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How to Disable the Windows Store in Windows 8


The Windows Store is a great addition to Windows 8, but in true How-To Geek fashion we are here to show you how to disable it. There are a number of reasons you might want to do this, most notably if you are testing Windows 8 in a corporate environment.

Please note that we’re not recommending that you do this.

Disabling the Windows Store

Press the Windows + R key combination to bring up a run box, type gpedit.msc and hit enter.


Now you will need to drill down into:

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components


Once you expand Windows Components you need to select the settings for the “Store”.


On the right hand side you will see a setting that allows you to turn off the Windows Store, double click on it.


Now switch the radio button from “Not Configured” to “Enabled”,  then click on the OK button.


Now you will need to enforce the updated policy to take effect on your PC, to do this press the Windows + R key combination, when the run box open run:

gpupdate /force


Once you press enter you Local Group Policy will be automatically updated, now if you try launch the Windows Store you will notice it is disabled.


Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 04/26/12

Comments (2)

  1. zigwig

    Great Article, I honestly did not see this coming. Good Job Taylor.

  2. Kaessa

    Thank you! I lost the Store on my computer, and using this tip in reverse got it back for me.

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