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How to Remove the “Uninstall” Option from the Windows 10 Start Menu

Windows 10 added an option to uninstall apps with a right-click in the Start menu. If you ever find yourself selecting that option accidentally–or if you share your computer and want to prevent others from uninstalling apps by mistake–here’s how to turn that feature off.

The Windows 10 Start menu changed a lot from previous versions, and there are all kinds of new tricks for customizing it. You’ve probably noticed that Windows now lets you right-click an app on the Start menu and select “Uninstall” to remove it from your system. When you uninstall a built-in or other Universal app this way, it uninstalls immediately. When you uninstall a desktop app this way, it gives you a little bit of a buffer by sending you to straight to the Control Panel app where you can uninstall it the old-fashioned way. If you’d rather just not have that “Uninstall” option available from the Start menu at all, you can get rid of it with Registry Editor.

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