Turn Off or Disable Store Apps in Windows 8

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If your Windows 8 has multiple users, then sometimes you might not favour other users having the access to App Store in Windows 8 as there are chances of installing unnecessary Apps that might take up much space in system HDD. Here is the tutorial how you can enable or Disable Windows 8 App Store.Store Disabled windows 8Windows 8 includes many features for the benefit of users. App store is one such feature that enables you to download and customize your PC. Using the steps described below, you can enable or disable access to the Apps Store for all or only specified users in Windows 8.

Steps to be followed before you follow the procedure to Enable or Disable Store:

  • You must have Administrative privileges or sign-in as an administrator to perform the steps below.
  • You must sign-in to Windows 8 using Microsoft Account with Windows Live ID email address. By doing this you will be allowed to download and install Metro style apps to your user account in Windows 8 from the Windows Store.
  • Windows 8 Apps require a minimum screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768 and Internet Connection.
  • Enable UAC and Windows Firewall.

Steps to Enable (Show) or Disable (Hide) Windows 8 App Store

Enable or Disable Windows 8 Store using Group Policy

  • Open the specific account for which you want to disable Store or apply Local Group Policy.
  • Press Windows + R, type in gpedit.msc and hit enter. This will open group policy editor
  • In the left navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Store

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  • In the right pane, double click on Turn off the Store application option
  • Now to enable “Store” in Windows 8 user Account, in the new window that appears select the radio button besides Disabled or Not Configured and hit OK

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  • If you want to Disable “Store” in Windows 8, select Enabled and click Apply/OK and close the Local Group Policy Editor window.

Once you have completed all the steps you can now sign-in to the user account and see that Apps Store has been disabled if you opt to disable in the procedure described above.

However, group policy is only available in Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise editions. If group policy is not available to your version of Windows, you can follow the procedure using registry

Enable or Disable Windows Store using Registry file

  • To Enable “Store” for All Users in Windows 8, open Notepad and copy paste the entries

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  • Now, save the file with a name Enable Windows Store with an extension .reg
  • To Disable “Store” for All Users, copy the following the entries in Notepad

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  • Save the file by naming it as disable store with an extension .reg file to the desktop.
  • Next, Double click on the required .reg file to merge it with registry.
  • Upon prompted by UAC, click on Yes
  • If prompted by any other prompts, simply hit Yes.

Once you disable the Store, Users won’t be able to access the Windows 8 store Apps.

Upon following the tutorial here you can now Enable or Disable Store in Windows 8 whenever you wish to Allow or Prevent the access of Store Apps in Windows 8.


Priyanka contributes to the Computer and Gadgets section on Techcular.

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