The updated Microsoft Store for Windows 11 has countless applications that were previously available in the Android Play Store. Now users can enjoy almost all the Android apps on their Windows system. With this feature, Windows allows its users to block access to the Microsoft Store for specific users.

If you want to prevent users from accessing the Windows Store on your Windows system, then you’re in the right place. From now on, it will not be difficult and will not allow anyone using your system to install more apps on your Windows. In this article, we will teach you how to disable users from accessing the Microsoft Store. Let’s have a look.

Method 1: Disable Access to the Microsoft Store in Windows 11 using Group Policy

If you need to block specific users from accessing your Microsoft Store, you need to edit Group Policy Editor. To do so,

  • Firstly, open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows +R altogether.
  •  And in the given text box, type “gpedit.msc” and press the OK.
  • In the new window, you can go to the following path, 

Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components and then select the Store

  • Now from the right side, double-click on the Turn off the Store application to expand it.
  • And click on the radio button beside the Enabled option from the left pane menu to block users from accessing Microsoft Store.
  • Once done, click on the Apply and OK buttons respectively to save all the changes and restart the system.

Note: If you want to restore the change and allow users to access the Microsoft Store, you need to follow the steps above and select the ‘Not Configured’ option instead of the Enabled option.

Method 2: Disable Access to the Microsoft Store in Windows 11 using Registry Editor

  • Firstly, press Windows + R to launch the RUN dialog box, and in the text box, type “regedit” and press OK.
  • In the new window, go to the following path,

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsStore

  • If you couldn’t find the WindowsStore key, then right-click on Microsoft->New->Key and save the newly created key as WindowsStore.
  • Now right-click on the WindowsStore and select New->DWORD (32-Bit) Value and name it as Remove WindowsStore.
  • Then double-click on the newly created key, set the Value data as 1, and save the changes.
  • Finally, restart the system; hereafter, users couldn’t access Microsoft Store. 

Note: If you want to restore the change and allow users to access the Microsoft Store, you need to follow the steps above and set the Remove WindowsStore’s Value data to 0.

These are all about blocking users from accessing Microsoft in Windows 11. If you have any queries or concerns regarding this article, you can leave a comment in the comment box below.