Remove Cast to Device from Context Menu in Windows 10

Windows 10’s users might have encountered a Cast to Device entry in the file/folder context menu. Cast to Device is a rebranded version of Play to Device that was use in the previous version of the Windows Operating System. It is a very simple feature to stream from your PC or tablet running on Miracast or DLNA technology supported device.

cast to device

The Edge browser has been injected with the Cast to Device feature with a recent Threshold 2 update. This means that you can easily cast Youtube videos and other website contents to the supported devices directly from your Microsoft Edge Browser. Have a look at the below image giving you an understanding of the Cast to Device option in the files/folder context menu.

Though it is a handy feature in Windows 10, yet not all the users have Miracast or DLNA supported Device. However, you may buy a wireless display adapter like the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter, but still most of the PC users won’t be using this feature.

The cast to device context menu option appears on such media files or folders that are supported by this feature. But, in case you wish to remove it, then below is a step-by-step guide with relevant images explaining you how you can do so.

Remove Cast to Device from Windows 10

1: Press the “Win + R” keys to open the Run Command box. Then type in regedit.exe and press enter. This will open the Windows Registry Editor. If prompted by the UAC, click Yes.

run regedit

2: Inside the registry editor, you have to navigate through the following path.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions

shell extensions

3: Now expand the Shell Extensions, and in case you can’t see Blocked Key, then right-click on Shell Extensions key, click on New, click Key to create a new key and finally name it as Blocked.

create key

4: Next you have to click on the newly created Block key. From the right side, right click on empty area, then click New, click String and name it as {7AD84985-87B4-4a16-BE58-8B72A5B390F7}

string value

5: Now double click on the newly created {7AD84985-87B4-4a16-BE58-8B72A5B390F7} string value, and change the value data to Play to Menu. Once you have done it, close the registry editor.

play to menu

Finally, restart your Windows Explorer or better reboot it so that changes can take affect properly. I hope you had no issues removing Cast to Device feature from the context menu. Do leave your feedback in comments.