Does your computer get used by other people, some of whom might make questionable decisions or click things they shouldn’t? While you can take steps to limit the capabilities they have with their user account, you can also enable a feature where apps can only be downloaded from the Microsoft Store.
By blocking program installation for apps outside of the store, you are decreasing the likelihood of a dangerous application being installed on your computer. Our tutorial below will show you where to find this setting and enable it in Windows 10.
How to Block Installation of Apps Outside the Microsoft Store
The steps in this article were performed on a laptop running the Windows 10 operating system. By completing these steps you will only be able to install applications through the Microsoft Store.
Step 1: Click the Start menu at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
Step 2: Select the Settings icon at the bottom-left of the Start menu.
Step 3: Choose the Apps option.
Step 4: Click the dropdown menu under Installing apps, then choose the Allow apps from the Store only option.
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