The Microsoft Store allows Windows 10 users to find and download applications and games onto their machines. This is not ideal on a corporate environments/professional businesses due to the possibility of a user downloading malicious software or games which would result in the loss of productivity.

The Microsoft Store

So here is a small guide on how to disable the Microsoft Store for all users using Windows 10 Enterprise Local Group Policy.

A cluttered Start Menu full of unwanted apps/games.

For the sake of this article I am going to use Local Group Policy but this can also be done using Server Side Group Policy. So lets start by opening our Local Group Policy Editor:

In Search type gpedit.msc and hit Enter

Now within the Group Policy Editor we need to drill down and find the Microsoft Store and Disable it. Under Local Computer Policy we need to select Administrative Templates.

Computer Configuration in Group Policy

With Administrative Templates now open we must now select Windows Components

Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates in Group Policy

Now that we have Windows Components open we need to scroll down the list and find Store

The Windows Components list within Group Policy

When you select the Store within the Windows Components you will see a list of options in the tab to the right. You will see an option to Turn off the Store application. Double click it to edit the available options.

Turn off the Store application in Group Policy

When you click on the Turn off Store application a new box will open with the options to Enable/Disable this option. Selecting Enable is what we want. Disabling/Not Configuring will allow users to continue to use the Microsoft Store.

So select Enabled and press Apply & OK

Before these changes can take effect you will need to Reboot the system. When you log back on and attempt to launch the Microsoft Store you should see something like the below:

A Blocked Microsoft Store

This should stop users from accessing un-approved Applications & Games.