In this post, we will discuss the possibilities & options that you may have to disable, remove, uninstall or reinstall the Microsoft Store in Windows 11/10. The Windows Store is a useful app that allows you to download, install and update Windows UWP apps. While it serves a very useful purpose, there are some who have no use for it and are looking for a way to disable or remove it.
Microsoft does not support removing, uninstalling, or reinstalling of its digital distribution platform – Microsoft Store in Windows 11/10. The Microsoft Store made its debut as the primary means of distributing Universal Windows Platform apps. While some apps are available for free, other apps charge a fee for their monthly/yearly use. It is also considered a one-stop destination to get the games and entertainment for your Xbox One.
Can you disable or uninstall Microsoft Store in Windows 11/10?
Removing the Microsoft Store from Windows 11/10 is not supported or recommended, says Microsoft, as it may cause unintended consequences. So as such, there is no supported workaround to uninstall or reinstall Microsoft Store. This behavior is by design.
if a user has uninstalled Microsoft Store by any means and now wants to reinstall it, then the only Microsoft-supported method is to reset or reinstall the operating system. This will reinstall the Microsoft Store properly.
IT professionals can configure access to Microsoft Store or limit and block it on Windows 11/10 Enterprise and Windows 11/10 Education editions only. The ways to block access mentioned are:
- Block Microsoft Store using AppLocker
- Block Microsoft Store using Group Policy
- Block Microsoft Store using Management tool
- Show private store only using Group Policy.