We know that Windows 10 can set the system to install only apps from the Microsoft App Store, and by this method, you can protect your computer from being installed with various software indiscriminately. So, in order to achieve some kind of restriction, can we in turn restrict users from downloading apps from the Microsoft App Store?
o Simple settings to block downloading apps
The Microsoft App Store requires a Microsoft account to sign in to download apps, so if the current computer needs to disable downloading apps, then just open the Microsoft App Store and log out of your current login account (Figure 1). In addition, we can also use a local account to sign in to Windows 10, which can achieve the same purpose.
o The permission to block the app store from launching
The above method is simple, but since it does not block the Microsoft App Store from running, it cannot be restricted if the user using our computer registers a Microsoft account on his own. At this point, you can block the Microsoft App Store by using the permissions that come with the system.
Since the Microsoft App Store is located in “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps”, by default the current user does not have access rights, you need to start a command prompt as an administrator first and enter the following command to get the rights.
takeown /f “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps”
cacls “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps” /g administrators:f
Then start the Microsoft App Store, open the Task Manager to find the “Windows Store” process, right-click and select “Open File Location”, you can see that the Microsoft App Store corresponds to “C: \Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.WindowsStore_12006.1001.1.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\WinStore.App.exe” this program (Figure 2).
Microsoft.WindowsStore_12006.1001.1.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe “12006.1001.1.0” means the version number of Microsoft App Store, and the version number displayed on different versions of computers is different. The version number displayed on different versions of computers is different. After launching Microsoft App Store, click “…” at the top right, scroll to “About this app” in the page that opens, and open “C:\ Program Files\WindowsApps\” by the version number shown here. Program Files\WindowsApps\” under the corresponding version folder, you can locate the actual “WinStore.App.exe” program.
As above, use the above command to obtain permissions for this file, then remove all users in the Permissions Settings window so that no user can run the Microsoft App Store (Figure 3).
After completing the above settings, when users try to start Microsoft App Store, they can only see a flash of the program interface, and cannot start Microsoft App Store; and enter the above window to run “WinStore.App.exe”, the system also prompts insufficient permissions to run (Figure 4). If you do need to run later, then use the above method to add the current user full control permissions.