Install and uninstall the Windows Store

Windows Store is an optional application for most users. This is true for various reasons. Not everyone wants to pay for the program, when there are a lot of free analogues in the network. In addition, the use of the Store is very unusual for users who have switched to Windows 10 from the classic "seven". Indeed, few people see the benefits in such software.

The store consumes valuable hard disk space. It is closely integrated into the system, but there is nothing stopping it at any time. To do this, you can use scripts PowerShell. You can also use similar solutions to clean the OS from similar programs from the Metro interface.

How to remove Store?

Delete the Store application in the standard way will not work. And most of the third-party programs won't help in this either - so we use the PowerShell functional shell. When using PowerChell, we will need to get some application data to be deleted. In Windows 10, all the necessary tools are installed initially. Make sure you are logged in as the owner of the computer. Only after that you can proceed.

  1. Open PowerShell as Administrator. You can find it in the "Start" menu.

    Running PowerShell Utility

  2. Follow the instructions in the window that opens:

Get-AppxPackage -name *

Get-AppxPackage command

Here, after the name * you need to specify the name of the application that you are going to delete.

For the Store application, this command will look like this:

Get-AppxPackage * windowsstore *

  1. It is advisable to copy the list of all installed programs into a separate file:

Get-AppxPackage> C: \ appDetails.txt

In the future, you can find this document in the root directory of the system disk.

  1. When you run these commands, PowerShell will display all the necessary data in detail. You will see complete information about the program you are about to delete. Find the line where the full name of the package to be deleted will be. It may look like this:

windows communication sapps_17.6017.42001.0_x86_8wekyb3d8bbwe

  1. You need to copy the information from the data string PackageFullName and enter the command:

Team Remove-AppxPackage –package

Remove-AppxPackage –package

  1. Add the copied value to the command to make it look like this:

AppxPackage –package windowscommunicationsapps_17.6017.42001.0_x86_8wekyb3d8bbwe

  1. Confirm the action, then wait until the completion of ongoing operations.

These commands help to remove any application you do not need from the standard Windows 10 delivery. By the same principle, you can delete from the “Alarm”, “Calculator”, “Camera”, “Getting Started” systems and other software that is not needed.

How to reinstall the Store

Did you need the app again after uninstalling? Start PowerShell on Windows 10 and enter the command:

Get-AppxPackage * windowsstore * -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$ ($ _. InstallLocation) \ AppxManifest.xml"}

Installing Store with PowerShell

After that press Enter. If everything went well, you can easily find the application in the Start menu.

Shutting down the Windows Store

The principle by which you can disable unused software is somewhat different. Here you can use the so-called Group Policy Editor Windows 10.

  1. You need the "Run" line. Run it with the “Win ​​+ R” combination, or use the “Start” menu.
  2. Enter in the line:


  1. The local (local) group policy editor should start. Select the required section in the menu on the left. Its name depends on which group you want to turn off Windows Store - for the whole PC or only for individual users. Accordingly, the section names are “Computer Configuration” and “User Configuration”.
  2. Go to the following sections: "Administrative Templates" - "Components of Windows", then "Shop". Apply the “Disable Application” option in the main navigation window. To do this, open the parameter by double clicking and set the value to "Enabled". That is, not "Disabled" or any other.

    Shutting down the Windows Store in the LGP editor

  3. Restart the computer for the changes to take effect.

To disable unnecessary, you can use another method, acting by analogy with Windows 8 and 8.1.

IMPORTANT. This method is faster and more reliable, but it may be unsafe. If you do not know what the Registry is and have never worked with it, use a different approach.
  1. Create a system restore point. It is useful if something goes wrong.
  2. Run "Run" in the standard way, with Administrator rights.
  3. Run the command to start the registry editor:


  1. Navigate through directories in the following order:

HKCU \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft

  1. Click with the mouse (right button) on the current section and select “Create” - “Section”. Give it the name of the Windows Store.
  2. Using the same method, create a DWORD parameter in the new section with the name RemoveWindowsStore. Give it a value of "1".

    Disable Windows Store from the registry

  3. Make sure all your changes have been saved. To do this, exit Registry Editor and navigate to the required directories by running it again.
  4. Reboot the PC.

Setting up the Store in the "top ten"

By itself, the shop "dozens" is not rich in a variety of settings. But with the help of the System Parameters it is possible to influence some features of its work. Suppose you can change the storage location of the Store programs like this:

  1. Open Application Settings (in the new Control Panel). This can also be done with the “Win ​​+ I” keys.
  2. Select the option "System" (he is the first in the list).
  3. On the left you can see the item "Storage". Click on it.
  4. Scroll down to “Save locations”. Here is all the data on the storage locations of the traditional elements of the system.
  5. Select the menu item "New applications" from the proposed.
  6. That's all. Now new programs, utilities and games can be saved on other media.


We figured out the problems with the Windows 10 store and learned how to fix them. Now you can easily remove or disable any unnecessary program, even if it is tightly “sewn up” in Windows 10. And when it is needed again, its installation will not be a hassle.

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