Thursday, 1 August 2013

How to block access to Windows Store for specific users in windows 8

The Windows Store allow you download apps for Windows 8 either for free or for a pre-specified sum. But if you don't want other users to install any apps due to security reasons, or want to prevent the purchase option, you can completely block access to the Windows Store for a user account by simply adding an entry to the Windows Registry.
To do this, change to Desktop view and press [Windows]+[R]. Then enter ‘regedit”, press the [Enter] button and confirm the User Access Control dialogue with “Yes”. Navigate to the key “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsStore”.
If the entry doesn't exist, create it. Click in the right pane of the registry and create the new entry 'Remove Windows Store' by clicking on 'Process | New | DWORD value'.
Now open the new entry by double-clicking on it, change the value to '1' and press the 'OK' button. Close the registry editor and restart the computer. In order to restore access to the Windows Store, change this entry's value in the registry editor to '0' or simply delete the entry.

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