If you have had time to use the preview build of Windows 10 on a machine you may have noticed the new start menu right away.
While not identical to the Windows 7 start menu, it is a compromise that brings the old (desktop programs) and the new (apps and live tiles) together.
What you may have noticed as well is that you cannot move or remove apps when you open the all apps listing. Here you find listed all installed apps and desktop programs.
While it is possible to uninstall third-party apps to remove them from the start menu, it is not possible to do the same for native applications such as the Camera, Calendar or Calculator application.
Update: It appears that Microsoft has blocked the tweak in the final build of Windows 10. While you can still move application shortcuts around, it seems no longer possible to remove native ones from the start menu.
To make matters worse, it is also not possible to move those apps in a folder to make room for desktop programs.
The start menu itself does not offer any options but there is a manual workaround. Here is what you need to do:
This is the first part of the operation. When you log off and on again or restart the explorer.exe process, you will notice that those apps shortcuts are no longer listed under All Apps. Search won't find them either however.
We are creating a new folder under All Apps in the second part of this tutorial and add shortcuts to apps that we want to run on the system in there.
Disney's Frozen Free Fall's folder name is Disney.FrozenFreeFall_6rarf9sa4v8jt
The shortcut to the app is explorer.exe shell:Appsfolder\Disney.FrozenFreeFall_6rarf9sa4v8jt!app
Microsoft's Bing Finance app folder name is Microsoft.BingFinance_8wekyb3d8bbwe
The shortcut to the app is explorer.exe shell:Appsfolder\Microsoft.BingFinance_8wekyb3d8bbwe!app
When an app gets updated, it is listed in the root folder again and it is up to you to repeat the process to remove it again. (thanks Deskmodder)Advertisement
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