I've been tweaking Windows 10 to better suit my aesthetic, successfully removing a lot of things I don't like. There's on thing I'm stuck at now, though - the 'Search the Store' link in the 'Open with' context menu. Despite going through the registry, I've not been able to find a way to hide that item.

Has anyone ever managed to remove it? I'm willing to use ResHacker or similar software if needed.

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The entry is created by shell32.dll, which is registered as a context menu handler in the following registry key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Open With. The default value is {09799AFB-AD67-11d1-ABCD-00C04FC30936}. If you go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{09799AFB-AD67-11d1-ABCD-00C04FC30936}\InProcServer32 you will find a default value of %SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll.

Without a registry key to turn this setting on or off, the file needs to be edited to remove the entry.

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This can be disable using the following Group Policy setting:

Administrative Templates > System > Internet Communication Management > Internet Communication settings > Turn off access to the Store

Set to "Enabled" to disable "Search the Store".

Alternatively, it may be configured with the following registry value:

    NoUseStoreOpenWith (DWORD)

Set to 0x00000001 to disable "Search the Store".

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  • It seems like that group policy setting can be done both in system configuration and user configuration. – Anders Lindén Aug 11 '17 at 7:42
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    Tried on 1709, context menu item doesn't go away after enabling this policy, even after a restart if you were wondering. – prettyvoid Jan 22 '18 at 18:35

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