How to completely lock down "Choose where to get apps"?


  1. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
       #1

    How to completely lock down "Choose where to get apps"?


    It's all too easy to just go into Settings and just select "From anywhere" (the family computer is often filled with malware because of it. Just a regular computer with just one account and just wifi from the internet provider. No idea what other info I need to provide - and the computer is on Windows 10).


    How can I completely and utterly disable any other settings than "From Microsoft Store"?
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  2. Posts : 61,923
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #2

    Hello Jack,

    You can use an option in the tutorial below to choose where to get apps from to "The Microsoft Store only". It is applied to all users.

    Choose Where Apps can be Installed from in Windows 10
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  3. Posts : 25,084
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #3

    FatherJack1980 said:
    It's all too easy to just go into Settings and just select "From anywhere" (the family computer is often filled with malware because of it. Just a regular computer with just one account...)

    Just one account is asking for trouble because it has to be an administrator.

    Why not create an account for each family member? The 'persistent offenders' should be given standard user accounts so they cannot change this setting. The 'Choose where to get apps' option is only there for an administrator account.

    User account:

    How to completely lock down "Choose where to get apps"?-apps-user-account.png

    Admin account:
    How to completely lock down "Choose where to get apps"?-apps-admin-account.png
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  4. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    If there were two account (if I would somehow manage to create that without messing something up) then I think the admin account would have to become password protected - and I know the one (not the offender) that uses the computer the most would have a terrible time accepting that.


    But just to be completely on the safe side - since I'm not technology minded - is Option two (number 5) in Choose Where Apps can be Installed from in Windows 10 what I'm looking for?

    Just one download and four things to do? That simple? (I'm not going to do it on my personal laptop, since it seems irreversible - which is what I'm kinda looking for)
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  5. Posts : 8,699
    Mac OS Catalina
       #5

    It is not just apps that can be installed but software and a computing device can become infected by what are called "Drive-By" downloads.
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  6. Posts : 61,923
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #6

    FatherJack1980 said:
    If there were two account (if I would somehow manage to create that without messing something up) then I think the admin account would have to become password protected - and I know the one (not the offender) that uses the computer the most would have a terrible time accepting that.


    But just to be completely on the safe side - since I'm not technology minded - is Option two (number 5) in Choose Where Apps can be Installed from in Windows 10 what I'm looking for?

    Just one download and four things to do? That simple? (I'm not going to do it on my personal laptop, since it seems irreversible - which is what I'm kinda looking for)

    Correct, you can use the .reg file in step 5 of option 2, or use option 1 to set it in Settings.
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