Application Installation Control feature in Windows 10

Windows 10 brings many new features to the table. All of them, to an extent, have been a product of users’ feedback program. We have covered some of them in detail. Today we will cover the Application Installation Control feature, that lets you block third-party app installations.

Application Installation Control in Windows 10

Application Installation Control windows 10

Application Installation Control is a feature that prevents installation of unnecessary applications. The feature can be managed via ‘Settings’ app, specifically in the ‘Apps & features’ section that appears in all versions of Windows 10 Builds. The latest build displays a new entry that allows the user to permit certain apps

  1. To be installed from anywhere
  2. To only allow apps from the Windows Store.
  3. To “prefer apps that are outside Windows Store but allow them to be installed from anywhere.

To manage apps, click on ‘Start’ button, choose ‘Settings’. Next, select the ‘Apps’ Windows setting. It allows you to uninstall apps, set some as defaults and configure optional features related to them.

Then, under ‘Apps & Features’ look for ‘Installing Apps’ section. When found, hit the drop-down arrow and select anyone of the given options. When you choose either of the Store options, you’ll see a warning cautioning you to install a non-Store app. Instead, the warning will direct you to the Store where you can download an alternate app if available.

In some cases, when there’s already an equivalent app in the Store, the warning will provide you the link to that app.

Please note that the feature to allow installation of apps from anywhere is disabled by default but you can enable it anytime. Basically, the objective behind this is to limit the system to run only Universal Windows Apps or desktop apps that have been authenticated by the Windows Store.

Moreover, for using the latter option, administrator rights are required. Therefore, a user with a standard account cannot effect the changes and have to install apps from Windows Store.  That said, all the existing desktop apps installed prior to changing the settings will still run.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, 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.