[Tutorial] How to Disable the Windows Store in Windows 8


Windows Store in Windows 8 is the only source for downloading Metro Apps for Windows 8. The Store is launched from the Store app pre-installed in Windows 8 but, that app can be disabled to restrict access to Windows Store.

There is a tweaks available which lets you disable the Store app in Windows 8 resulting in non-accessible Windows Store.

You can easily disable the Windows Store in Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Just follow the instructions below and your Store won’t be accessible to you or even anyone using your Windows 8 PC.


  • First of all, open up the ‘Run’ command by pressing ‘Windows + R’.
  • Your ‘Run’ command would open. Type the following (given below) in the search box and press ‘ok’.


  • Your local group policy editor would open. Note: If you are asked to give permission, simply press ‘Yes’ and your local group policy editor would open.
  • Now, navigate to

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Store

  • In ‘Store’, you would find a ‘Turn off the Store application’ option. Open it up.
  • A pop-up window would open. Select ‘Enabled’ and press ‘ok’.
  • We are done. Now, open up the Windows Store and it won’t open and display a message that ‘Windows Store isn’t available on this PC’.
  • That’s all. The Store has been disabled on your Windows 8 PC.

Note: Disabling the Store from the above tweak would disable the Store on whole Windows 8 PC i.e. no one else (other users with different accounts) won’t be able to use the Store.


You may visit our Tips & Tweaks section for more Windows 8 tips, tricks and tweaks.


Ahmad Wahid

Being a University student of computer, has developed keen interest in technology and like to test out the new gadgets. His interests include Social Networking as well.