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Hide 'Connect' and 'Contact Support' from Start Menu - All Programmes

Hide 'Connect' and 'Contact Support' from Start Menu - All Programmes

Hide 'Connect' and 'Contact Support' from Start Menu - All Programmes

(OP)
I'm in the process of setting up my new Windows 10 x64 (1607) build to be rolled out to my users.

I've come across a minor issue / annoyance in the Start Menu in the All program. I've already removed all the store applications from the build but I'm left with shortcuts to 'connect and 'contact support'. I only want to hide them from that list but cannot find where the links are. I've checked :

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

But nothing there.

I'd usually not worry too much but as they are 'up the list' my users may think they can contact me through those applications!

I'm rolling out my images using MDT 2013 from a windows 2016 server and all the PC's are in a domain so would prefer to use GPO.

I've googled a lot about this but coming up short.

RE: Hide 'Connect' and 'Contact Support' from Start Menu - All Programmes

If they are on the desktop, simply delete the link before you make the image. If they are in the start menu then right click and select un-pin from the startup menu

Bill
Lead Application Developer
New York State, USA

RE: Hide 'Connect' and 'Contact Support' from Start Menu - All Programmes

(OP)
Can't...

When I right mouse click on the application (its in the 'all program' section of the start menu)

There no un-pin option


I've already completely remodeled the start menu and task bar via XML its the only part I'm stuck on.

RE: Hide 'Connect' and 'Contact Support' from Start Menu - All Programmes

Might want to give this a read: http://www.ghacks.net/2015/08/02/how-to-remove-cor...

Here is an easier read on how to get rid of most via Powershell: http://www.howtogeek.com/224798/how-to-uninstall-w... (This one will not work for Contact Support but has good info for others trying to remove annoying built in Windows apps)

Learning - A never ending quest for knowledge usually attained by being thrown in a situation and told to fix it NOW.

RE: Hide 'Connect' and 'Contact Support' from Start Menu - All Programmes

(OP)
Doesn't work for those two applications! They are windows features (although not listed so I cant stop them from installing) Really frustrating as its only going to cause confusion.

So I can continue on with the setup / config I'm going to try AppLocker to stop them from running if clicked on but would really want to hide / in-install if possible.

So I'm going to read up on AppLocker for now!!!

RE: Hide 'Connect' and 'Contact Support' from Start Menu - All Programmes

(OP)
Damn it! We're running Pro and to use AppLocker with domain GPO you have to have Enterprise.

Any thoughts?

RE: Hide 'Connect' and 'Contact Support' from Start Menu - All Programmes

Renaming the folder for Connect prevents it from running.



Contact Support is in there too.

ACSS - SME
General Geek

RE: Hide 'Connect' and 'Contact Support' from Start Menu - All Programmes

(OP)
Thanks, sorry for the delay but been up to my neck here!

The rename worked, added it to a powershell script I run as part of the deployment so every PC I build will all happen automatically.

RE: Hide 'Connect' and 'Contact Support' from Start Menu - All Programmes

glad it worked! thanks for the pink! big smile

ACSS - SME
General Geek

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