Windows 10: No support for Microsoft Store un- and re-install

[German]Important information for users and administrators of Windows 10, Microsoft says in a new KB article that uninstalling the Microsoft Store in Windows 10 and reinstalling it later is not supported.


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What we are talking about?

Windows 10 users who don’t need the Microsoft Store can actually remove it with a PowerShell command. The command should be (see here and here) :

Get-AppxPackage *windowsstore* | Remove-AppxPackage

This removes the Store app from Windows 10, but only for the current user account. This article contains also hints, how to remove the Store app. But the article here contains the note NOT RECOMMENDED.

What Microsoft says about uninstalling Store?

Through a tweet from @PhantomofMobile I became aware of the following facts:

Removing, uninstalling and reinstalling the Microsoft Store as an app is not supported by Microsoft. Reference is made to the Microsoft article Removing, uninstalling, or reinstalling Microsoft Store app is not supported(KB4339074). There Microsoft says:


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In Windows 10, we do not recommend removing or uninstalling the Microsoft Store app.

Microsoft says that isn’t recommended for Windows 10 Version 1803, Windows 10 Version 1709, Windows 10 Version 1703, Windows 10 Version 1607 and Windows 10 Version 1511. The explanation from Microsoft:

this behavior is by design.

If you uninstalled Microsoft Store by any means and want to reinstall it, the only Microsoft-supported method is to reset or reinstall the operating system, which will reinstall Microsoft Store.

The KB article is dated/revised on June 19, 2018.

How IT admins can block the store

Administrators in enterprise environments who want to block access to the store can do this in Windows 10 Enterprise using Group Policy. Microsoft has published in October 2017 the article Configuring access to the Microsoft Store. The article describes various methods for restricting access via Group Policy, AppLocker, etc.

Note: Users of Windows 10 Home versions had the option of blocking access via a registry entry (see also here and here). However, this no longer works with Windows 10 Home/Pro V1511 and above – as mentioned implicit within the MS article linked above.  

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