Stop Windows 10 Enterprise / Windows 10 Pro from advertising or installing unwanted apps

This is an updated and shorter version of the previous article How Windows 10 Pro installs unwanted apps (Candy Crush, Twitter, Minecraft, Flipboard, Photoshop Express, …) and how to stop it.

By default Windows 10 Pro and even Enterprise advertise and install unwanted apps, such as Candy Crush, etc. There are many guides on how to stop Windows 10 from doing so, but most of them are not recommended in a business environment or simply won’t work (see previous article). In this article I will describe how to prevent Windows 10 from advertising or installing unwanted apps in a clean and reversible way.

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Enabling transparent SMB authentication between your Microsoft Account and your Synology DiskStation

One thing that annoyed me quite a bit after upgrading to Windows 10 and using a Microsoft Account was, that now I had to actively provide credentials to access the SMB shares on my Synology DiskStation. Whereas before I was able to access the share without being asked to enter a username and password. For some idiotic reason, simply ticking that checkbox that says “Remeber my credentials” didn’t satisfy me. Today, after almost three years (the TP was release on 1st October 2014), I found the embarassingly easy solution.

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Provisioned Packages (Provisioned Apps) in Windows 10 Pro

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Updated on 24th October 2017

By default Microsoft Windows 10 Pro ships with a number of provisioned app packages. Whenever a user signs into a computer for the first time, Windows will register (read: installed) all provisioned apps in the newly created user profile.

For listing the provisioned app packages on your computer, use the PowerShell Cmdlet Get-AppxProvisionedPackage.

Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Select DisplayName | Sort DisplayName

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