How to Block Installation of Non-Windows Store Apps on Windows 10

Ben Stegner 06-04-2017

Installing software is one of the most common ways that malware attacks your computer. Whether there’s a nasty piece of ransomware hiding in the installation file or the program itself is spyware, keeping an eye on what you install is the best way to keep your computer safe.


We’ve shown several methods to keep other users from installing software on your computer How to Block Users from Installing Software on Your Windows Computer "Resistance is futile...." is not something you'll want to hear from a PC. When too many people access your computer, it's best to restrict the Windows Installer. We show you how. Read More . Coming soon in the Windows 10 Creators Update is a new option you can enable to restrict installed software to Windows Store apps only. This blocks users from installing traditional desktop software off of the internet.

You probably won’t want this if you’re a power user, since the Windows Store is full of dead apps How Dead Apps Are Drowning the Windows Store Dead apps are everywhere in the Windows Store. Why are apps abandoned, how does it affect users, and how could Microsoft solve this dilemma? We analyze the sad state of the Windows Store. Read More and doesn’t contain much of the best Windows software. However, those with young children using the computer can enable this setting to restrict kids to using the (theoretically) safer apps on the Store.

To turn this on, open Settings > Apps and then click the Apps & Features tab. Where you see the Choose where apps can be installed from heading, click the drop-down box. Change this setting to Allow apps from the Store only. If you like, you can instead select Prefer apps from the Store, but allow apps from anywhere. This displays a warning when installing non-Store programs, but won’t block them.

Macs contain a similar setting that only allows software installs from verified publishers by default, so it’s not surprising to see Windows do the same. If you haven’t tried any Store apps before, find out how they compare to their desktop counterparts Desktop vs. Microsoft Store Apps: Which Should You Download? Should you get your Windows apps from the Microsoft Store, or use traditional desktop programs? Here are the main differences. Read More .


Do you regularly use any Store apps? Would this setting help you protect inexperienced users of your computer? Tell us in the comments!

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Related topics: Parental Control, Windows 10, Windows Tricks.

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  1. Doc
    April 6, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    I'd rather uninstall all the UWP crap and block the Store.
    The UWP platform is just the newest version of the bloated .NET framework...bigger, slower. memory-hungry crap.

  2. Pierre
    April 6, 2017 at 9:50 am

    don't actually know of anyone who does indeed install from Store Apps
    - they're all non Store Apps
    like in the days of win-XP.