Microsoft finally hides Windows Backup app on unsupported PCs, but won’t let you remove it | Laptop News

In 2023, Microsoft released Windows Backup to help you save your personal files and PC settings to the cloud. You can set up a new PC using the saved data while clean installing or resetting Windows 10 and 11, saving countless hours. However, the Windows Backup app also appeared wrongly in non-consumer editions, and a new update will fix this problem.

As reported in September 2023, Microsoft added the Backup app to Windows 10 LTSC, but the users weren’t pleased with the decision. In our tests, we observed that Microsoft doesn’t allow anyone to remove the app, and it was also not possible to hide it on unsupported machines.

On unsupported PCs, the Backup app wouldn’t launch with the “This feature is not supported by your organization” error. Back then, Microsoft told Windows Latest that Backup works only when using personal Microsoft accounts, such as addresses ending in *@outlook.comm, and it was working on hiding the app on other devices.

Microsoft is now implementing the change with the March 2024 update.

In KB5034848 (Moment 5) or newer, the Windows Backup app no longer appears under the ‘All apps’ and ‘Installed apps’ sections in the Start menu and settings app after installing this update or March 2024 Patch Tuesday.

Microsoft clarified that “Windows Backup is not supported for Azure Active Directory (AAD) or Active Directory (AD) users” or if Group Policy blocks your Microsoft account, but it won’t remove the app on unsupported systems because it is now a “system component”.

Remember that this applies only to enterprise users, domain-joined users, guest users, and users whose Microsoft Accounts are restricted by implementing a group policy. The Windows Backup app will remain a part of the operating…

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