Prevent Users & Client Computers Access To Windows Store In Windows 8

Its been a year now, since the release of Windows 8 and since its release, Windows 8 has the hot-spot for all the Windows related discussions. IT Administrators can control the availability and functionality of Windows Store to client computers, based on the business policies of their enterprise environment. In this article, I’ll tell you how to manage or prevent client and users access to Windows Store, using Registry Editor.

Managing client access to Windows Store

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You can easily configure this policy in PC Settings. Under Privacy, move down the slider for Help improve Windows Store by sending URLs for the web content that apps use to Off if you don’t want clients to have access to Windows Store.

This configurable for the standard users. We will also share how to handle the client access to Windows Store using the Registry. Here we go:

Prevent Clients From Accessing Windows Store Using Registry Editor

1. Press Windows Key + R combination, type put Regedt32.exe in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

2. Navigate here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

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3. In the left pane of this location, create a new key using Right click -> New -> Key. Name this key as AppHost. Now in the left pane of this newly created key, create a DWORD value using Right click -> New -> DWORD Value. Name the DWORD as EnableWebContentEvaluation. Double click on the DWORD to modify it, you’ll got this:

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4. Here a value of 1 indicates that telemetry is enabled, and a value of 0 indicates that it is disabled. Click OK after inputting your desired value. That’s it! Now onwards, your Windows 8 will behave in the manner you’ve just assigned it to handle clients as far as access to Windows Store is concerned.

Hope you find the tip useful.

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP in Windows - Consumer and a Microsoft Content Creator. He recommends that you create a system restore point first before tweaking the registry.
  • bandit

    Now that Windows 8.1 is out, it appears the privacy setting is no longer there. Have you been able to find settings applicable to 8.1?

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya

    ^^ In Windows 8.1, you can refer to registry manipulation. Unfortunately, seems like the option under the hood of PC Settings no longer exists.

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