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Microsoft removes Store blocking from Windows 10 Pro

Windows 10 pro previously made a provision for business houses and companies to block the Windows Store. A new report says that the Redmond based tech giant is removing the Store blocking from Windows 10 Pro. The Store blocking feature is now only available for Windows 10 Enterprise and Education Edition. Most of the companies that use Windows 10 block Windows Store so that staffs can’t download other application that are not related to work. This step is taken by many company in order to maintain the sincerity of workers and productivity of the company.

Store blocking in Windows 10 pro

Microsoft said in a post that Windows 10 Pro cannot perform Store blocking through local group Policy Editor. “Windows 10 Enterprise is our offering that provides IT pros with the most granular control over company devices,” the tech giant said in a statement.
“Windows 10 Pro offers a subset of those capabilities and is recommended for small and mid-size businesses looking for some management controls, but not the full suite necessary for IT pros at larger enterprises.”

The news has upset companies, especially small business organizations. John Harrison, owner of Harison IT services told in an interview to BBC that, “Users like to change settings or try to install software by themselves. If they don’t know what they’re doing or don’t have the appropriate experience, they can cause all kinds of issues”. He also added, “You are going to have to educate staff, tell them not to use the Windows Store unless it really is relevant to the business. How do you manage that policy?”

The sudden freedom given to the staffs of small and big organization will definitely hamper the productivity and may lead to distractions.


Nick is a Software Engineer. He has interest in gadgets and technical stuffs. If you are facing any problem with your Windows, feel free to ask him.