How to clear app notifications in Windows 8 on shutdown

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 24, 2013
Updated • Nov 24, 2013
Windows, Windows 8

One of the new features of the Windows 8 operating system is the new start screen interface. It displays default apps that shipped with the operating system and applications that you have installed on it.

Apps are displayed as tiles on the start screen that can have a variety of sizes. Some applications in addition to that display live information on the start screen.

A news app may display constant news updates, a sports update the latest standings, or the photo app the most recent pictures that you have uploaded from your camera.

While that may be useful to some, it may add lots of noise to the start screen interface, especially if more than a handful of apps use the live tiles feature to display updates on the start screen.

You can turn off live updates for individual applications on Windows 8, or turn off the feature completely instead.

If you like it, you may instead be inclined to modify the feature's caching mechanism instead. What is meant by that is that you can delete the cached notifications on shutdown or logout.

Clearing the app notification cache on shutdown

turn live tile notifications off

You need to use the Group Policy Editor, or if the tool is not available for your edition of Windows, the Registry to modify the preference on the system.

Group Policy Editor

clear tile history notifications

To launch the editor and modify the preference, do the following:

  1. Press the Windows-key if you are not on the start screen to display it on your system. Skip this step if you are already there.
  2. Type gpcedit.msc and select the result with the same name.
  3. This should load the Group Policy Editor on the desktop. If not, skip to the Registry part of this tutorial.
  4. Follow the path to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar.
  5. Locate the "Clear history of tile notifications on exit" and double-click it.
  6. Switch the preference from "not configured" to enabled.
  7. To disable the feature at a later point in time, set it to not configured or disabled again.


If you do not have access to the Group Policy Editor or prefer to use the Windows Registry instead, you can do so in the following way:

  1. Press the Windows-key to go to the start screen interface. If you are already there, skip this step.
  2. Type regedit.exe and select the results from the list of matches.
  3. This should open the Windows Registry editor on the desktop part of the operating systme.
  4. Use the left folder structure to navigate to the following path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
  5. Check if the key ClearTilesOnExit is there.
  6. If it is not, you need to create it.
  7. Right-click on Explorer and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value from the context menu.
  8. Name it ClearTilesOnExit.
  9. Double-click the new key afterwards and change its value to 1.
  10. To disable the feature again, change it back to 0.

Closing Words

Windows will delete the notification cache whenever you exit the operation system from this point on forward. This means that the start screen will display "blank" icons for a second or two on start before the live tiles get updated.


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  1. Dan Donx said on January 15, 2023 at 10:29 am

    What mental age of reader are you targeting with the first sentence? 10?

    Why not write an article on how to *avoid* upgrading from W10 to W11. Analogous to those like me who avoided upgrading from 7 to 10 for as long as possible.

    If your paymaster Microsoft permits it, of course.

  2. Dexter said on January 15, 2023 at 11:14 am

    5. Rufus
    6. Ventoy

    PS. I hate reading these “SEO optimized” articles.

    1. cdr said on January 15, 2023 at 3:32 pm

      I used Rufus to create an installer for a 6th gen intel i5 that had MBR. It upgraded using Setup. No issues except for Win 11 always prompting me to replace my local account. Still using Win 10 Pro on all my other PCs to avoid the bullying.

  3. sv said on January 15, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    bit pointless to upgrade for the sake of upgrading as you never know when you’ll get locked out because ms might suddenly not provide updates to unsupported systems.

    ps…. time travelling?
    written. Jan 15, 2023
    Updated • Jan 13, 2023

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 16, 2023 at 5:49 am

      This happens when you schedule a post in WordPress and update it before setting the publication date.

  4. Anonymous said on January 16, 2023 at 8:24 am

    Anyone willing to downgrade to this awful OS must like inflicting themselves with harm.

