How to Enable the Windows 8 Store on “Windows To Go”

Windows 8 App Store

If you’re using Windows 8 To Go, the app store won’t be available until you adjust the settings outlined in this groovy guide.

Microsoft Store in the bag

Windows To Go gives Windows 8 a lot of portability, but by default it doesn’t have access to the Microsoft App Store. Thankfully it doesn’t take any fancy tricks or hacks to enable the Store, just a Registry fix. And better yet, you can use the Local Group Policy Editor GUI to automatically adjust the Registry for you. Here’s how to enable the Windows Store.

Open up the Start Screen on your Windows 8 To Go workspace and type: gpedit.msc to search for it. It should appear as the only result in the apps list.

Tip: To open All Apps search from the desktop press Windows Key + Q

open gpedit from win 8 search

The gpedit.msc snap-in is also known as the Local Group Policy Editor. Browse to the permissions listed under Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Store and open up the entry titled “Allow Store to install apps on the Windows To Go workspaces.”

gpedit store Windows To Go settings

Now just mark the setting for this permission as Enabled and click OK to save changes.

set store to enabled

The Microsoft App Store will now be available from your Windows To Go workspace. Groovy!

Microsoft Apps Store enabled on Windows To Go

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