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    Allow or Block Access to Microsoft Store App in Windows 10

    How to Allow or Block Access to Microsoft Store App in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Apps & Features
    10 Feb 2020
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    How to Allow or Block Access to Microsoft Store App 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 turn off the Store app to deny users access to the Store.

    This tutorial will show you how to allow or block access to the Store app for all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to allow or block access to the Store app.

    Access to the Store is required for users to install app updates, so you may wish to make sure that automatic app updates are turned on before blocking access to the Store app.

    UPDATE: This policy will now only work in the Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education editions for version 1511 and later.

    For more details, see:
    * Microsoft no longer allows to block Store access in Windows 10 Pro
    * Can't disable Windows Store in Windows 10 Pro through Group Policy - KB3135657



    Contents

    • Option One: To Allow or Block Access to Store App in Group Policy
    • Option Two: To Allow or Block Access to Store App using a REG file



    EXAMPLE: The Store app is blocked
    Allow or Block Access to Microsoft Store App in Windows 10-store_app_is_blocked.png




    OPTION ONE

    To Allow or Block Access to Store App in Group Policy


    The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option TWO below.


    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

    Allow or Block Access to Microsoft Store App in Windows 10-disable_store_app_gpedit-1.jpg

    3 In the right pane of Store in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Turn off the Store application policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

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


    5 To Allow Access to the Store App

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

    Not Configured is the default setting.


    6 To Block Access to the Store App

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

    Allow or Block Access to Microsoft Store App in Windows 10-disable_store_app_gpedit-2.png


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






    OPTION TWO

    To Allow or Block Access to Store App using a REG file


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

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsStore

    RemoveWindowsStore DWORD

    delete or 0 = allow
    1 = block


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


    2 To Allow Access to the Store App

    This is the default setting.

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

    Allow_Access_to_Store_app.reg

    Download


    3 To Block Access to the Store App

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

    Block_Access_to_Store_app.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 If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. lx07's Avatar
    Posts : 5,479
    2004
       #1

    UPDATE: This policy will now only work in the Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education editions for version 1511 and later.
    For Home or Pro users you can enable the "Microsoft Store" outbound rule in the firewall (for private profile is enough) and then double click and change to "Block the connection".

    This will make the store unable to access internet so nothing can be downloaded.

    Allow or Block Access to Microsoft Store App in Windows 10-capture.png
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  2. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 13,551
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1043
       #2

    The registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsStore no longer exists. At least not on my Windows 10 Pro X64 system.
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  3. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 57,669
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21390
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Ztruker said:
    The registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsStore no longer exists. At least not on my Windows 10 Pro X64 system.

    Hello Rich,

    The registry key and value only gets added if the group policy is configured. It's not there by default.
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  4. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 13,551
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1043
       #4

    So you can't use this on Home. Too bad.

    Thanks
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  5. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 57,669
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21390
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Ztruker said:
    So you can't use this on Home. Too bad.

    Thanks
    No. I'm afraid the options in this tutorial are not available in the Windows 10 Home edition.

    What were you wanting to prevent for the Store app? There may be another way to do it.
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  6. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 13,551
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1043
       #6

    It was one of the suggestions of a possible fix for WSAPPX using too much CPU here:
    Unexpected Store Exception Experience Randomly
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  7. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 57,669
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21390
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Ah, ok. I'm not sure what to suggest for that.
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  8. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 13,551
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1043
       #8

    NP, thanks Shawn.
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  9. reddwarf4ever's Avatar
    Posts : 1,260
    windows 10 PRO
       #9

    I used GPEDIT to disabloe Microsoft store application, but now Settings will not open ??? any connection ???
    Thanks
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