  5. basingstoke said on January 16, 2023 at 11:18 am

    I have become convinced now that anybody who has no qualms with using Windows 11/10 must fit into one of the following brackets:

    1) Too young to remember a time before W10 and W11 (doesn’t know better)

    2) Wants to play the latest games on their PC above anything else (or deeply needs some software which already dropped W7 support)

    3) Doesn’t know too much about how computers work, worried that they’d be absolutely lost and in trouble without the “”latest security””

    4) Microsoft apologist that tries to justify that the latest “features” and “changes” are actually a good thing, that improve Windows

    5) Uses their computer to do a bare minimum of like 3 different things, browse web, check emails, etc, so really doesn’t fuss

    Obviously that doesn’t cover everyone, there’s also the category that:

    6) Actually liked W7 more than 10, and held out as long as possible before switching, begrudgingly uses 10 now

    Have I missed any group off this list?

    1. Heinz Strunk said on September 19, 2023 at 3:57 pm

      You have missed in this group just about any professional user that uses business software like CAD programs or ERP Programs which are 99% of all professional users from this list.

      Linux doesn’t help anyone who is not a linux kid and apple is just a fancy facebook machine.

  6. ilev said on August 24, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    Microsoft has removed KB5029351 update

    1. EP said on August 24, 2023 at 9:21 pm

      only from windows update though
      KB5029351 is still available from the ms update catalog site

  7. Anonymous said on August 24, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    1. This update is labaled as PREVIEW if it causes issues to unintelligent people, then they shouldn’t have allowed Preview updates ot install.

    2. I have installed it in a 11 years old computer, and no problems at all.

    3. Making a big drama over a bluescreen for an updated labeled as preview is ridiculous.

    This is probably another BS internet drama where people ran programs and scripts that modified the registry until they broke Windows, just for removing stuff that they weren’t even using just for the sake of it.
    Maybe people should stop playing geeks and actually either use Windows 10 or Windows 11, but don’t try to modify things just for the sake of it.

    Sometimes removing or stopping things (like defender is a perfect example) only need intelligence, not scripts or 3rd party programs that might mess with windows.

  8. john said on August 24, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    Windows 11 was a pointless release, it was just created because some of the Windows team wanted to boost sales with some sort of new and improved Windows 10. Instead, Microsoft cannot support one version well let alone two.

    1. John G. said on August 25, 2023 at 12:08 pm

      Windows 11 is the worst ugly shame by Microsoft ever. They should release with every new W11 version a complete free version of Starallback inside just to make this sh** OS functionally again.

  9. EP said on August 25, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released a statement regarding the “unsupported processor” blue screen error for their boards using Intel 600/700 series chipsets & to avoid the KB5029351 Win11 update:–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–Error-Message-of-Windows-11-Update-KB5029351-Preview-142215

  10. EP said on August 29, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    check out the following recent articles:

    Neowin – Microsoft puts little blame on its Windows update after UNSUPPORTED PROCESSOR BSOD bug:

    BleepingComputer – Microsoft blames ‘unsupported processor’ blue screens on OEM vendors:

  11. Leonard Britvolli said on August 30, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    While there may be changes or updates to the Windows 10 Store for Business and Education in the future, it is premature to conclude that it will be discontinued based solely on rumors.

  12. sembrador said on September 5, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    My advice, I left win 15 years ago. Now I’m a happy linux user (linuxmint) but there is Centos, Fedora, Ubuntu depending on your needs.

  13. EP said on September 6, 2023 at 11:55 am

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released new BIOS/firmware updates for their Intel 600 & 700 series motherboards to fix the “UNSUPPORTED_PROCESSOR” problem (Sept. 6):–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–caused-BSOD-on-MSI-s-Intel-700-and-600-Series-Motherboards-142277

  14. Raphael Benzo said on September 24, 2023 at 9:52 pm

    I try to disable the Diagnostics Tracking Service (Connected Devices Platform User Services) but it wont let me disable it, any help will be greatly appreciated.
    Tank you for your help

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