How to Block Installation of non-Windows Store apps in Windows 10

If you really concerned about your Windows 10 PC and to ensure the overall protection you want to block the installation of the apps/third party software other than official Windows Store? I recommend you must not miss reading this post.

Prevent Installing Apps From Outside Windows Store In Windows 10

In Windows 10 Creator update builds 15031 or above the company has introduced a new option in the Settings app that blocks the installation of the apps outside of the Windows Store. According to the statement delivered by the Microsoft, you can ensure the protection of Windows 10 PC by installing apps from Windows store. It also prevents you PC from the external threats which enter your system through third party apps and software.

This new option in the setting app is very useful and help to increase the overall security of your Windows 10 PC. Once this feature is enabled, it helps to block malicious software installation and junkware on your PC without your information.

Block Installation of Non-Windows Store apps in Windows 10

To make that thing happen, here is what you need to do:

1. Launch the Settings app. For that, WIN + I hotkeys

2. Click on the Apps -> Apps & features.

3. On the right pane, Under “Installing apps” you will find out drop-down. When you click on it, you will further see following three options:

  1. “Allow apps from anywhere”
  2. “Warn me before installing apps from outside the Store”
  3. “Allow apps from the Store only”

install apps options in windows 10

By default, the first option is selected i.e. “Allow apps from anywhere” which means you can install any app or third party program available on the web and is compatible with Windows 10.

If you choose the second option i.e. “Warn me before installing apps from outside the Store” then your Windows 10 PC will always show you a warning dialog box with a message which reads “The app you are installing is not from the Windows Store” when you try to install a software or app available on the web. You can still install the app by clicking on the “Install anyway” button to install the software.

Warn me before installing apps from outside the Store

And if you select the third options i.e. “Allow apps from the Store only“, the system will only let you install the apps from Windows 10 Store. Also when you try to install the third party software available on the web (outside of the Windows Store), then you will see the error message which reads “You can only install apps from the Windows Store

When you try to install the software which you have downloaded from the web, the pop-up will appear just like shown in the following screenshot and the same application is available in the Windows store, then you will see “Get the app” button and it will take you to store page of the app. From where you can download the program into Windows 10 PC.

In case the software which you have downloaded from the internet is available on Windows Store. Let’s take the example of Teamviewer, then you will see the following screenshot:

you can only install apps from the windows store

In case the software which you have downloaded from the internet is not available on Windows Store. Let’s take the example of Winrar, the pop-up will suggest you other similar apps. Just like shown in the following screenshot:

Allow apps from the Store only

At the moment, Windows 10 Store do not have all the useful and popular software so it is a good idea to set the option which reads “Warn me before installing apps from outside the Store” to keep your system away from junkware and malicious software.

That’s it friends. I hope you find this tutorial useful.

Why don’t you give a try to this installing apps feature that let you block the installation of Non-Windows Store apps in Windows 10 and let me know your thought about it in the comments?

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