How to Only Allow Apps from the Microsoft Store in Windows 10

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.

open windows 10 start menu

Step 2: Select the Settings icon at the bottom-left of the Start menu.

windows 10 settings menu

Step 3: Choose the Apps option.

windows 10 app installation permissions

Step 4: Click the dropdown menu under Installing apps, then choose the Allow apps from the Store only option.

only allow apps from microsoft store in windows 10

Is there a program installed on your computer that you no longer want or need? Find out how to uninstall a program that you no longer wish to have on your computer.

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