The following guide walks you through the process of turning off Windows 10 Live Tiles permanently.
I have no use for Live Tiles and explained my reasoning previously here on Ghacks. First, I don't really use many applications as I prefer desktop programs over them for a variety of reasons.
But even for applications that I use, I find live tiles to be a hindrance if not an annoyance rather than something that is beneficial.
I can see them work well on mobile devices but not so much on the desktop.
This might change for the better with the introduction of interactive live tiles, a feature first showcased in 2014 but never heard of again afterwards.
It is easy enough to turn off the live tile feature for individual applications. Simply right-click on the tile in the Windows start menu, and select More > Turn live tile off to do so.
But that takes only care of that single tile and not all of them. If you have no use for them, you may want to consider turning the feature off completely instead so that newly installed applications won't make use of the feature.
You have two main options to turn off Live Tiles completely in Windows 10. You can use the Group Policy Editor and configure a policy for individual user accounts, or use the Windows Registry instead.
The Group Policy is not available for all editions of Windows 10. Basically, if you run a Home version, Group Policy Editor is not accessible by default and you need to use the Registry hack below to turn off live tiles.
For those with Group Policy, the process looks like this:
While you are at it, you may want to consider disabling other notification options such as toast notifications or notification mirroring there as well.
You can set the preference in the Windows Registry as well.
Please note that items may still be cached even though push notifications are disabled.
The policy seems to take effect immediately, while the Registry key does not even after a restart. Anyway, both should be useful if you find no use in the Live Tile feature of Windows 10.Advertisement
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