How to Disable Windows 11 Promotional Apps for ALL Users


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Hi,

In Windows 10, we were able to disable promotional apps like Spotify, Facebook, Instagram etc. by modifying Registry
{\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager} and disabling the values.
Same was tested for Windows 11, but seems like it didn't worked so far as per my testing.
Any thoughts?
 

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Hi,

In Windows 10, we were able to disable promotional apps like Spotify, Facebook, Instagram etc. by modifying Registry
{\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager} and disabling the values.
Same was tested for Windows 11, but seems like it didn't worked so far as per my testing.
Any thoughts?
A lot of things that could be changed via regedit in earlier versions have been stopped by MS in later builds, they don't like us tinkering
 

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Any thoughts?
It works for me, nothing has installed without my consent.
Code:
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "ContentDeliveryAllowed" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "FeatureManagementEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "OemPreInstalledAppsEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "PreInstalledAppsEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "PreInstalledAppsEverEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SilentInstalledAppsEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SoftLandingEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContentEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContent-310093Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContent-338388Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContent-338389Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContent-338393Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContent-353694Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContent-353696Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContentEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SystemPaneSuggestionsEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\PushToInstall" /v "DisablePushToInstall" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MRT" /v "DontOfferThroughWUAU" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager\Subscriptions" /f
reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager\SuggestedApps" /f
 

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Thanks for reply and sharing your thoughts.
Approximately same thing I did (but with Default user profile) with some exception of key which wasn't included in my case.
Will check in out more next week (maybe we have the final release builds).
 

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Thanks for reply and sharing your thoughts.
Approximately same thing I did (but with Default user profile) with some exception of key which wasn't included in my case.
Will check in out more next week (maybe we have the final release builds).
It works for me, nothing has installed without my consent.
Code:
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "ContentDeliveryAllowed" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "FeatureManagementEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "OemPreInstalledAppsEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "PreInstalledAppsEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "PreInstalledAppsEverEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SilentInstalledAppsEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SoftLandingEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContentEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContent-310093Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContent-338388Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContent-338389Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContent-338393Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContent-353694Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContent-353696Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContentEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SystemPaneSuggestionsEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\PushToInstall" /v "DisablePushToInstall" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MRT" /v "DontOfferThroughWUAU" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager\Subscriptions" /f
reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager\SuggestedApps" /f
Hi,

Now I have checked, the result is same, the applications icons are still available (like Facebook, Spotify etc.) and if you click on it, it will start downloading. What I was asking is to disable all these applications shortcuts to appear on the start screen.
 

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Hi,

Now I have checked, the result is same, the applications icons are still available (like Facebook, Spotify etc.) and if you click on it, it will start downloading. What I was asking is to disable all these applications shortcuts to appear on the start screen.

Use the codes that TairikuOkami mentioned in this thread

Open your start menu and make a cleaning and remove that annoying shortcuts from the start menu.

After cleaning Start Menu, make a backup of your StartlLayout.
There is a tutorial on TenForums made by Shawn.

Now save your backup, you can use this layout after clean installs.
 

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    I'm ashamed to talk about it...
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    There is no such a God, I only know mother-Earth
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    3GB :(
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    on-board
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    on-board
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    (s) is too ambitious for me
    Screen Resolution
    1920*1080
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    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 250GB (SSD)
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    I was very young when I last saw a PSU
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    I can simply say that I took the red pill and I am not happy with it.
Use the codes that TairikuOkami mentioned in this thread

Open your start menu and make a cleaning and remove that annoying shortcuts from the start menu.

After cleaning Start Menu, make a backup of your StartlLayout.
There is a tutorial on TenForums made by Shawn.

Now save your backup, you can use this layout after clean installs.
Hi,

.XML file is NOT supported in Windows 11 :(
 

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Reg export is enough.
 

