Windows 8 Tip: How To Disable Windows Store


Here is a quick tip on how to turn off Windows Store on your Windows 8 computer. Why? I don’t really know and care, but in case someone out there don’t like the idea of having a store inside their Windows. In fact, this tip is more for IT admins rather than a regular user.

It’s done through Group Policy Editor, therefore it can’t be done on Windows 8 and Windows RT edition. Since these two editions are made for consumers, it doesn’t make sense having to disable Windows Store anyway.

So let’s fire up Group Policy Editor first by typing “gpedit.msc” from the Start Screen.

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Press enter to open up the Local Group Policy Editor. Go to

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Store

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Double click “Turn off the Store applications“, select Enable, and click OK. The change should take affect right away, but if not, a simple log off and log back in should also do it. And once the change takes in place, you won’t be able to access Windows Store, unless you flip the setting through the same process.

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