Fix: Windows 10 keeps installing Candy Crush

By: Madeleine Dean
3 minute read

Candy Crush is one of the most popular games out there, with millions of people playing this candy-addictive game every day. However, as surprising as this may be, there are Windows 10 users who don’t like the game, and hate it when they find it installed on their computers.

According to users’ reports, Windows 10 keeps installing Candy Crush even after they deleted the game:

I’m running Windows 10, and am having trouble removing the pre-installed Candy Crush Saga application.

It’s appears on my start menu as ‘recently added’, I right click and select ‘Uninstall’, but 1-2 days later it re-appears and I have to go through the same process again. I must have uninstalled it 20+ times already.

How can I completely remove this application? I do not use it, nor do I wish for other to be able to use it on my computer. The same problem also occurs on my computer at work.

Microsoft automatically installs Candy Crush when users upgrade to Windows 10, enticing them to play the game. If you have tried to uninstall Candy Crush, but you are still haunted by this game, follow the steps described below to remove it from your machine.

Block Candy Crush install on Windows 10 [Updated]

The following workarounds are temporary solutions, and they may not work for all users. Some of them will only help you to partially solve this problem, but it’s worth testing them out.

To make things clear, there is no permanent solution to stop Windows 10 from installing Candy Crush on users’ computers. If you’ve come across a permanent solution, you can help the community by listing the troubleshooting steps in the comments below.

As a quick reminder, the current Windows 10 builds no longer reinstall the apps you removed. However, this feature is not yet available for the general public.

Solution 1 – Perform a clean boot and uninstall Candy Crush

1. Log on to your computer as an administrator
2.Type msconfig in the search box > select System Configuration from the search results
3. On the Services tab > check Hide all Microsoft services > click Disable all
4. On the Startup tab > click Open Task Manager
5. Select all the items listed > click Disable
6. Close the Task Manager > restart your computer
7. Uninstall Candy Crush
8. Go back to Task Manager > enable the programs required for your system and the ones you use on a daily basis.

Solution 2 – use PowerShell

1. Type PowerShell in the Search menu > hit Enter

2.Type the following command Get-AppxPackage -User and add your username to display all the app installed. Eg.: Get-AppxPackage -User Madeleine.

3. Locate the Candy Crush app on this list

4. Run the command Remove-AppxPackage PackageFullName. To remove Candy Crush Saga and prevent it from installing again, we’ll run Remove-AppxPackage

Solution 3 – tweak the Registry

1. Type regedit in the search menu > hit Enter

2. Locate this key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsStore\WindowsUpdate\AutoDownload
If the AutoDownload option is not available, create it as a new 32-bit DWORD value and set it to 2. However, some users won’t be able to create this value.

Solution 4 – Disable Windows Update

Windows 10 users report that Candy Crush Saga and other unwanted apps usually appear on their computers after the OS has installed the latest updates. To stop Windows 10 from installing unwanted apps, launch the Task Manager, scroll down to Windows Update, right-click and select Stop to disable this feature.

Once you turn off Windows Update, you won’t be able to use the automatic update feature of the system, and all OS and app updates need to be triggered manually.

If you’ve found other workarounds to remove Candy Crush from your Windows 10 computer for good, share your ideas in the comment section below.


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