Disable access to, or Turn off Windows Store in Windows 10/8.1

We have seen how to disable Automatic App Updates in Windows 10/8. If you do not have any use for the Windows Store and never use any Windows Store apps, you may, if you wish, disable access to or turn off the Windows Store in Windows 10/8.1, using the Group Policy Editor.

Turn off or Disable Windows Store application

Using Group Policy Editor

To disable access to or turn off the Windows Store, type gpedit.msc in Run box and hit Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor. Navigate to the following setting:

Computer Configuration > Administartive Templates > Windows Components > Store

turn off Windows Store

Here, in the right pane, you will see the setting Turn off the Store application.

Double-click on it to open the Settings box, select Enabled and clicked Apply.

This setting denies or allows access to the Store application. If you enable this setting, access to the Store application is denied. Access to the Store is required for installing app updates. If you disable or don’t configure this setting, access to the Store application is allowed.

Exit Group Policy Editor.

Using Registry Editor

If your version of Windows does not have the Group Policy Editor, Run regedit and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor. Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsStore

Create a new DWORD value in the WindowsStore key. Name it RemoveWindowsStore and give it a value of 1. If the WindowsStore key does no exist, create it, first.

Restart your Windows 10/8.1 computer.

You will have disabled the Windows Store application, and if anyone tried to open it, they will receive the following message:

Windows Store isn’t available on this PC. Contact your system administrator for more information

Hope this helps.

NOTE: Our Ultimate Windows Tweaker will let you do this in a click!

UPDATE: In Windows 10 Pro v 1511 and later, you will find that you will not be able to disable Windows Store. It is available in Windows 10 Enterprise & Education only.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.