Windows: How to only allow software from the Microsoft Store

Free programs from the internet are not controlled by any central authority and can therefore contain malicious code depending on the download source. It is therefore safer if you only allow apps from the Microsoft Store on your Windows PC — similar to what is standard on smartphones anyway.

In the Windows settings, you can restrict the installation of software to content from the Microsoft Store. Other programs are then blocked.


This is how it works: In Windows 10, open the Windows Settings app, click on “Apps” and set the option “Microsoft Store only (recommended)” at the top of the list under “Select sources for retrieving apps.”

In Windows 11, also click on “Apps” in the Settings app, but then on “Advanced settings for apps — Microsoft Store only (recommended)”. The setting takes effect immediately.

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This article was translated from German to English and originally appeared on

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