Remove Win10 Settings App from Start Menu

No matter how I search my group policy items, I cannot find a way to remove the accursed "Settings" Application from the Windows 10 Start Menu. Of course I refer to the transparent Gear Icon. Maybe there's some other way to hack this using the registry?

Also, is there any way to disable the "Swipe Left from edge" Action Center in Windows 10 on a touch screen device? I can't find anything in the control panel, GP, or registry to do this.

Thank you in advance for your assistance!