How to Block Windows Store in Windows 10 Pro with Group Policy (even though the GP setting

May
10
2016

You might have read the news that it’s no longer possible to use the built-in Group Policy SETTING to prevent access to the Windows Store starting in Windows 10 / 1511 with some updates. I don’t make the news, I just report it.

The official article at Microsoft is ”Can’t disable Windows Store in Windows 10 Pro through Group Policy: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3135657“. Except, good news.. turns out there IS a way to prevent Windows Store from running with Windows 10 Pro.

Video: 

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UPDATE: Found another technique which works with “Software Restriction Policies”, which is a little less intense than using, say, AppLocker to do it. Personally, I prefer the method in MY video, but this alternate method using SRP should work a-ok for most people as well. Link to another blog / video.