Windows 10: Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking in Windows 10

Discus and support Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking in Windows 10 in Windows 10 Tutorials to solve the problem; Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately I have the "Let Windows track app launches to improve Start and search results" option greyed out (..."some settings... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Tutorials' started by AmigaRoots, Jan 16, 2018.

  1. Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking in Windows 10


    Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately I have the "Let Windows track app launches to improve Start and search results" option greyed out (..."some settings hidden/managed by your organizaition"). Registry trick doesn't help, Start_TrackProgs is already set to 1. I'd really appreciate any help on this since I couldn't find a fix/workaround.

    :)
     
    AmigaRoots, Jan 16, 2018
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  2. Martmcd Win User

    Unable to add searchable commands to start menu

    it learns, provided you have not turned off all the privacy settings.

    check settings -> privacy -> General

    make sure that 'let windows track app launches.....' is turned on

    you may have to type it out in full once or twice (ie runemacs.exe), but after a couple of times typing rune will be enough
     
    Martmcd, Jan 16, 2018
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  3. Tryx3 Win User
    Win 10 Home Ed. Group Policy Editor

    I don't have a recently used programs in my Start. I am on Ver 1703.

    The closest thing I can think of is Recently added apps and this can be turned off -

    Settings,

    Personalisation,

    Start,

    Show recently added apps - set to Off

    Or perhaps you mean the Show most used apps setting in the same group. If it is greyed out then you need to enable Settings, Privacy, General, Let Windows track app launches.

    Denis
     
    Tryx3, Jan 16, 2018
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  4. Brink
    Brink New Member

    Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking in Windows 10

    Hello AmigaRoots, *Smile

    Are you joined to a domain?

    If so, the domain administrator may have a policy set disabling this.
     
    Brink, Jan 16, 2018
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  5. Thank you Brink, it's a simple home PC with no domains involved. I'm guessing some esoteric setting has been messed up, or it's a Windows 10 bug.
     
    AmigaRoots, Jan 16, 2018
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    Brink, Jan 16, 2018
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  7. Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\All Settings: these are the changed ones:


    Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking in Windows 10 [​IMG]


    I compared the above with my other PC, and they are exactly the same. On that PC however, App Launch Tracking works normally and can be enabled/disabled.

    User Configuration\Administrative Templates\All Settings: all is 'Not configured'

    I couldn't find something relevant in the Resultant Set of Policy.
     
    AmigaRoots, Jan 16, 2018
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  8. Brink
    Brink New Member

    Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking in Windows 10

    In that case, go ahead and post a screenshot showing the Settings\Privacy\General page to see if anything else may stand out to help ID the cause.

    In addition, what build is this for?
     
    Brink, Jan 16, 2018
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  9. It is version 1709, build 16299.192


    Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking in Windows 10 [​IMG]


    Turn On or Off App Launch Tracking in Windows 10 [​IMG]
     
    AmigaRoots, Jan 16, 2018
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    Brink New Member
    I'll do some playing and see if I may be able to track it down.
     
    Brink, Jan 16, 2018
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    Brink, Jan 16, 2018
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    Option 5 did unblock the advertising ID setting. I enabled it and restarted, but the other two settings remain blocked ('track app launches' and 'show most used apps').

    I've used a couple of the known privacy tools and start menu replacements in the past, but nothing too radical. The same stuff I use on my other PC which does not have the issue. I wouldn't exclude they might have messed something up, although this could also be related to a recent Windows 10 update or some other program. Who knows...
     
    AmigaRoots, Jan 16, 2018
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  14. Brink
    Brink New Member
    If this has just happened, you could do a system restore using a restore point dated before the setting was grayed out to undo it.

    Since you show any configured policies responsible for this in your Local Group Policy Editor, the unknown policy may have been manually set via registry instead.
     
    Brink, Jan 16, 2018
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  15. It's going on for some time and System Restore can't help unfortunately. I just noticed there's an additional "Administrator" account present. The main user account has admin rights. I logged in that Admin account and it went through the initial setup ("This may take some time..."). The two settings are still blocked there, too. I'll go through the Group Policy settings later and also try to delete that account.
     
    AmigaRoots, Apr 4, 2018
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