Windows 10 Features That Are Safe To Disable

No matter how useful Windows 10 features and settings are, there are a few of them, which you want to get rid of. There can be many reasons of disabling these settings, including them being irritating and not useful for a user.

Disabling these features could improve your computer’s speed and performance. Let’s look at some of the features which could be disabled.

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1. Windows Defender Security Center Notifications

With Creators Update, Microsoft introduced Windows Defender Security Center or Windows Security. The app’s objective is to make the processes for monitoring device health, security and performance simple.

It has different sections including Virus & threat protection, Account protection, Firewall & network protection, App & browser control, Device security, Family Options, and Device performance & health.

You can see the Windows Security notification icon in your system tray. If the notifications irritate you and distract you, then all means you can disable them.

Step 1: To do that, press CTRL+ ALT +Delete to bring up Task Manager. You can also right-click on Taskbar and click Task Manager from the context menu.

registry editor

Step 2: On the Task Manager window, click More Details, then click Startup.

windows security notification

Step 3: Select the Windows Defender Notification icon and click Disable.

windows security notification

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2. Microsoft Experiments

Live testing on your is a part of developing. Being a part of live testing has its own perks. You get to use all the new features before public release. However, there are downsides as well such as a negative effect on your PC’s performance. Fortunately, you can disable Microsoft Experiments. To disable this Windows 10 features, follow these steps:

Step 1: Press Windows and R key to get Run box. Now type regedit to open Registry Editor.


Step 2: Locate this:


Step 3: Locate Allow Experimentation and double click on it. Change the key value to 0 to disable all experiments.

disable all experiments

3. Allow Apps From Anywhere

If you want to install a third-party app, you need to select Allow Apps From Anywhere.

Step 1: Press Windows and I key to launch Settings.

Allow Apps From Anywhere

Step 2: Choose Apps, then Apps & Features.

Allow Apps From Anywhere-1

Step 3: Choose where to get apps-> Anywhere

4. Settings App

If your computer is handled by a lot of people especially kids, you don’t want them to mess with the settings of your computer. Well, you can simply hide the Settings app to avoid any malfunction.

Step 1: Press Windows and R key to get the Run box window. Type gpedit.msc and press Enter.

Settings App

Step 2: Launch Local Group Policy Editor, head to Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates-> Control Panel->Settings Page Visibility (right side of the pane)

setting page visibility

Step 3: Double click Settings Page Visibility. On another window, click on the Radio button beside Enabled.

page visibility settings

Step 4: Now below Settings Page Visibility, type hide:display. Click Apply.

page visibility setting

If you want to unhide Settings page, go back to Settings Page Visibility window, select Not Configured.

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5. Disable Ads On Windows

a). Windows Spotlight Ads

Windows Spotlight ads are full-screen adverts on your lock screen. It is used to advertise games and other Windows Store content. If you want to remove them, follow these steps:

  • Press Windows and I to launch Settings.
    Windows Spotlight Ads
  • Locate Personalization->Lock Screen.
    lock screen
  • Below Preview window, go to drop-down menu and ensure you have not selected Windows Spotlight. Select Slideshow or Picture

b). File Explorer Ads

With Creators Update, Microsoft has introduced ads in several places including File Explorer.  To disable these ads, you need to go to file settings.

  • Step 1: Type File Explorer Options in the search box.
    File Explorer Ads
  • Step 2: Go to the View
  • Step 3: Locate Show Sync Provider Notifications.
    Show Sync Provider Notifications
  • Step 4: Remove the checkmark beside it. Click Apply to let the changes take effect.

c). Disable Suggested Apps

Suggested Apps is a Windows 10 feature which is a type of ads that you can disable. These ads can be seen in both the Share page and Start menu. You need to disable them from two different places

Follow these steps to disable:

  1. Press Windows and I to get Settings app.
  2. Click Personalization-> Start
  3. Disable Suggested Apps
  4. Locate Show suggestions occasionally in Start and toggle the switch to the left to turn it off.
    Disable Suggested Apps-1

This will remove suggestions from Start. To remove them from Share menu, click Share button either on File Explorer window. On the Share window, right-click on existing apps, uncheck Show App Suggestions.

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6. Game DVR

Another Windows 10 feature Game DVR which is safe to be disabled is Game DVR function. With this feature, you can record your gameplay so that you can nag your friends with your achievements. However, the function can affect your FPS rate, when not in use. You can disable it in the Xbox app.

  • Press Windows and R to get Run
  • Type Regedit to launch Registry Editor.
    Game DVR
  • Locate this path:

game dvr enabled

  • From the right side of the pane, double-click
  • Now change the key value from 1 to 0 to disable it.
    edit dword
  • Go to:


  • Select New->Key and name it
  • Now right-click on GameDVR->New. Select DWORD (32-bit) from the context menu.
    allow game dvr
  • Rename it AllowGameDVR.
  • Click on it and choose Modify and change the value data to 0.
    allow game dvr-1

So, these are Windows 10 features that you can disable to make your Windows experience better. Do you have any other feature or setting in your mind? If yes, please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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