Turn off access to the Store

This policy setting specifies whether to use the Store service for finding an application to open a file with an unhandled file type or protocol association. When a user opens a file type or protocol that is not associated with any applications on the computer the user is given the choice to select a local application or use the Store service to find an application. If you enable this policy setting the “Look for an app in the Store” item in the Open With dialog is removed. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting the user is allowed to use the Store service and the Store item is available in the Open With dialog.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Explorer # NoUseStoreOpenWith

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    System -> Internet Communication Management -> Internet Communication settings


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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