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The start menu on my laptop with Windows 10 is super confusing, since it contains plenty of icons that refer to software that is not even installed. This might have something to do with the laptop manufacturer who "sold" the space there as advertisement.

What is the best way to configure Windows 10 so that the Start menu follows the philosophy from previous versions, i.e. it only contain references to software that is actually installed?

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    Use an alternative like Classic Shell.
    – harrymc
    Nov 25, 2018 at 14:37
  • Being we are only talking about a handful of icons, is there any reason you can’t right click them and uninstall / remove them? Nov 25, 2018 at 15:17
  • Well to be fair there’s more like three handful. ;) Some are only links, others are actually installed. The slow context menu doesn’t help either.
    – Daniel B
    Nov 25, 2018 at 18:16
  • If they're unwanted games etc., just uninstall them. Some of the included Windows apps must be removed using PowerShell. Also, use a third-party tool such as ShutUp10 to remove ads. Nov 26, 2018 at 1:35
  • Go to Settings\Personalization\Start\Turn off "Show suggestions occasionally in Start" to turn off the AD
    – Joy
    Nov 26, 2018 at 8:36

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Its seems like you got a new PC or just installed Windows 10. After connecting to internet just remove them unpinning from start menu. And don't forget to disable occasional suggestion on start menu personalise setting.

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