Different ways to disable or remove Microsoft Store

In many infrastructures, the Microsoft Store is disabled or removed completely from the machine. In this article we are going to take a look on the different methods you could use to achieve this.

 

Method 1: Group Policy

 

Probably the easiest method to disable the Store is via a Group Policy. To achieve this, open up the Group Policy Editor (or gpedit) and navigate to:
Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Store

In here, you can find the Turn off the Store Application setting. Double-click it and select Enabled.

 

Be aware that if you enable this option, application updates from the Microsoft store are also getting disabled.

 

Method 2: Registry

 

If Group Policy is not desired, you can achieve the same result by using the registry. To disable the Store via the registry, open up regedit and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft

In here, a new key called WindowsStore must be created. After the key has been created, create a new DWORD named RemoveWindowsStore and set its value to 1.

Be aware that if you enable this option, application updates from the Microsoft store are also getting disabled.

 

Method 3: Remove Store with PowerShell

This is not a recommended method from my point of view, but with a simple PowerShell cmdlet you can uninstall Microsoft Store completely. The command which must be used is:

Get-AppxPackage *windowsstore* | Remove-AppxPackage

Microsoft Store is an Appx package, and appx powershell cmdlets can be used to achieve different operations.

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