click it and enter 1 (to prevent) or 0 (to allow) in the Value data field.

Hit the OK button.

Restart your PC.

That’s it.

Note: You can also allow it by removing the DWORD you created earlier.


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