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 Microsoft Store
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 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.
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:
Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP since then. 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.