Candy Crush and Minecraft removal guide for Windows 10

Last Updated on September 9, 2016

A few weeks ago, I wrote a simple guide to remove and disable the automatic install of Candy crush for Windows 10. It works for other apps like Minecraft, Flipboard, and the official Twitter app. But of course, these apps are not everyone’s cup of tea. I understand that they are some of the most popular apps in all of the major platform, but there are many people who simply don’t use them. This is where this article comes from because in the latest anniversary update build 1067, this registry trick doesn’t work anymore.

Windows 10

Disable automatic installation of Candy crush and Minecraft

Fortunately, there is another way to disable this annoying behavior of Windows 10. You will have to use the Local security policy editor and create a new Packaged app rule.

  • Press Win + R to open Run box and type secpol.msc. Press enter. This will open the Local Security Policy Editor.
  • In the left gutter, go to Security Settings > Application Control Policies > App Locker > Packaged App Rules.

packaged app rules local security policy

  • While the Packaged App Rules is highlighted, right-click on the right side view and select Create New Rule… This will open the Create Packaged app Rules wizard.
  • In the first page, just click on Next and ignore the stuff written there. This will take you to the Permissions page which we are after.
  • In the Permissions page, select the Deny radio button below the Action heading. Don’t touch the Group or everyone selection. You will now arrive at the Publisher page.
  • On this page, click on the Select button beside the Use and installed package app as a reference.
  • A Select application selection box will open up. Here, on the top right search box, type spotlight. Check the box on the side of the Application name. It will look something like the image below.

local group policy select apps

  • Click OK. Now move the highlighted slider from Packaged version to Package name as shown in the image.

local policy editor package name

  • Click on Create. Close everything and restart your PC to apply the changes.

One thing that I didn’ tmention above is that the apps installed already on your PC won’t go away by doing the above. For that, you’ll need to manually install them one by one from the Store. The changes you made above will make sure that the apps won’t come back though.

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Written by Utkarsh

Utkarsh Bhatt is a certified tech expert and software engineer for a Fortune 500 Company. He was born in 1995, making him one of the oldest members of the team at EFX. Utkarsh loves solving technical issues and is always the first to jump on any problem that needs solving. When he’s not coding or debugging, he enjoys playing video games (especially Super Smash Bros.) and watching cartoons.

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