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In this guide, learn how to disable Microsoft Store in Windows 10 and prevent users from accessing Store app content. Also learn how to uninstall Store app.

In Windows 10, Microsoft Store app gives you the way to install new apps of your choice. There are tons of apps available via Store app. If you’ve have large number of computers most probably at your workplace or organization and you want to disable Store app, this article is for you.

How To Disable Microsoft Store In Windows 10

See, you’ve two methods to disable Store app. First method is via Group Policy, using which you can prevent users from accessing Store app. The Store app is still present but users are simply blocked to access its contents. Second method is to completely erase Store app from your Windows 10.

If you’re the administrator, you can try either of the methods to disable Store app.

How To Disable Microsoft Store In Windows 10

Method 1 – Via Group Policy

NOTE: This method will work only in Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions on V1511 or later. On V1507, it works on Windows 10 Pro editions as well. For other editions, refer Method 2 below.

1. Press W8K + R and put gpedit.msc in Run dialog box to open Local Group Policy Editor. Click OK.

Local Group Policy Editor

2. Next, in the GPO snap-in window, navigate here:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Store

How To Disable Microsoft Store In Windows 10

3. In the right pane of Data Collection and Preview Builds, look for the policy setting named Turn off the Store application. The policy is Not Configured by default. Double click on it to to modify its status:

How To Disable Microsoft Store In Windows 10

4. On the policy configuration window, you can set the policy to Enabled to disable access to Store app. Click Apply followed by OK. Close the GPO snap-in and reboot to make changes effective.

After reboot, users will see ‘The Store app is blocked‘ message, when they open Store app:

How To Disable Microsoft Store In Windows 10

Method 2 – Completely Remove/Uninstall Microsoft Store App Via PowerShell

This method works on all Windows 10 editions and versions.
Disclaimer: You must create System Restore point before you try this method. If you do not create System Restore point and try this method, you’ll need to perform repair upgrade to get Store app back.

1. Right click Start Button or press W8K + X keys and select Windows PowerShell (Admin).

2. In administrative Windows PowerShell window, paste following and press Enter key:

get-appxpackage *windowsstore* | remove-appxPackage

* This will remove Store app for currently logged in user. To remove Store app for all user accounts, run get-appxpackage -allusers *windowsstore* | remove-appxPackage cmdlet instead.

How To Disable Microsoft Store In Windows 10

3. Let the cmdlet execution complete which may take few seconds and you’ll see its progress as shown below. Once it is completed, close Windows PowerShell.

How To Disable Microsoft Store In Windows 10

You’ll now find that Store app is no longer available on your system.

That’s it!


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