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Stop Users Uninstalling Apps From The Start Menu

The new and Improved Windows 10 Start Menu, combines the look and feel of the classic menu In Windows 7, as well as a few bits and pieces of the Start Screen In Windows 8.1. Along with this, Is the convenience of uninstalling apps via a simple right-click of the mouse. Whilst this Is beneficial to the owner of the PC, other users sharing the computer can also do the same. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to stop uninstalling apps from the Start Menu.

Whether they're built-In Windows 10 apps or those that you've downloaded and Installed off the net such as your favorite web browser, having them accessible via the Start Menu, certainly makes your computing experience a pleasant one. The last thing you need, Is to arrive home, only to find that your housemate has uninstalled quite a few apps- Intentional or otherwise.

To prevent this, I will be demonstrating how to stop apps from being uninstalled from the Start Menu, by using the good old Group Policy Editor. Do note that the GPE Is only available In Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education editions. If you're running either of these, then this tutorial Is for you. So without further delay, let's get this started.

Step One:
The first thing we need to do, Is access the Group Policy Editor. Open the Run menu, enter gpedit.msc and hit OK.

Step Two:
The Group Policy Editor will now open, so navigate to the following directory.
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

Then, on the right pane, double-click on Prevent users from uninstalling applications from Start as shown below.

Step Three:
To the left of the window, click the Enabled radio button, and then hit OK for the change to take effect.

Step Four:
If a user now tries to right-click an app on the Start Menu with the Intention to uninstall It, the uninstall option will not be available. This also applies to the Apps & features option In Windows Settings. Let's put It to the test. Here's my apps Uninstall feature, prior to applying the above change.

Step Five:
And here's the result after applying the change. The Mozilla Firefox Uninstall button Is grayed out, hence cannot be uninstalled.

Last Step:
The exact same, applies to the Java 8 Update Uninstall button. No chance to uninstall It.

Final Thoughts:
Although this does not prevent other means of uninstalling apps, such as using third-party uninstall tools, It certainly serves It's purpose well when attempting to do It natively within the Windows environment. What makes this so effective, Is that the setting In the Group Policy Editor, Is not well-known to the average user. Even some advanced users, are also not aware of It.

To reverse the change and have the Start Menu functioning as per It's original state, refer to Step Three above, select the Not Configured radio button and hit OK.


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