Are you worried that someone could install programs on your computer? You should know that you can prevent it, at least those you download from the Internet, so we’ll show you how to block the installation of programs that are not from the Windows 10 store. Windows 10 includes an option in configuration settings that allows the user to block other users who need their computer at some time, to install programs downloaded from the Internet. It is an option that goes in the same path of what exists in Android, the operating system of Google for mobile, which also allows you to install applications that are not from the Google Play store, a setting that can be disabled.
Windows Store only apps
With this setting enabled, any user can only download and install apps from the Windows Store, the official Microsoft application store, a configuration that on the other hand implies more protection against threats.
If you want to block the installation of external app to the Windows Store, do the following:
- Open the browser of the operating system using the Windows + Q key combination.
- Write ” applications and features ” and enter that option.
- Once inside, above all, look in the “installation of applications” section. By default the option “allow applications from any source” is selected but we will change it to block any installation.
- Display the list and choose ” allow applications only from the store “. Close the window and go.
With this small setting that you activate in a few seconds, no one will be able to execute an installation of any of the great variety of third party programs that are available, that are not in the clear app store, unless you leave everything the same as it was at first. Instead, the following message will appear:
Anyway, there is a simpler way to prevent someone who enters your computer from doing things you do not have to do, using the Windows guest account that is created and activated in a moment very easily.
As you see, the steps to block the installation of programs that are not from the Windows 10 store are very few and simple, a utility that you may need to enable at some point, especially if your computer is shared.