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    Enable or Disable Microsoft Store Apps in Windows 10

    Enable or Disable Microsoft Store Apps in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable Microsoft Store Apps in Windows 10
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    19 Feb 2019
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    How to Enable or Disable Microsoft Store Apps in Windows 10


    The Microsoft Store app in Windows 10 offers various apps, games, music, movies & TV, and books that users can browse through, purchase, or get for free to download and install for their Microsoft account in Windows 10 PCs and devices.

    If you like, you can use a group policy that turns off the launch of all apps from the Microsoft Store that came pre-installed or were downloaded. Apps will not be updated. The Microsoft Store app will also be disabled.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to open apps from the Microsoft Store for all users in Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to enable or disable apps from Microsoft Store.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: Enable or Disable Microsoft Store Apps in Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Two: Enable or Disable Microsoft Store Apps using a REG file


    EXAMPLE: "This app has been blocked by your system administrator" message when apps from Microsoft Store are disabled
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    Enable or Disable Microsoft Store Apps in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Microsoft Store Apps in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable Microsoft Store Apps in Local Group Policy Editor

    1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Store

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    3. In the right pane of Store, double click/tap on the Disable all apps from Microsoft Store policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Enable Microsoft Store Apps

    A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Not Configured is the default setting.


     6. To Disable Microsoft Store Apps

    A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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    7. When finished, you can close Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






    Enable or Disable Microsoft Store Apps in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Microsoft Store Apps in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable Microsoft Store Apps using a REG file


    The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsStore

    DisableStoreApps DWORD

    (delete) = Enable
    1 = Disable



    1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Enable Microsoft Store Apps

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Enable_Microsoft_Store_apps.reg

    download


     3. To Disable Microsoft Store Apps

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Disable_Microsoft_Store_apps.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    #1

    Hi Brink

    this method only applies to Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education.

    Is there method for windows 10 pro?
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       #2

    fenomist said: View Post
    Hi Brink

    this method only applies to Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education.

    Is there method for windows 10 pro?
    Hello,

    I'm afraid Microsoft has restricted anything native to disable Microsoft Store or Store app to only the Enterprise and Education editions.

    I suppose one workaround would be to use step 4 and 5 in Option Four in the tutorial below to uninstall all Microsoft Store apps except the Store for new accounts and all current accounts.

    Next, use Option Three in the same tutorial below to uninstall the Microsoft Store app for new accounts and all current accounts.

    Uninstall Apps in Windows 10 | Tutorials
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