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Published on 05.22.09 by Brent Trahan

Turn Off User Tracking in the Start Menu

Learn how to turn off user tracking in the Start Menu in Windows 7.

If you disable or do not configure this setting, the system tracks the programs that the user runs. The system uses this information to customize Windows features, such as showing frequently used programs in the Start Menu.

If you enable this setting, the system does not track the programs that the user runs, and does not display frequently used programs in the Start Menu.

Also, see these related settings: “Remove frequent programs liist from the Start Menu” and “Turn off personalized menus”.

This setting does not prevent users from pinning programs to the Start Menu or Taskbar. See the “Remove pinned programs list from the Start Menu” and “Do not allow pinning programs to the Taskbar” settings.

Turn Off User Tracking in the Start Menu

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and then select Start Menu and Taskbar in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Turn Off User Tracking in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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  1. frank says:

    widows xp do not turn off even restart form the start menu

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