Disable users from uninstalling the existing apps and installing new apps from store in Windows 8


For one of the requirement I am working on, I need to make sure that the end users are disabled from uninstalling the existing apps and installing new apps from store.
Any pointers in this regard is really appreciated.

Thanks in advance


Windows Forum Team
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if they have admin rights they can uninstall any app.
if you place this system on the net | store there is no way to block the store for users... I would lock the hdd space but you didn't give us all the info


Windows Forum Team
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If this is on a Pro or Enterprise you can disable the Store Application in GPO. Computer > Administrative Templates > System > Store > "Turn off the Store application"


Other way of doing this is to make the end users "Standard" accounts. That way they wont be able to make changes without Admin Password.


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echoing the approach Edwin mentions, if you are creating logins on business computers (you didn't state the use), you might go a step further and only give them GUEST login access, which also locks out the APP STORE access, or pops up a message requiring an administrator (you!) to come to their PC and type in your password to access the APP STORE for purchases. If this is an educational environment, the same thing goes. Giving business or educational users in either environment STANDARD login access invites them to do some damage to their computers that will cause you a lot of time and grief to fix.

GUEST login access makes it really hard for an occasional user to scramble their Windows settings, delete apps or folders or files. That's why public & University Libraries, and Senior Centers (I've worked on both) often use this method to lock out folks looking to cause damage or mischief on the computers you are setting up and ostensibly managing. The folks who administer these type of computing environments have now had decades to figure out the best methods, and besides using something like STEADY STATE, which doesn't work all that well in modern Windows versions, it's your best bet for protecting computers you are deploying.;)


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