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How to disable Windows 10 Live Tiles permanently

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.

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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.

Disable Windows 10 Live Tiles

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.

Group Policy

disable windows 10 live tiles

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:

  1. Tap on the Windows-key and wait for the Start Menu to open. Watch all the Live Tiles in their glory, if you have not turned them off yet manually.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and hit enter.
  3. Confirm the UAC prompt that appears. The Local Group Policy Editor should be open now.
  4. Use the hierarchy on the left to navigate to the following policy group: Local Computer Policy > User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Star Menu and Taskbar > Notifications.
  5. There you find listed on the right Turn off tile notifications.
  6. Double-click the entry, and set it to enabled on the screen that opens.
  7. The effect? "If you enable this policy setting, applications and system features will not be able to update their tiles and tile badges in the Start screen."

While you are at it, you may want to consider disabling other notification options such as toast notifications or notification mirroring there as well.

Windows Registry

disable live tiles registry

You can set the preference in the Windows Registry as well.

  1. Tap on the Windows-key, type regedit.exe and tap on enter.
  2. Confirm the UAC prompt that appears.
  3. Navigate to the following location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PushNotifications
  4. Right-click on PushNotifications and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value.
  5. Name it NoTileApplicationNotification.
  6. Double-click the item afterwards and set its value to 1.

Please note that items may still be cached even though push notifications are disabled.

Closing Words

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.

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How to disable Windows 10 Live Tiles permanently
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How to disable Windows 10 Live Tiles permanently
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Find out how to turn off live tiles of applications and system apps shown when you open the Windows 10 Start Menu permanently.
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Comments

  1. george said on June 1, 2016 at 6:18 pm
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    I use live tiles only for weather, but often it does not update.
    so tell me how to fix this Microsoft?

  2. klarkkent said on June 1, 2016 at 7:02 pm
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    Sorry, but I just can’t resist any longer, but of and off are not interchangeable, (two different meanings).

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 1, 2016 at 7:18 pm
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      Sorry for that, corrected ;)

  3. CHEF-KOCH said on June 2, 2016 at 11:17 am
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    Thanks for the registry/gpedit tweak. Nice find man!

    PS:
    Shit happens ;) …

    PPS:
    Good that we got more pictures here too. I always like that. :)

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 2, 2016 at 11:36 am
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      I’m testing the new theme right now on the live site, and more screenshots look really really nice ;)

  4. scott said on June 2, 2016 at 11:38 pm
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    are the apps off (like weather), or are the notifications off so that the tile doesn’t update? I would think that is an important distinction to make.

    For me, they aren’t too useful, but I don’t mind them. I prefer to just remove them from the start menu if not needed. Then I know that they aren’t running at all.

  5. OnSiteIT said on February 17, 2018 at 10:56 pm
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    Hi Martin,

    Is there a way to just set the default for Live Tiles to Off (either for all users (HKLM) or individual users (HKCU)), still show the App name (Badge?) and still allow individual tiles to be turned On as needed? Or is setting it manually for each Tile currently the only other alternative?

    I think the registry key in your directions has a typo since it doesn’t match the screenshot. I was able to find the key shown in the screenshot, but not the key noted in the text.

    Text currently shows:
    Navigate to the following location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PushNotifications

    Shouldn’t it be the same as the screenshot?:
    Navigate to the following location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PushNotifications

    Thanks!

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 18, 2018 at 7:50 am
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      Hi, you are right about the typo, I have corrected it. I’m not aware of another solution.

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