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How to remove Lenovo Picks from the Store

2013-12-26, 20:13 PM

On the Start screen type regedit and right click on regedit.exe and click on run as administrator. Go to

 

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Store

 

Right click on STORE, click on Permissions, click on Advanced, at the top you will see "Owner: TrustedInstaller" click on Change, click on Advanced, click on Find Now and in the list find your account, click on it and click OK. Check the box nex to Replace owner on subcontainers and objects, click OK. In the Permissions for Store window click on Users and check the box Full Control - Allow. Click on OK.

 

You should be back in Regedit window and in the right half of it you will see StoreContentModifier, right click on it, click on Modify and delete the value (not the key) and just leave it blank. I manually shut down the Store proccess just in case but it's probably easier just to reboot your computer. This should work for any OEM Picks (HP Picks, Dell Picks etc).

 

Now I only get Apps to get you started, Top free, Top paid etc no more Lenovo Picks.

 

Moderator Note; profanity / implied profanity edited

 

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Re: How to remove Lenovo Picks from the Store

2014-01-30, 14:03 PM
Thanks for the research here. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me on a Yoga 2 Pro. I *think* I followed the steps correctly - after rebooting, the StoreContentModifier key has no value, but I still get Lenovo Picks in the Store.

There is some verbiage in the Windows docs about how if that key is empty, it uses the OA 3.0 default which I think is the manufacturer. I'm not sure if that's what's going on with my machine though.
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Re: How to remove Lenovo Picks from the Store

2014-04-26, 15:23 PM

I want Lenovo to know that using MY laptop as a vehicle for advertising is inappropriate and a deal breaker.

The "Lenovo Picks" section of the APP store is unwarranted, unwanted advertising and it's unauthorized by me.

That there's no obvious way to remove or otherwise disengage from this "service" is unacceptable.

I didn't sign up for this. It's NOT OK to shove this kind of thing down the throats of your customers. If I choose to browse the App store I should be able to without the intrusion.

I see this as a way for Lenovo, through payouts from app developers line their pockets at the expense of my time and my aggravation.

I have otherwise been mostly happy with the purchase of two Lenovo laptops and would buy more in the future... but I will not if Lenovo or other OEM's have this intrusive advertising... that I cannot disable... right at the front of the app store.

These things should always be opt in.... and that there is no way to opt out... I say again is a deal breaker. I'll no longer be able to purchase from Lenovo and I'll no longer recommend to others.

 

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Re: How to remove Lenovo Picks from the Store

2014-04-26, 15:25 PM

Super disappointed about this and that there's no way to opt out or disable the Lenovo Picks. It's enough of an issue as to be a deal breaker. I won't buy or recommend a company that engages in intrusive advertising.

I should be able to enjoy the experience without the intrusion.

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Re: How to remove Lenovo Picks from the Store

2014-04-28, 7:58 AM
They include Lenovo Picks because they want to make suggestions of apps you should try or buy for your laptop. You can save countless hours trying to look for great apps

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Re: How to remove Lenovo Picks from the Store

2014-04-28, 12:09 PM

"They include Lenovo Picks because they want to make suggestions of apps you should try or buy for your laptop. You can save countless hours trying to look for great apps"

No. This is wrong and wholly untrue. I don't want or need Lenovo or anyone else, no other OEM or entity of any kind "suggesting" apps or anything else to me.

The idea that there is some sort of benevolent desire to help the customer with the 'picks' list is ridiculous at best and shows a remarkable naivety.

This is a way for Lenovo to leverage the App author's desire to advertise their product. Any author "chosen" to have his app featured in the list will undoubtedly be required to pay some percentage of earnings back to Lenovo.

This is bad business. It's wrong and it doesn't deserve anyone's respect.

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Re: How to remove Lenovo Picks from the Store

2014-04-29, 12:21 PM
While I don't consider this a deal-breaker, I do agree it is frustrating that Lenovo's advertising cannot be removed.

Normally, I would just repave with a fresh Windows install to work around this; however, the ideapad line does not offer a nice way to restore to factory defaults if I ever needed to there's no way to burn 'restore' / 'recovery' disks.
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Re: How to remove Lenovo Picks from the Store

2014-05-04, 15:48 PM

If you upgrade your computer from Windows 8.x to Windows 8.x Pro, using a nonOEM key, these "Picks" goes away..... Or you can change your windows key to a retail version of Windows 8, via key dump. I do agree though that to buy a new key is a waste of $.

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Re: How to remove Lenovo Picks from the Store

2014-05-05, 11:20 AM

I appreciate the comments.

We shouldn't need to jump through hoops to remove this bloat/spam from our computers.

It's the wrong thing to do. Lenovo should have declined. They've lost my respect.

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