How to Block Windows Store in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019

Windows Store is a software platform owned by Microsoft that gives us the possibility to download different apps for personal and business purposes. It is available since Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. Sometimes, there is a need to disable Windows Store from running, which means the user will not be able to download and install any apps from Windows Store. In this kind of scenario, especially in a business environment, we will need to disable the Windows Store.

There are multiple ways to disable Windows Store on Windows 10 machines. In case your Windows 10 machine is part of decentralized network infrastructure such as Workgroup, you can disable Windows Store by using Local Group Policy or AppLocker. We will cover both ways in this article.

In case your Windows 10 machine is part of Domain infrastructure, then you can disable Windows Store directly from Windows Server that acts as Domain Controller.

The disabled Windows Store will also reflect on installed app updates.

1. Block Windows Store using Local Group Policy in Windows 10

In case you want to disable Windows Store on a Windows machine that is not part of domain infrastructure, but workgroup, you would need to do it using Local Group Policy. We will show you how to do it on Windows 10 machine, but this procedure is also compatible with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. If you have several machines that are part of the same Workgroup, you will need to repeat the procedure on each Windows machine.

  1. Right click on Start Menu and click on Run
  2. Type msc and press Enter
  3. Expand Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Store
  4. Right click on Turn off the Store application and then click on Edit
  5. Select Enabled, click on Apply, and then click OK. If you enable this setting, access to the Store application is denied. If you disable or do not configure this setting, access to the Store application is allowed.
  6. Right click on the Start menu and then click on Windows PowerShell (Admin). In case you do not see Windows PowerShell (Admin), but Command Prompt (Admin), you can do it also in that way.
  7. Type gpupdate /force and press In this step, we will force an update for the configured policy, so that Windows Store is disabled. We can also do the same by restarting the Windows machine. As you can see, in our case, the computer policy update has completed successfully. The Windows Store is blocked.

2. Block Windows Store using AppLocker in Windows 10

The second way of disabling Windows Store or any other application is by using AppLocker. We will show you how to do it on Windows 10 machine, but this procedure is also compatible with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. If you have several machines that are part of the same Workgroup, you will need to repeat the procedure on each Windows machine.

  1. Left click on Start menu and type secpol to open Local Security Policy
  2. Right click on secpol and click on Run as administrator
  3. Expand Application Control Policies > AppLocker and then click Packaged app Rules
  4. Right click on Packaged app Rules and then click on Create New Rule
  5. Under Before Your Begin click on Next
  6. Under Permissions click on Action > Deny to block Windows Store
  7. Under User a group choose the user or group which should not be able to run Windows Store. We will apply this rule to Everyone.
  8. Click on Next
  9. Select on Use an installed packages app as a reference and then click on Select
  10. Select Windows Store from the list and then click on OK.
  11. Click on Next
  12. Under Exceptions click on Next.
  13. Under Name and Description type the name and description (optional) and then click on Create
  14. You have successfully created a policy. The Windows Store is blocked.

3. Block Windows Store using Group Policy Management in Windows Server 2019

The most convenient way of configuring or disabling Windows Store or any other application is by using Group Policy Management in Domain infrastructure. The requirement is that all Windows 10 machines are part of the same domain. Once you configure a group policy on your Domain Controller, you will be able to distribute it on thousands of Windows machines in a few clicks. We will show you how to do it on Windows Server 2019, but this procedure is also compatible with Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016.

  1. Open Server Manager
  2. Click on Tools and then click Group Policy Management
  3. Expand forest
  4. Right click on the domain and then click New Organizational Unit. We will create a new OU. In case you already have dedicated OU for certain Windows machines, you can create a policy in that OU and apply on all machines.
  5. Type the name of the OU and then click on OK
  6. Right click on OU and then click on Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here
  7. Type the name of a new group policy and then click on OK
  8. Right click on group policy and then click on Edit
  9. Expand User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Store
  10. Right click on Turn off the Store application and then click on Edit
  11. Select Enabled and then click on Apply and then OK. If you enable this setting, access to the Store application is denied. If you disable or do not configure this setting, access to the Store application is allowed.
  12. Right click on the Start menu and then click on Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  13. Type gpupdate /force and press In this step, we will force an update for the configured policy, so that Windows Store is disabled on target machines. The applied group policy will be available on Windows 10 machines after reboot. As you can see, in our case, the computer policy update has completed successfully. The Windows Store is blocked.

Jasmin Kahriman


Hi, I'm Jasmin. Thank you for reading the article below. I am a System Engineer and IT Trainer with over 10 years of experience. I am holding multiple IT certifications focused on IT Infrastructure, including CompTIA A+, Network+, Server +, CNIP, MTA, MCP, MCSA, MS, IT Academy and many others. I'm happy to share my knowledge and skills through addressing tech issues and writing how-to's in a way that it can be followed by everyone.

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