Win8: App: Store related group policy settings

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The following information describes how you can get the options to configure Windows 8 Store related group policy settings in your environment. 

  1. While logged on as a domain administrator, download and install the Windows 8 Remote Server Administration Tool (RSAT) on your Windows 8 client.  You can download the Windows 8 RSAT from:

  2. Once its installed, open Server Manager from the Start page and click on the Tools menu and select Group Policy Management.

  3. Create a new group policy and edit the new group policy.  Expand out either Computer Configuration or User Configuration (depending on where you want to configure the setting) then expand Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Store

  4. Once the new group policy has needed Security/WMI filtering and/or is linked to the appropriate OU's, run gpupdate /force on the Windows 8 client from an Admin command prompt.

Note: If you still do not see the option to select the Store settings then your environment may be using a centralized store for the group policy templates (\\\sysvol\policies\policydefinitions).  If this is the case, then you would need to ensure that the winstoreui.admx and winstoreui.adml are copied from the local \windows\policydefinitions directory to the centralized store location.  Be sure to have a backup of the centralized policydefinitions store before making any changes and either allow for replication to take place and/or ensure that the Group Policy Management console is connected to the specific domain controller the admx/adml file were copied to when doing initial testing.

 Note the Store options for group policy may not appear even on a Windows 2012 domain controller. It appears that the Desktop Experience feature is a requirement to have the Group Policy Management console show the option (if it does not have the admx/adml files above).

More Information

As of the time of the writing of this article the following options were available

  • Turn Off Automatic Download of updates
  • Allow Store to install apps on Windows To Go workspaces
  • Turn off the Store application

If you set the policy setting (either via group policy or local policy) for Turn off the Store application to enabled, the user would see an error of


Windows Store isn't available on this PC. Contact your system administrator for more information.



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Article ID: 2826659 - Last Review: April 23, 2013 - Revision: 6.0
Applies to
  • Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Windows 8 Enterprise N
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8 Pro N

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