Goodbye, Bloatware! Here’s How You Can Block Automatic Installation Of Suggested Apps On Windows 10

There are millions of people around the world who use Windows 10 OS. The latest version of Windows offers many interesting features that were missing in the previous versions. However, there have been a lot of complaints regarding bloatware in Windows 10.

We can not deny the fact that people are always looking for ways to remove bloatware from their system. For those who are unaware of the term, all our systems come pre-installed with some unnecessary software and apps. All those games and programs that are not actually required are basically called bloatware.

It is a frustrating problem for PC users because bloatware often leads to performance issues on Windows 10. Some people prefer to declutter their systems by removing all the useless apps from the Control Panel. However, there is a possibility that you may end up deleting an important application from your system.

Based on user feedback, Microsoft decided to address this issue at its end. The company released Windows 10 bloatware removal tool to deal with bloatware. Notably, there is a major problem with this method — as it doesn’t completely block those apps.

You may see them as suggestions in future that appear automatically on your device quiet often. It clearly means that Microsoft has failed to offer a viable solution to the problem.

Here’s How You Can Get Rid Of Bloatware On Windows 10

Note: Changing Registry values may leave your system in an unstable state. Therefore, it is highly recommended that this process should be performed by experienced users.

Fortunately, there is a permanent solution to address this frustrating issue for those who are tired of removing bloatware from their systems. Some people managed to get rid of the automatic installation of those apps by tweaking a registry item. Follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Press Windows + R keys to open the run dialog box. Type regedit.exe and hit the Enter button.
  2. At this point, you are required to confirm the UAC prompt that appears on your screen.
  3. Navigate to the following path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager
  4. To turn off the suggested apps feature, double click the Dword SilentInstalledAppsEnabled and change its default value to 0.
  5. However, if there is no such Dword value, you need to create it manually.
  6. Right-click on the ContentDeliveryManager and click New and create a new Dword value named SilentInstalledAppsEnabled. Set its value to 0.
  7. Finally, close the Registry Editor and reboot your system to apply the changes.

Once you have completed the aforementioned steps, your system can no longer install suggested apps in future. We hope that Microsoft takes notice of this issue and releases a permanent fix in the future versions of Windows 10.

Alex Schoff
Alex is a technology reporter with a particular interest in Microsoft and Windows. He keeps a close eye on major developments related to Windows 10, Google Chrome, Office 365, and more.