How to turn off Windows Store in Windows 8

From Windows 8, the Microsoft’s operating system has a new application called Windows Store, which lets you find and download both free and paid apps in many categories.

The main purpose of Windows Store is making users safer with certificated software for Windows computers.

Typically, all Windows users love to use Windows Store to get quality software for their computer.

But if you have shared your computer with other users or in case you don’t want to use Windows Store, then you can disable it.

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Disable Windows Store in Windows 8 and Windows 10

There are many ways you can use to turn off Windows Store application in Windows PC, but here are the two best ways to do so with registry editor and group policy editor. Find the step by step guide.

Using Registry Editor to turn off Windows Store

If you know a bit about the computer, then Registry isn’t something new to you and this method will be easy to follow. And you don’t need to worry, because this is a step by step guide and easy to understand for most new users.

  1. First, press “Windows + R” key on your keyboard to open the Run dialog.
  2. Fill “regedit” and press Enter key.
  3. In the left side, go to following registry key:



  1. In the right side, you will see a registry key named “RemoveWindowsStore”; just double click on it and set value data to be 1, and click OK.


  1. In case the “RemoveWindowsStore” entry doesn’t exist, in the right side, right click and create a new DWORD entry with name “RemoveWindowsStore” and value data 1. Press OK and all is done.
  1. Make sure you restart your computer.

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Using Group Policy Editor Turn off Windows Store

This way is simpler than the method with Registry modification. You also need to press a combination key: “Windows + R”, to open the Run dialog, fill “gpedit.msc” into the search box and press Enter.

A new window will open and you need to go to the location here:

“Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Store”


There is an entry called “Turn off the Store application”; just double click on it, select Enable option and click OK.


Once it’s done, you can exit Group Policy editor window and restart your computer before use again.

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The Windows Store is now disabled on your computer and can only be used when you enable it by using the steps in the opposite manner in the guide.

So, there are two best and simple ways to turn off Windows Store in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 as well as the upcoming Windows 10, which will officially be released by July 29.

If you have any question about this step by step guide, feel free to leave comments below and we will answer you soon.

  1. Hi Tony And Nisha,
    A wonderful and simple tutorial!
    Thanks for teaching us the simple method!
    Thanks Nisha for introducing Tony to us! 🙂
    Keep sharing
    May you both have a wonderful rest of the week! 🙂
    Best Regards
    ~ Phil

  2. I am unable to know why do people turn off windows store. I think, its even better letting it enabled as it helps in installing cool metro applications that looks damn awesome.

  3. Nisha Pandey

    Hi Jimmy,

    The primary concern for disabling Windows Store is security.
    If a user is sharing his/her system with someone else, he/she will think of a way to turn it off!
    Yes, there’s no denying that it is so useful in helping download apps, there is a good reason for many users to have more control over their system’s security!

    Thanks for your query!

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Nisha Pandey

    Hi Phil,

    Welcome and Thanks for appreciating the post!

    Tony is a wonderful blogger with in-depth knowledge in tech field.

    Thanks and you too have a great weekend!