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    Hometech ALFA400C
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    I'm ashamed to talk about it...
    Motherboard
    There is no such a God, I only know mother-Earth
    Memory
    3GB :(
    Graphics Card(s)
    on-board
    Sound Card
    on-board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    (s) is too ambitious for me
    Screen Resolution
    1920*1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 250GB (SSD)
    Samsung MBG4GC 32GB (SSD)
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    I was very young when I last saw a PSU
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    My coldness is enough to cool the computer
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    A broken and very clean keyboard
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    I can simply say that I took the red pill and I am not happy with it.
Reg export is enough.
1634029210923.png
I have LayoutModification.json in this location.
Have placed the Reg Export in this location as well but no result :(
Note: ContentDeliveryManager values has been checked and everything looks good here as well.
 

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I cleaned my Start Menu completely, I pinned my own apps.
I made a back up from that registry entries.

Then I unpinned some of my app from the start menu for just trying if reg file works or not.
It works without any problem.
We can get the real result after make a clean install on clean file system and registry.
 

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    Hometech ALFA400C
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    I'm ashamed to talk about it...
    Motherboard
    There is no such a God, I only know mother-Earth
    Memory
    3GB :(
    Graphics Card(s)
    on-board
    Sound Card
    on-board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    (s) is too ambitious for me
    Screen Resolution
    1920*1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 250GB (SSD)
    Samsung MBG4GC 32GB (SSD)
    PSU
    I was very young when I last saw a PSU
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    ...
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    My coldness is enough to cool the computer
    Keyboard
    A broken and very clean keyboard
    Mouse
    Rat King
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    Slowest internet connection in Europe
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    ChromePortable / TorBrowser
    Antivirus
    Biontech
    Other Info
    I can simply say that I took the red pill and I am not happy with it.
I cleaned my Start Menu completely, I pinned my own apps.
I made a back up from that registry entries.

Then I unpinned some of my app from the start menu for just trying if reg file works or not.
It works without any problem.
We can get the real result after make a clean install on clean file system and registry.
Let me check it (again) on a "Clean" install (without LayoutModification.json) file.
Are you using LayoutModification.json by the way?

  1. I made a back up from that registry entries. (means you just exported? or modified it)?
 

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Let me check it (again) on a "Clean" install (without LayoutModification.json) file.
Are you using LayoutModification.json by the way?

  1. I made a back up from that registry entries. (means you just exported? or modified it)?
I didn't use C:\Layouts\LayoutModification.json. It is very useful but i am trying to be far away from powershell.

First I modified it, then I exported the registry key.
Just wait i will give you some screenshots.
 

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    Manufacturer/Model
    Hometech ALFA400C
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    I'm ashamed to talk about it...
    Motherboard
    There is no such a God, I only know mother-Earth
    Memory
    3GB :(
    Graphics Card(s)
    on-board
    Sound Card
    on-board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    (s) is too ambitious for me
    Screen Resolution
    1920*1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 250GB (SSD)
    Samsung MBG4GC 32GB (SSD)
    PSU
    I was very young when I last saw a PSU
    Case
    ...
    Cooling
    My coldness is enough to cool the computer
    Keyboard
    A broken and very clean keyboard
    Mouse
    Rat King
    Internet Speed
    Slowest internet connection in Europe
    Browser
    ChromePortable / TorBrowser
    Antivirus
    Biontech
    Other Info
    I can simply say that I took the red pill and I am not happy with it.
I didn't use C:\Layouts\LayoutModification.json. It is very useful but i am trying to be far away from powershell.

First I modified it, then I exported the registry key.
Just wait i will give you some screenshots.
What you modified, registry?
Yes, please if you can share more details it will be perfect.
 

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Did you also replaced "DefaultLayouts.xml" in %LocalAppData%\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Shell
?

Then restarting your pc?

I only modified StartMenu, but only .reg backup is not work now. I am stuck here too.

Edit:

It is clear now. LayoutModification.json replace in %localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Shell but it is only work for new users, so you need to replace it in default user profile

You can do it on an offline image or you can do it when you are making a clean install, when UserName page comes out, press shift+f10 and open command prompt and replace your file.
Or mount an image, do the same for offline image.

xml file can be use to pinning web link but it also needs .json file too.

So the backup and restore tweak doesnt work on windows 11. I was wrong, sorry.
 
