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GPO disable apps & store from W10 Professional RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I'm planning to upgrade all our computers from W7 Professional to W10 Professional.

    But I need to remove all default apps and store, so users can't use them. I need to remove Cortana, and unpin every App, like twitter, wheather, minecraft, and so on.

    If I'm not wrong, before a certain update, it was possible using GPO, but since the upgrade, is only available to W10 Enterprise.

    Thanks,

    Tuesday, June 28, 2016 9:37 AM

Answers

  • Hi carolsa8,

    According to my research, that gpo should be available both for Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Pro. Please try to update to the latest version Windows 10.10586.420.
    However, we could try the registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsStore
    AutoDownload DWORD
     delete DWORD = default
    2 = always off
    4 = always on
    Here is a link for reference:
    Store Update Apps Automatically - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/6664-store-update-apps-automatically-turn-off-windows-10-a.html
    NOTE: This response contains a reference to a third party World Wide Web site. Microsoft is providing this information as a convenience to you. Microsoft does not control these sites and has not tested any software or information found on these sites.

    Best regards


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    Monday, July 4, 2016 5:53 AM
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  • Hello

    In elevated powershell:

    Get-AppxPackage | Select Name, PackageFullName

    Remove-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_1.4.8.176_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy

    like wise you can do for other applications


    Regards, Regin Ravi

    Tuesday, June 28, 2016 12:23 PM
  • But this, is for any user that logs on the computer, or only for the user running the powershell?
    Tuesday, June 28, 2016 1:51 PM
  • But this, is for any user that logs on the computer, or only for the user running the powershell?
    You can set it in computer configuration in the GPO, then it will affect every computer under that gpo
    • Edited by De Blois Tuesday, June 28, 2016 1:58 PM
    Tuesday, June 28, 2016 1:58 PM
  • How do I do so?

    I mean, how could I run a powershell script on a gpo?

    Tuesday, June 28, 2016 5:10 PM
  • Sorry for my last question.

    I'm a bit tired today :(

    Tuesday, June 28, 2016 5:44 PM
  • Hi llinasenc,

    The main issue is to remove all the built-i metro apps, right?

    Here is a link for reference:
    How to Uninstall Desktop Apps and Windows Apps in Windows 10
    http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4689-apps-uninstall-windows-10-a.html

    Use "Remove-AppxPackage" for present users, use "remove-appxprovisionedpackage" for new users.

    We may need to disable the store apps update or they may be installed automatically later.
    Computer Configuration => Policies => Administrative Templates => Windows Components => Store=>Turn off automatic download and install of updates

    NOTE: This response contains a reference to a third party World Wide Web site. Microsoft is providing this information as a convenience to you. Microsoft does not control these sites and has not tested any software or information found on these sites.

    Best regards


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    Wednesday, June 29, 2016 5:53 AM
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  • Hi MeipoXu,

    With what you mentioned on the Group Policy setting

    "We may need to disable the store apps update or they may be installed automatically later.
    Computer Configuration => Policies => Administrative Templates => Windows Components => Store=>Turn off automatic download and install of updates"

    It seems like this is not applicable to Windows 10 Pro Version 1511 (And possibly other versions too). Is that correct? It isn't working on mine. 

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016 7:06 AM
  • Hi carolsa8,

    According to my research, that gpo should be available both for Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Pro. Please try to update to the latest version Windows 10.10586.420.
    However, we could try the registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsStore
    AutoDownload DWORD
     delete DWORD = default
    2 = always off
    4 = always on
    Here is a link for reference:
    Store Update Apps Automatically - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/6664-store-update-apps-automatically-turn-off-windows-10-a.html
    NOTE: This response contains a reference to a third party World Wide Web site. Microsoft is providing this information as a convenience to you. Microsoft does not control these sites and has not tested any software or information found on these sites.

    Best regards


    Please mark the reply as an answer if you find it is helpful.

    If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com

    Monday, July 4, 2016 5:53 AM
    Moderator
  • According to this link from Microsoft, the policy to block the Store only works on Windows 10 Enterprise and Education https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3135657.

    For the part about removing the built-in apps for all the users I use a PowerShell script during the imaging process. It is very close to this https://github.com/W4RH4WK/Debloat-Windows-10/blob/master/scripts/remove-default-apps.ps1


    A.P>

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 1:04 AM
  • How can I apply this GPO through Domain Controller. I don't see the "Store" option when I try to apply on Windows 10 OU through Domain Controller.

    Please help.

    Thanks

    Wednesday, August 8, 2018 12:43 AM
  • You need to download the latest/current GPO templates. For example, here is the URL for the 1803 templates.

    Install the GPO templates and then the policy options you're looking for will be available.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=56880

    Cheers, Glen



    Friday, October 19, 2018 3:59 AM