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

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.

To re-enable it, you will have to select Not configured and exit.

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

To re-enable the Windows Store, give RemoveWindowsStore a value of 0.

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.

12 Comments

  1. Paras Sidhu

    Or alternatively use UWT 3? 🙂

  2. Andrey de Oliveira

    Is there a possibility to prevent users from changing their local unprivileged account to a Microsoft account? Disable the store will make this possible?

  3. That is an interesting question. I may be wrong, but I do not think this will help.

  4. Mike

    Didn’t work using the registry on Windows 8.1

  5. sinfoman

    YYYYEEEESSSSSS!!!! God bless you! 😉

  6. Aldrin Yankovich

    my business was wanting DS-82 this month and discovered a web service with a lot of sample forms . If you require DS-82 as well , here’s a https://goo.gl/lgErHs

  7. TrialMacameau

    You actually can uninstall the Store with CCleaner as this program lists every Windows Apps to be uninstalled along with your programs

  8. Glen Gabel

    I tried this but I don’t have a group policy on my laptop and when I use regedit I couldn’t find the windows Store key under Microsoft…what am I doing wrong?

  9. kaleb schumaker

    What if I want to re-enable the store?

  10. Simply reverse the changes made. I have edited the post to add this part.

  11. kaleb schumaker

    Thanks for the reply! I actually ended up figuring this out. It just took time and I was being impatient.

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