Hide Windows apps on Start Menu

js2010 171 Reputation points

How can I hide menu items for Windows apps on the Start Menu? For the old .lnk files, I could just do:

attrib +h "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Adobe Reader DC.lnk"

Can I do a similar thing for a Windows app listed in the Start Menu? Like I would like to remove "Your Phone", Mobile Plan", "MaxxAudioPro", and maybe some other games. This would apply to new users logging into lab machines.

Also, once I remove them, how would I later add them back?

Windows 10 Setup
Windows 10 Setup
Windows 10: A Microsoft operating system that runs on personal computers and tablets.Setup: The procedures involved in preparing a software program or application to operate within a computer or mobile device.
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  1. Dave Patrick 342.4K Reputation points MVP

    Something here may help.


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  2. Jenny Feng 701 Reputation points


    You could add or remove all apps list in start menu in local group policy editor:

    -Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor

    -In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, click on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Start Menu and Taskbar.

    -In the right pane of Start Menu and Taskbar, double click on the Remove All Programs list from the Start menu policy to edit it.

    You could select either Not Configured ,Disabled or Enabled.

    When finished, you can close Local Group Policy Editor if you like.
    Restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

    Hope above information can help you.