This message has popped up on my new Windows 8.1 machine (I am new to 8.1, but used 7 and all before it). It won't go away, and it's hiding part of the screen. The only solution I have found via Google is to reboot. But the message itself is hiding the control where I can shut down or restart. O.K, I know I can use CTRL-ALT-DEL but I would like to know how to avois this craziness. Thanks


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If you don't want to see these notifications at all, you can use Group Policy Editor to disable it.

To start the Group Policy, do the following:

  1. Tap on Windows-R to bring up the run box of the system.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and hit enter.
  3. You may receive a UAC prompt which you need to accept by selecting yes.

Navigate to the following folder using the sidebar: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer.

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Locate the entry "Do not show the 'new application installed' notification and double-click on it.Set it to enabled to block the notification from showing up.

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Source - Disable “you have new apps that can open this type of file” in Windows 8

  • This will forcibly disable that notification when there are actually new apps that can open files of a certain type
    – thilina R
    Apr 17, 2015 at 18:25
  • Yes. That is why the first sentence of the answer says If you don't want to see these notifications at all. There unfortunately is no way to selectively disable them.
    – CharlieRB
    Apr 17, 2015 at 18:29
  • I did see that. But wanted to point it out again since it seemed too drastic. Under normal circumstances, this doesn't always pop up as described in the question. That leads me to believe that there might be something wrong which causes it to stay there without going away. IMHO this is a band aid and not the real solution to the problem
    – thilina R
    Apr 17, 2015 at 18:40
  • I did actually find the solution at ghacks, but 'gpedit.msc' isn't found on my system, I presume it's only in Pro versions. Anyway, as others have commented, this seems too drastic - the popup window could be useful if (a) it suggests what other apps are available, and (b) closes when you want it to
    – quilkin
    Apr 17, 2015 at 19:18
  • Great! Did you find the same solution or a different one? If it is different, please post your own answer to share how you solved your question.
    – CharlieRB
    Apr 17, 2015 at 19:20

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