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    Turn On or Off Automatic Updates for Apps in Windows 10 Store

    Turn On or Off Automatic Download and Install of App Updates by Store in Windows 10
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    Turn On or Off Automatic Download and Install of App Updates by Store 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.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the automatic download and installation of app updates by Store for your account or all users in Windows 10.

    Make sure that you have the correct time zone, date, and time set to avoid the Store having syncing issues.

    You will need to have the Storage Service service running and set to Manual (Trigger Start) for Store updates to work properly.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: To Turn On or Off Update Apps Automatically in Store app for only your Account
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Update Apps Automatically in Store for All Users using Group Policy
    • Option Three: To Turn On or Off Update Apps Automatically in Store for All Users using a REG file



    EXAMPLE: App Updates Available in Store
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    Turn On or Off Automatic Updates for Apps in Windows 10 Store OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Automatic Updates for Apps in Windows 10 Store
    To Turn On or Off Update Apps Automatically in Store app for only your Account

    1. Open the Microsoft Store app.

    2. Click/tap on the See more (3 dots) button, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Under App updates, turn on or off Update apps automatically to what you want. (see screenshots below)

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    4. When finished, you can close the Store app if you like.






    Turn On or Off Automatic Updates for Apps in Windows 10 Store OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Automatic Updates for Apps in Windows 10 Store
    To Turn On or Off Update Apps Automatically in Store for All Users using Group Policy


    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

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

    All editions can use Option Three below that does the same thing.

    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 in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Turn off Automatic Download and Install of updates policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (default), step 6 (always on), or step 7 (always off) below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Let Users Turn On or Off Update Apps Automatically in Store (default)

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot belowstep 7)


     6. To Always have Update Apps Automatically Turned On in Store for All Users

    This step will override whatever users have set in Option One above.

    A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot belowstep 7)


     7. To Always have Update Apps Automatically Turned Off in Store for All Users

    This step will override whatever users have set in Option One above.

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

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    8. You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






    Turn On or Off Automatic Updates for Apps in Windows 10 Store OPTION THREE Turn On or Off Automatic Updates for Apps in Windows 10 Store
    To Turn On or Off Update Apps Automatically in Store for All Users using a REG file


    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

    This option does the same thing as Option Two above.

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

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsStore

    AutoDownload DWORD

    delete DWORD = default
    2 = always off
    4 = always on

    1. Do step 2 (default), step 3 (always on), or step 4 (always off) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Let Users Turn On or Off Update Apps Automatically in Store (default)

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    User_Choice_Store_Automatic_Download_Install_Updates.reg

    download


     3. To Always have Update Apps Automatically Turned On in Store for All Users

    This step will override whatever users have set in Option One above.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Always_On_Store_Automatic_Download_Install_Updates.reg

    download


     4. To Always have Update Apps Automatically Turned Off in Store for All Users

    This step will override whatever users have set in Option One above.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Always_Off_Store_Automatic_Download_Install_Updates.reg

    download

    5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

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

    9. If the Store app is open, then close and reopen it to apply.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    07 Aug 2015 #1

    Many thanks Shawn:)
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       07 Aug 2015 #2

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       28 Aug 2015 #3

    Shawn, there was an update to Store today or yesterday(Note: I have Home version):

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       28 Aug 2015 #4

    Hey Cliff, :)

    I'm sorry, but???
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       28 Aug 2015 #5

    Brink said: View Post
    Hey Cliff, :)

    I'm sorry, but???
    Your note at the top:
    NoteYou will not be able to turn off automatic app updates in the Store if you have a Windows 10 Home edition
    we can do it as of now:)

    http://www.softpedia.com/blog/micros...s-490321.shtml
    Last edited by Cliff S; 28 Aug 2015 at 10:43. Reason: Added link(yes sorry Softpedia)
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       28 Aug 2015 #6

    Ah, great news. Now if they will just do the same for Windows Update.
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       28 Aug 2015 #7

    Brink said: View Post
    Ah, great news. Now if they will just do the same for Windows Update.
    Yeah that would make a ton of people happy. I don't need it but, I respect choice 100%. And who knows maybe there will come an update that isn't good for one of my machines, so to have a choice(at least for non-critical or security updates) would be good.
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  •    06 Oct 2015 #8

    BTW - if Store Settings - App updates is set to "Off" - will then the "Store" entry be gone?
    ( gpedit.msc -> Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Store)

    will that then again result in Event Log 'Warnings'
    like
    [Warning]
    Event ID 3
    Source: Windows-ApplicationModel-Store-SDK
    Description: slot 'versionNotes' is not parented
    Function: MoveSlotToNewParent
    Source: D:\TB\6052\8375\src\src\Shared\UX\Controls\PDP\PageLayout.xaml.cs (86)

    or

    [Error]
    Event ID 1
    Source: Windows-ApplicationModel-Store-SDK
    Error loading user profile picutre: Url: hxxx//cid-efa795a44.users.storage.live.com/users/0x95a44/myprofile/expressionprofile/profilephoto:UserTileStatic/ProfileImage?ck=1&ex=24 Error: E_NETWORK_ERROR
    Error Code: -2147483648
    Function: UpdateHamburgerIdentityButtons
    Source: D:\TB\6052\8375\src\src\Shared\UX\Controls\HamburgerControl.xaml.cs (87)

    (note, the above http link has been edited)

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       06 Oct 2015 #9

    Hello tfwul, :)

    The group policy should not go away no matter what it's set to.
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