How to disable recommended websites in start menu in Windows 11 build 25247

Windows 11 build 25247 recently released has a somewhat controversial feature that bothers quite a few Windows Insiders. Users are not happy with the fact that Microsoft is showing more and more ads in the operating system, and the latest version of Windows 11 Dev with its new website recommendations in the Start menu does not improve the situation.

Luckily, like other experimental features in the Dev channel, you can disable website recommendations in the Start menu in Windows 11 build 25247. All you need is the Vivetool app and a command generously provided by @GhostOfEarth. The command also allows you to change the number of recommended websites (two or one).

A Recommended Website in the Windows 11 Start Menu

Caution: Unadvertised features are often crude, unstable, or borderline useless. Back up important data before enabling hidden options using the ViveTool application.

How to disable website recommendations in Windows 11 build 25247?

  1. Download Vive Tool of GitHub and unzip the files to a convenient location.
  2. Hurry Win + X and select Terminal (administrator).
  3. Switch from windows terminal to command prompt profile by pressing Ctrl+Shift+2 or by clicking the down arrow button at the top of the window.The Windows Terminal app showing how to switch from PowerShell profile to Command Prompt profile
  4. Navigate to the folder containing the extracted files using the CD command. For example, if you copied ViveTool to C:Vive, type CD C:Vive.
  5. Type vivetool /disable /id:40059556 and press Walk in.
  6. If the recommended website feature is not available, you can try to force its activation using the vivetool /enable /id:40059556 ordered. The vivetool /disable /id:40059556 /variant:3 The command will change the number of recommended websites from one to two.
  7. Restart File Explorer or the whole system.

In case you missed it, Windows 11 build 25247 contains several other hidden features. There are more UI improvements for the Settings app and the ability to use suggested actions with browsers other than Edge.

Do you think website recommendations in the Start menu is another way to display ads in Windows 11, or do you consider it a potentially useful feature? Share your opinion in the comments.

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