Configure access to Microsoft Store

Applies to

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 10 Mobile

For more info about the features and functionality that are supported in each edition of Windows, see Compare Windows 10 Editions.

IT pros can configure access to Microsoft Store for client computers in their organization. For some organizations, business policies require blocking access to Microsoft Store.

Options to configure access to Microsoft Store

You can use these tools to configure access to Microsoft Store: AppLocker or Group Policy. For Windows 10, this is only supported on Windows 10 Enterprise edition.

Block Microsoft Store using AppLocker

Applies to: Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Education, Windows 10 Mobile

AppLocker provides policy-based access control management for applications. You can block access to Microsoft Store app with AppLocker by creating a rule for packaged apps. You'll give the name of the Microsoft Store app as the packaged app that you want to block from client computers.

For more information on AppLocker, see What is AppLocker? For more information on creating an AppLocker rule for app packages, see Create a rule for packaged apps.

To block Microsoft Store using AppLocker

  1. Type secpol in the search bar to find and start AppLocker.

  2. In the console tree of the snap-in, click Application Control Policies, click AppLocker, and then click Packaged app Rules.

  3. On the Action menu, or by right-clicking on Packaged app Rules, click Create New Rule.

  4. On Before You Begin, click Next.

  5. On Permissions, select the action (allow or deny) and the user or group that the rule should apply to, and then click Next.

  6. On Publisher, you can select Use an installed app package as a reference, and then click Select.

  7. On Select applications, find and click Store under Applications column, and then click OK. Click Next.

    Create a rule for packaged apps has more information on reference options and setting the scope on packaged app rules.

  8. Optional: On Exceptions, specify conditions by which to exclude files from being affected by the rule. This allows you to add exceptions based on the same rule reference and rule scope as you set before. Click Next.

Block Microsoft Store using Group Policy

Applies to: Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Education

Note

Not supported on Windows 10 Pro, starting with version 1511. For more info, see Knowledge Base article #3135657.

You can also use Group Policy to manage access to Microsoft Store.

To block Microsoft Store using Group Policy

  1. Type gpedit in the search bar to find and start Group Policy Editor.

  2. In the console tree of the snap-in, click Computer Configuration, click Administrative Templates , click Windows Components, and then click Store.

  3. In the Setting pane, click Turn off Store application, and then click Edit policy setting.

  4. On the Turn off Store application setting page, click Enabled, and then click OK.

Important

Enabling Turn off Store application policy turns off app updates from Microsoft Store.

Block Microsoft Store using management tool

Applies to: Windows 10 Mobile

If you have mobile devices in your organization that you upgraded from earlier versions of Windows Phone 8 to Windows 10 Mobile, existing policies created using the Windows Phone 8.1 configuration service providers (CSP) with your MDM tool will continue to work on Windows 10 Mobile. If you are starting with Windows 10 Mobile, we recommend using AppLocker to manage access to Microsoft Store app.

When your MDM tool supports Microsoft Store for Business, the MDM can use these CSPs to block Microsoft Store app:

For more information, see Configure an MDM provider.

Show private store only using Group Policy

Applies to Windows 10 Enterprise, version 1607, Windows 10 Education

If you're using Microsoft Store for Business and you want employees to only see apps you're managing in your private store, you can use Group Policy to show only the private store. Microsoft Store app will still be available, but employees can't view or purchase apps. Employees can view and install apps that the admin has added to your organization's private store.

To show private store only in Microsoft Store app

  1. Type gpedit in the search bar, and then select Edit group policy (Control panel) to find and start Group Policy Editor.

  2. In the console tree of the snap-in, go to User Configuration or Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components, and then click Store.

  3. Right-click Only display the private store within the Microsoft Store app in the right pane, and click Edit.

    This opens the Only display the private store within the Microsoft Store app policy settings.

  4. On the Only display the private store within the Microsoft Store app setting page, click Enabled, and then click OK.

Distribute apps using your private store

Manage access to private store