I have enabled the Group Policy "Turn off the Store application", but I can still download apps from Windows Store

heeha45 41 Reputation points
2021-09-07T08:01:20.087+00:00

Dear all, i aimed at disabling user from accessing windows store.

I have enabled the Group Policy "Turn off the Store application", but I can still download apps from Windows Store.

I have also modified the setting in registry "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsStore:RemoveWindowsStore" to one. Still no effect.

I have detached my PC from my work domain and workgroup. But the setting still doesn't take effect. Any help?

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windows version: windows 10 Pro 10.0.19042 Build 19042
system type: x64-based PC

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  1. Limitless Technology 39,476 Reputation points
    2021-09-08T13:05:27.48+00:00

    Hello @heeha45

    This is because disabling that way the Store is only possible for Education or Enterprise editions of Windows 10.

    I would suggest 2 ways:

    GPO:
    From: COMPUTER CONFIGURATION > POLICIES > WINDOWS SETTINGS > SECRURITY SETTINGS > SOFTWARE RESTRICTION POLICIES >
    Create a New Rule that disallows: %programfiles%\WindowsApps\Microsoft.WindowsStore*
    (the * wildcard is because Microsoft have been changing the path to the Store in the last years so you want to cover all changes)

    Registry key:
    From: >> Expand KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsStore >>Right click and >> select NEW >> REG_DWORD >> Name it RemoveWindowsStore >> Set the value to 1

    Script to populate the registry key through logon Script:
    $RegKeyPath = "HKLM:\KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsStore"
    $StoreItem = "RemoveWindowsStore"
    $StatusValue = "1"
    New-Item -Path $RegKeyPath -Force | Out-Null
    New-ItemProperty -Path $RegKeyPath -Name $StoreItem -Value $StatusValue -PropertyType REG_DWORD -Force | Out-Null

    Hope this helps!
    Best regards,

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  1. Limitless Technology 39,476 Reputation points
    2021-09-07T13:13:50.723+00:00

    Hello @heeha45

    I would suggest you to use below PowerShell

    Get-AppxPackage -name "windowsstore" -user "username" | Remove-AppxPackage

    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/module/appx/get-appxpackage?view=win10-ps

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