Sunday, 13 May 2012

How to Disable The Windows 8 Store

This article is an easy-to-follow systematic guide, which will teach you to disable the Windows 8 store.

Although the Integrated apps store is one of the most significant features of the Windows 8 operating system, this free pack may become a major headache for the users who share their netbooks with their family members or others. Installing several apps and games could increase the installation size and mess up the operating environment. To prevent such disasters, you can disable the Windows 8 Store, by changing the Local Group Policy.

Step 1: Invoke the Local Group Policy.

Press the Windows Key+R to open up the run box dialog. Here, you must decide whether you are implementing this change for all users, specific users / groups, or for all users except administrators.

If you are implementing this change for all users, type gpedit.msc in the run box dialog and press Enter. For this article, we will continue the implementation of the Local Group Policy for all users.

However, if you intend to implement the change for specific users/groups or for all users except administrators, type mmc.exe in the run box dialog and hit Enter.

In both cases above, you may be questioned by the UAC whether you want to allow the program to make changes to your computer. Say Yes, and continue.


Step 2: Enter the Windows Components.

This will allow you to go down into User Configuration, from there to Administrative Templates, and finally to Windows Components.

Step3: Go to the Windows Store.


Under the Windows Components, you will find the option Store.


Step 4: Turn off the Store.

On the right-hand side, under the Store column, you can see the option to turn off the Store, which was not configured initially. To configure it, you will have to double-click on the option.

This will bring you to three radio buttons as shown below. Initially, the button Not Configured will be marked. You must switch the button from Not Configured to Enabled. Click OK once this is done.

Step5: Make it Effective.

To allow this action to take effect, you need to enforce the updated policy. Press Windows Key+R again to open the run box dialog. In the run box, you must type gpupdate /force, and click on OK.

Step 6: Testing time

After you have run through the steps above, you would have disabled your Windows Store. To test this try the Windows Store, you should get a message as shown below -
Thus, you have successfully disabled Windows 8 App Store.

However, if you are not sure, whether you will be able to carry out all the steps above and not mess up, there is an even easier method.

You can download a reg file from here. Save the downloaded file onto your desktop. Double-click on this reg file. Now click on Run and say Yes to the UAC prompt. To finish, you will need one Yes and one more OK, before you are done.

You may delete the reg file you downloaded, from your desktop, now, if you like.

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