How to Disable Windows 8 Store

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Windows Store is a warehouse for all Windows 8 apps and games. If you are the administrator of a network of PCs, and may not want users in the network to be distracted by the games and apps that are available on the Windows Store. In such cases, you may want to prevent users from downloading apps from the Store. The Local Group Policy Editor in Windows lets you disable certain functionality, as you may have seen in my tutorial on how to disable the lock screen in Windows 8. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to disable the Windows 8 Store, so that access to the Store in restricted to standard Windows users.

How to Disable the Windows 8 Store

To disable the Windows 8 Store:

1. Press Windows+R to open the run command.

2. In the text box, type gpedit.msc and press OK.

3. This will display the Local Group Policy Editor window. In that window, on the left pane, navigate to User Configuration-> Administrative Templates-> Windows Components-> Store.

How to Disable the Windows 8 Store

4. On the right pane, double click Turn off the Store application.

5. In the Turn off the Store application window, select Enabled and click OK.

6. Close the Local Policy Editor Window.

You’re done.

The next time users try to access Windows 8 Store, they will be receive an error message denying them access to the Windows 8 App Store.