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Group Policy to Remove "Popular Now" results when clicking on Windows 10 Search?

    Question

  • There is an option to turn this off in the menus when logged into the desktop, but how do you disable this via GPO so it is disabled for all users?

    • Edited by MyGposts Wednesday, January 20, 2016 12:30 AM
    Wednesday, January 20, 2016 12:28 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    Cortana is the personal assistant for your Windows devices, giving you the ability to organize your life and locate information that is unique to you.  

    The only setting related with Cortana in Group Policy is “Allow Cortana”, please see as below:

    I am sorry that currently the group policy cannot meet your requirement.

    Best Regards,

    Alvin Wang


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    Wednesday, January 20, 2016 4:01 AM
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  • > Is there a registry setting that controls turning Popular Now on and off?
     
    Seems not - http://gpsearch.azurewebsites.net has no results...
     
    • Marked as answer by MyGposts Tuesday, January 26, 2016 3:36 PM
    Tuesday, January 26, 2016 2:49 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    Cortana is the personal assistant for your Windows devices, giving you the ability to organize your life and locate information that is unique to you.  

    The only setting related with Cortana in Group Policy is “Allow Cortana”, please see as below:

    I am sorry that currently the group policy cannot meet your requirement.

    Best Regards,

    Alvin Wang


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and un-mark them if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Subscriber Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016 4:01 AM
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  • This  does not address the issue.

    Disabling Cortana is not removing these the unwanted web graphics and news alarts.

    Monday, January 25, 2016 5:58 PM
  • Hi,

    Yes, even if the Cortana is disabled by the “Allow Cortana” setting, users will still be able to use search to find things on the device and on the Internet and the web graphics and news alerts still exist.  

    The only way to remove “Popular Now” is through the option that also mentioned in your post.

    Sorry for the limited help on this case.

    Best Regards,

    Alvin Wang


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    Tuesday, January 26, 2016 7:35 AM
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  • Is there a registry setting that controls turning Popular Now on and off?
    Tuesday, January 26, 2016 2:13 PM
  • > Is there a registry setting that controls turning Popular Now on and off?
     
    Seems not - http://gpsearch.azurewebsites.net has no results...
     
    • Marked as answer by MyGposts Tuesday, January 26, 2016 3:36 PM
    Tuesday, January 26, 2016 2:49 PM
  • > Is there a registry setting that controls turning Popular Now on and off?
     
    Seems not - http://gpsearch.azurewebsites.net has no results...
     
    Wow, strange.  Usually, whatever you do to change settings in the GUI is reflected somewhere in the registry.
    Tuesday, January 26, 2016 3:35 PM
  • > Wow, strange.  Usually, whatever you do to change settings in the GUI is
    > reflected somewhere in the registry.
     
    Yes, but not necessarily in GPOs :-) SourceForge regshot is a great tool
    to identify the related values, which then can be deployed through GPP
    registry.
     
    Wednesday, January 27, 2016 10:19 AM
  • > Wow, strange.  Usually, whatever you do to change settings in the GUI is
    > reflected somewhere in the registry.
     
    Yes, but not necessarily in GPOs :-) SourceForge regshot is a great tool
    to identify the related values, which then can be deployed through GPP
    registry.
     

    Yes, but if it is in the registry, you can create a GPO with a group policy preference setting that edits the registry setting.

    So, even though there would be no preset policy for this setting in the policy templates, it would be a workaround to get the setting done.

    Still better than the answer of "it's impossible to do this any way other than manually changing the setting using the GUI in every user's profile."  

    We need some way to manage this centrally for all users.

    This is not the only setting that has been a problem.  I have found registry settings for others, but in general, there simply is not enough control of the UI available in the GPO templates for Windows 10.   Way too much consumer-oriented junk remains in Pro and Enterprise even after you disable everything that can be disabled in the available group policy settings.

    Things like "Popular Now" are just distractions that don't belong turned on by default.  Then there are things like preinstalled store apps like "Candy Crush" being installed on Windows 10 Enterprise and requiring convoluted steps to remove.  The desktop looks embarrassingly unprofessional without hacks to remove these things.

    This is a problem that needs to be fixed.

     






    • Edited by MyGposts Wednesday, January 27, 2016 2:07 PM
    Wednesday, January 27, 2016 1:52 PM