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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 21H2 Home Single Language
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Hometech ALFA400C
    CPU
    I'm ashamed to talk about it...
    Motherboard
    There is no such a God, I only know mother-Earth
    Memory
    3GB :(
    Graphics Card(s)
    on-board
    Sound Card
    on-board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    (s) is too ambitious for me
    Screen Resolution
    1920*1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 250GB (SSD)
    Samsung MBG4GC 32GB (SSD)
    PSU
    I was very young when I last saw a PSU
    Case
    ...
    Cooling
    My coldness is enough to cool the computer
    Keyboard
    A broken and very clean keyboard
    Mouse
    Rat King
    Internet Speed
    Slowest internet connection in Europe
    Browser
    ChromePortable / TorBrowser
    Antivirus
    Biontech
    Other Info
    I can simply say that I took the red pill and I am not happy with it.
Did you also replaced "DefaultLayouts.xml" in %LocalAppData%\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Shell
?

Then restarting your pc?

I only modified StartMenu, but only .reg backup is not work now. I am stuck here too.
I deleted the .xml file and had only the .json file.

If I understood correctly, the .xml file in Windows 11 is required only if you are pinning the web sites URLs;
1634040958240.png
 

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Did you also replaced "DefaultLayouts.xml" in %LocalAppData%\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Shell
?

Then restarting your pc?

I only modified StartMenu, but only .reg backup is not work now. I am stuck here too.

Edit:

It is clear now. LayoutModification.json replace in %localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Shell but it is only work for new users, so you need to replace it in default user profile

You can do it on an offline image or you can do it when you are making a clean install, when UserName page comes out, press shift+f10 and open command prompt and replace your file.
Or mount an image, do the same for offline image.

xml file can be use to pinning web link but it also needs .json file too.

So the backup and restore tweak doesnt work on windows 11. I was wrong, sorry.
So far, as I know, it is kind of not possible to override the default layout and have your own. Thanks for confirmation that Reg Export is not working for you as well.
 

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Old tweak doesn't work. :(

I saw your other thread about layout, you replaced json file but did you use Import Command from powershell as well?
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 21H2 Home Single Language
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Hometech ALFA400C
    CPU
    I'm ashamed to talk about it...
    Motherboard
    There is no such a God, I only know mother-Earth
    Memory
    3GB :(
    Graphics Card(s)
    on-board
    Sound Card
    on-board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    (s) is too ambitious for me
    Screen Resolution
    1920*1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 250GB (SSD)
    Samsung MBG4GC 32GB (SSD)
    PSU
    I was very young when I last saw a PSU
    Case
    ...
    Cooling
    My coldness is enough to cool the computer
    Keyboard
    A broken and very clean keyboard
    Mouse
    Rat King
    Internet Speed
    Slowest internet connection in Europe
    Browser
    ChromePortable / TorBrowser
    Antivirus
    Biontech
    Other Info
    I can simply say that I took the red pill and I am not happy with it.
Old tweak doesn't work. :(

I saw your other thread about layout, you replaced json file but did you use Import Command from powershell as well?
PS command should be used to export the layout in json format, however, this should be used to modify start layout via MDM solution like Intune.
However, here is the sample json file that you can edit according to your choice and use

Code:
{ "primaryOEMPins": [
    { "packagedAppId": "OEM.App1_1abcde2f3ghjk!App"},
    { "desktopAppLink": "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\\Microsoft\\Windows\\Start Menu\\Programs\\MyWin32App.lnk"},
    { "packagedAppId": "Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge.Stable_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App",
      "tileId": "MSEdge.paomdnjincdkenhiicpl.UserData.Default"}
  ],
  "secondaryOEMPins": [
    { "packagedAppId": "Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge.Stable_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App",
      "tileId": "MSEdge.anfoedbkjbcacemdbigf.UserData.Default" },
    { "desktopAppId": "Contoso.Desktop.Example.AUMID"}
  ],
  "firstRunOEMPins": [
    { "desktopAppLink": "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\\Microsoft\\Windows\\Start Menu\\Programs\\PutMeInRecommended.lnk",
      "caption": {
        "en-US": "(localized caption text for US English)",
        "de": "(localized caption text for German)",
        "default": "(fallback caption text for other languages)" }
    }
  ]
}
Source: Customize the Windows 11 Start menu
 

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