Removing the Windows Store App in Windows 10

You may want to hide the Windows Store App in Windows 10. You can achieve this goal by GPO and Windows PowerShell.

Disabling Store App

Open the GPMC console and navigate to:

  • User Configuration
    • Policies
      • Administrative Templates
        • Windows Components
          • Store

Open the “Turn off the Store application” policy and select “enabled“.

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Now, try to open the Windows Store, and you will see the following warning:

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Another option is AppLocker. You can block the Windows Store App from GPMC Editor:

  • Computer Configuration
    • Policies
      • Administrative Templates
        • Windows Settings
          • Security Settings
            • Application Control Policies
              • AppLocker

appblocker

 

Removing Store App

Use Windows PowerShell to completely remove the Windows Store App in Windows 10:

The above command uninstalls the Windows Store App for all user accounts. If you want to remove the Store for a specific user account, use the following command:

Now If you want to completely uninstall the Store App from the Windows image on your machine, use this command:

Note: It means that when you will create a new user account on the machine, Windows Store will not be available.

Hiding Store Apps from TaskBar

To finish, you can also remove the Windows Store App from the TaskBar. Go to:

  • User Configuration
    • Policies
      • Administrative Templates
        • Start Menu and Taskbar

Open the “Show Store apps on the taskbar” policy and select “Disabled“. Note this policy will also remove all the Store Apps from the taskbar.

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I work as a System Engineer, based in Switzerland with a primary focus on Microsoft technologies. I have 8 years experience in administering Windows Servers. . I am a Microsoft MVP for Cloud & Datacenter Management. I also received the PowerShell Hero 2016 award by PowerShell.0rg. And finally, I am "MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure", "MCSA: Windows Servers", "Administering & Deploying SCCM", and CheckPoint CCSA certified.