The Windows 8 Consumer Version has been available from 29th Feb 2012 and we are still checking its features and writing articles to understand it better. Like Android smartphones, you can download new Windows 8 apps by using Windows 8 Store App. Like other application stores, you have the option to download many applications from Windows 8 Store which is categorized so that you can easily find and download the application you want to install. But you can’t prevent other users from installing any application on Windows 8 Consumer Preview. In a direct way, Windows 8 has no option for users to disable installed apps. But using Group Policy editor, you can disable application downloads and installation on Windows 8 by users. Group Policy is a Windows special where you can set lots of settings that are not available in Windows Control Panel. Group Policy editing is very advanced work and you need to be sure that you know what you are doing in Group Policy.
To open Group Policy in Windows and disable Windows 8 Store App, open Run box (Use Win + R ) and enter the gpedit.msc command. This command will open Group Policy editor in your Windows 8 from where you can perform the further steps to disable Windows 8 store app.
Now navigate the following setting: Computer configuration > Administrative templates > Windows components > Store. Once you click on Store, check the right panel where you will see a setting – Turn off the Store application.
Double click on Turn off the Store application and select the Enable option and finally click on Apply then OK.
Now nobody will be able to use Windows 8 Store App and if you try, you will get message like Windows Store isn’t available on this PC. To allow Windows 8 Store App on Windows 8, follow the same steps as above and choose Disable or Not Configured option on the same window.