We have seen how to Disable Automatic App Updates in Windows 11/10/8. 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 11/10/8.1, using the Group Policy Editor.
Turn off or Disable Microsoft Store
You can use the Group Policy, AppLocker or the Registry Editor to enable or disable access to Microsoft Store in Windows 11/10. Do note that NOTE: starting with Windows 10 Pro v 1511, you will find that even after you apply the related Group Policy setting to Turn off the Store application, the setting does not get applied. Now, these policies are applicable to users of the Windows 11/10 Enterprise and Windows 11/10 Education editions only.
1] 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
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 click 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.
To re-enable it, you will have to select Not configured and exit.
2] 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:
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
To re-enable the Windows Store, give RemoveWindowsStore a value of 0.
Hope this helps.
3] Using AppLocker
You can block access to Microsoft Store app with AppLocker by creating a rule for packaged apps. You’ll give the name of the Microsoft Store app as the packaged app that you want to block from client computers.
NOTE: Our Ultimate Windows Tweaker will let you do this in a click!
I repeat – In Windows 11/10 Pro now and later, you will find that you will not be able to disable Windows Store. It is available in Windows 11/10 Enterprise & Education only.