Disable/Block Microsoft Store in Windows: [7 Ways]

The Microsoft Store app is pre-installed on Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices, allowing users to download apps and games. However, your organizational security policies may require all applications to be managed centrally using Intune or SCCM. As a solution, you may choose to Completely disable Store access for all users.

In this blog post, I will guide you through multiple methods to disable or block the Microsoft Store app on both Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices. The steps given will work on various Editions of Windows like Home, Pro, and Enterprise.

Why Disable or Block Microsoft Store?

While the Store app is valuable, hosting numerous productive applications, there are compelling reasons to consider disabling or turning it off. Here are the two most important ones:

  1. Central Management of Application Lifecycle – Many organizations prefer centralizing the deployment lifecycle of applications using tools like Intune, SCCM, etc. Hence, they may opt to disable Store access.
  1. Productivity – Blocking Store access can be a practical decision in an enterprise environment due to the presence of non-production apps in Microsoft Store, which may potentially hinder productivity.

Methods to Disable or Block Microsoft Store Access

To disable Microsoft Store access for users in your organization, you can utilize various methods, and the choice will depend on how you manage your organization’s devices. Let’s explore all the methods below:

  1. Using Active Directory Group Policy Object (GPO)
  2. Using Local Group Policy Editor
  3. Using Windows Registry
  4. Using Powershell
  5. Using Intune admin center
  6. Using Local Security Policy Editor
  7. Using the Settings App

Method 1 – Disable Microsoft Store using Active Directory GPO

This method is suitable if you are managing organizational devices through an On-premise Active Directory or for Entra Hybrid Join type of devices. You can create a Group policy object and link it an OU containing your target Windows 10/11 devices. Let’s check the steps:

  • Login on the Domain Controller using domain administrator rights.
  • Press Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  • Type gpmc.msc and press Enter to open the Group Policy Management Console.
  • Navigate to the Group Policy Objects folder and right-click on it, Select New to create a new Group Policy Object. Provide a Name of the Policy and click on OK.
  • Right-click on the newly created GPO and click on Edit.
  • Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative templates > Windows Components > Store
  • Select “Turn off the Store application” and Edit this setting.
  • Select Enabled to enable this setting and press OK.
  • The last step is to Link the GPO to an OU containing Windows devices.
Disable Microsoft Store using Active Directory GPO
Disable Microsoft Store using Active Directory GPO

You could use a corresponding setting from a User configuration node of the Group policy to target only specific users. Navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Store > Turn off the Store. After you configure this GPO, link it to an OU containing users.

Turn Off the Store setting under User Configuration node of the GPO.

You could get an Issue where you are unable to Disable Microsoft Store in Windows 10 Pro using Group Policy (GPO). This is applicable for Windows 10, ver 1511, Windows 10, ver1809, or Windows 10, ver1903. You will find that the GPO setting “Turn off the Store application” is not working.

Please note that this is by design, “Turn off the Store application” is only applicable to Enterprise and Education editions only.

Method 2 – Disable Microsoft Store using Local Group Policy Editor

This method is appropriate for manually disabling Store access on a limited number of devices and requires direct access to the Windows devices. Let’s check the steps:

  • Login on the Windows device on which you want to disable Microsoft Store App
  • Press the Windows key + R together to open the Run dialog box.
  • Type gpedit.msc and press Enter to open Local Group Policy Editor.
  • Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative templates > Windows Components > Store.
  • Select “Turn off the Store application” and Edit this setting.
  • Select Enabled to enable this setting and press OK.
  • Restart your device.
Disable Microsoft Store using Local Group Policy Editor
Disable Microsoft Store using Local Group Policy Editor

Method 3 – Disable Microsoft Store using Registry Editor

Another method to disable Store Access for users on Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices is to use Registry Editor. This method will require direct access and admin rights on the device. Let’s check the steps:

  • Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  • Type regedit and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsStore. (Create WindowsStore registry Key if it does not exist).
  • Create a DWORD registry entry called RemoveWindowsStore and set its value to 1 to disable it.
  • Restart your device.

To enable it again, set the DWORD registry entry RemoveWindowsStore value to 0 and restart the device.

To Enable Store Access again
Disable Microsoft Store using Registry Editor
Disable Microsoft Store using Registry Editor

Method 4 – Disable Microsoft Store using PowerShell

You can also utilize Powershell to disable Microsoft Store Access on a Windows 10 or Windows 11 device. This method also can be utilized when you are on a Windows 10 Home PC. Let’s check the steps:

  • Launch the Powershell console as an administrator.
  • Copy the below command and paste it into the console and Press Enter.

Remove Microsoft Store App

Get-AppxPackage -allusers *WindowsStore* | Remove-AppxPackage
Disable Microsoft Store using PowerShell
Disable Microsoft Store using PowerShell

In case, you want to re-install Microsoft Store app then you could execute below command on the Powershell console.

Re-Install Microsoft Store App

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers| Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

Method 5 – Disable Microsoft Store using Intune

You can also easily block or disable Microsoft Store Access using the Intune admin center. The best method to disable it is by creating a Device configuration profile and using a Settings Catalog policy setting called “Turn off the Store application“.

Disable Microsoft Store using Intune
Disable Microsoft Store using Intune

Another method to disable Microsoft Store access involves utilizing the OMA-URI setting through the creation of a custom Device configuration profile. Detailed explanations of both methods are provided in my other blog post: “Disable Microsoft Store Apps in Windows using Intune“. Please note that this setting also blocks Winget.

If you want to Block or disable Microsoft Store apps using Intune except Winget, You can refer to the guide: Block Microsoft Store apps using Intune except winget.

Method 6 – Disable Microsoft Store using Local Security Policy Editor

To block or disable Microsoft Store access, you can use Software Restriction Policies available in the Local Security Policy Editor on Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices. Let’s examine the steps:

  • Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  • Type secpol.msc and press Enter to open Local Security Policy Editor.
  • Right-click on Software Restriction Policies and click on New Software Restriction Policies.
Disable Microsoft Store using Local Security Policy Editor
Disable Microsoft Store using Local Security Policy Editor
  • Right-click on Additional Rules and then click on “New Path Rule…”.
Disable Microsoft Store using Local Security Policy Editor
Disable Microsoft Store using Local Security Policy Editor
  • Copy and Paste %programfiles%\WindowsApps\Microsoft.WindowsStore* in the Path field.
Disable Microsoft Store using Local Security Policy Editor
Disable Microsoft Store using Local Security Policy Editor
  • Reboot your computer and then try to access the Microsoft Store. Store Access will be blocked.

Method 7 – Disable Microsoft Store App using Settings App

Another manual method to disable the Microsoft Store app involves using the Settings app on both Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices. Let’s review the steps:

  • Press the Windows key + I keys to open the Settings App
  • Go to Apps > Installed Apps
  • Scroll down and click on System Components under Related settings.
  • Next to Microsoft Store, Click on three dots and select Remove.

End-user Experience

Regardless of the method chosen to disable Store access, when users attempt to launch the Microsoft Store app, they will encounter the following error message:

End-user Experience
End-user Experience

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