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12: How to Disable the “How do you want to open this? Keep using this app” Notification in Windows 10

When you install a new app in Windows 10 you may see a notification letting you know that you have a new app that can open an application that already has a default file association defined. Below are some examples of how the notifications appear and also two ways to disable these “New App Installed” notifications.

Notification Examples:

OPTION1: Using Group Policy Preferences > Registry

  1. Create a new GPO for Group Policy Preferences and give it a descriptive name.
  2. Select Computer Configuration > Preferences > Windows Settings > Registry
  3. Right-click on Registry and choose New > Registry Item
  4. Create the Registry policy item using the values below as a guide.

    Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Key Path: SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
    Value name: NoNewAppAlert
    Value type: REG_DWORD
    Value data: 00000001

    Policy should look like below when created:

  5. Lastly, apply policy to computer OU or domain where you want New App notifications to be disabled.

OPTION2: Using PolicyPak Scripts Manager

  1. Create a new GPO for PolicyPak Scripts Manager and give it a descriptive name.
  2. Select Computer Configuration > PolicyPak > Scripts Manager
  3. Right-click on Scripts Manager and select “Add Policy…”

  4. At the “Specify policy target” screen stick with the default “Apply this policy to the computer (default)" then click "Next".

  5. At the “On apply action” screen select “PowerShell script” from the dropdown and then copy in the text below then click “Next”.

    # Disable New app Alerts

    if((Test-Path -LiteralPath "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer") -ne $true) { New-Item "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer" -force -ea SilentlyContinue };
    New-ItemProperty -LiteralPath 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer' -Name 'NoNewAppAlert' -Value 1 -PropertyType DWord -Force -ea SilentlyContinue;

  6. OPTIONAL: At the “On revert action” screen select “PowerShell script” from the dropdown and then copy in the text below then click “Next”.

    #Enable new app alerts

    if((Test-Path -LiteralPath "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer") -ne $true) { New-Item "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer" -force -ea SilentlyContinue };
    New-ItemProperty -LiteralPath 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer' -Name 'NoNewAppAlert' -Value 0 -PropertyType DWord -Force -ea SilentlyContinue;

  7. At the “Specify process mode” screen select the “Once or when forced” option then click next.

  8. Give the policy a descriptive name and then click finish.
  9. Lastly, apply policy to computer OU or domain where you want New App notifications to be disabled.
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