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How To Turn Off the Store in Windows 8

If you’re the administrator of a computer running Windows 8 Pro, and have multiple users, there might be times when you want to disable the App Store. This option will prevent other users from accessing the store and purchasing or downloading apps.

Note: This method requires using Group Policy, which is only available in the Pro and Enterprise version of Windows 8. For more on features that are only available in the Pro version, check out our guide on the difference between Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows RT.

Disable Windows 8 App Store

To bring up Group Policy Editor, hit WinKey + R to bring up the Run dialog and type: gpedit.msc and click OK or hit Enter.


Then navigate to Local Computer Policy >> Administrative Templates >> Windows Components and select Store. Double click “Turn Off the Store Application” in the right pane.

Group Policy Editor

Change it from Not Configured to Enabled and click OK and close out of Group Policy Editor.


The Store icon will still be on the Start screen, but when it’s clicked, the following screen is displayed.

Store Not Available

If you want to hide the Store tile, just unpin it from the Start screen.

Unpin Store

If you want to enable the Store again, go into gpedit and switch it to Not Configured. Then re-pin the Store tile to the Start screen.

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