7 years ago
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Microsoft has recently changed the layout of the Start Menu. Prior, Secure Lockdown removed the All Programs (All Apps) button whereby those programs would not be accessible once locked down. Note that the Secure Lockdown currently disables Cortana, Edge, Connect, and Settings within the Windows Start Menu but it does not remove their icons. Here are some steps you can follow that allow you to clear the Start Menu as much as possible:

1. Make sure you have the latest build of Secure Lockdown installed.

2. If you have the "Creators Update" (officially available in March/April 2017), there is a new setting that allows the removal of the All Programs list all together. Just go to Settings > Personalization > Start > and turn off "Hide app list in Start menu". Otherwise, proceed to step 3.

3. Remove all possible "Built-in" Windows apps. There are a few new ones not listed in the article including "feedbackhub", "stickynotes", "PPIProjection" (Connect) and "messaging" that can be removed.

4. Go to: Settings > Personalization > Start > Choose which folders appear on Start > and turn off all options

5. You can easily uninstall the "Contact Support" and "Microsoft Quick Assist" apps by opening Settings app and go to "System > Apps & Features > Manage Optional Features" page. On that page, you can uninstall Contact Support app.

6. You can easily remove folders and other installed apps from appearing in the menu by deleting (or moving) the items here (takes affect after a reboot):

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
%appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

7. You can remove other applications (elegantly) that are built into Windows 10 such as Cortana (and with it Search), Microsoft Edge, and the Connect app via utility called "install_wim_tweak". We do not support this, but have many reports of its success. Note that although the utility it completely removes these features from the OS, a Microsoft update could reinstall them.