Gray unavailable Windows Installer programs Start Menu shortcuts

Displays Start menu shortcuts to partially installed programs in gray text. This setting makes it easier for users to distinguish between programs that are fully installed and those that are only partially installed. Partially installed programs include those that a system administrator assigns using Windows Installer and those that users have configured for full installation upon first use. If you disable this setting or do not configure it all Start menu shortcuts appear as black text. Note: Enabling this setting can make the Start menu slow to open.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> Explorer # GreyMSIAds

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Start Menu and Taskbar


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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