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    Choose Where Apps can be Installed from in Windows 10

    Choose Where Apps can be Installed from in Windows 10

    How to Choose Where Apps can be Installed from in Windows 10
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    25 Mar 2018
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    How to Choose Where Apps can be Installed from in Windows 10


    Starting with Windows 10 build 15042, you can choose where apps can be installed from.

    This Application Installation Control feature has been officially announced starting with Windows 10 build 15046.
    • Allow apps from anywhere - Users will be able to install both desktop and Store apps without getting a message dialog.
    • Warn me before installing apps from outside the Store - Users will be able to install both desktop and Store apps. Users will get a "The app you're installing isn't from the Windows Store" message dialog when trying to install a desktop app to see if they want to visit the Store for more apps.
    • Allow apps from the Store only - Users will only be able to install apps from the Store. If users try to install a desktop app, they will get a "You can only install apps from the Windows Store" message dialog to visit the Store for more apps. Limiting installations to apps from the Store helps to keep you PC safe and reliable. Users will still be able to run desktop apps that were previously installed.

    This tutorial will show you how to choose where apps can be installed from for all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to choose where apps can be installed from.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: To Choose Where Apps can be Installed from in Settings
    • Option Two: To Choose Where Apps can be Installed from using a REG file
    • Option Three: To Choose Where Apps can be Installed from via Policy in Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Four: To Choose Where Apps can be Installed from via Policy using a REG file


    EXAMPLE: Messages when trying to install desktop app
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    Choose Where Apps can be Installed from in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Choose Where Apps can be Installed from in Windows 10
    To Choose Where Apps can be Installed from in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Apps icon.

    2. Under Installing apps on the right side, select Allow apps from anywhere (default), Warn me before installing apps from outside the Store, or Allow apps from the Store only from the drop down for what you want. (see screenshot below)

    3. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

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    Choose Where Apps can be Installed from in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Choose Where Apps can be Installed from in Windows 10
    To Choose Where Apps can be Installed from using a REG file


    The downloadable .reg files below will modify the string value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

    AicEnabled string value

    Anywhere = Allow apps from anywhere
    PreferStore = Prefer apps from the Store, but allow apps from anywhere
    StoreOnly = Allow apps from the Store only


    1. Do step 2 (anywhere), step 3 (wAttachment 123016Attachment 123016arn me), or step 4 (Store only) below for what you want to choose.


     2. To "Allow apps from anywhere"

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Allow_apps_from_anywhere.reg

    download


     3. To "Warn me before installing apps from outside the Store"

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Warn_me_before_installing_apps_from_outside_the_Store.reg

    download


     4. To "Allow apps from the Store only"

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Allow_apps_from_the_Store_only.reg

    download

    5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    7. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    8. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






    Choose Where Apps can be Installed from in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Choose Where Apps can be Installed from in Windows 10
    To Choose Where Apps can be Installed from via Policy in Local Group Policy Editor


    The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Four below.

    1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2. Navigate to the location below in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender SmartScreen > Explorer

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    3. In the right pane of Explorer in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Configure App Install Control policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (anywhere), step 6 (Store), step 7 (default) below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Always Install Apps from Anywhere

    This will override and prevent changing Option One and Option Two.

    A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)


     6. To Always Install Apps from the Store Only

    This will override and prevent changing Option One and Option Two.

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)


     7. To Allow to Choose where to Install Apps from

    This is the default setting to allow changing Option One and Option Two.

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

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    8. Close the Local Group Policy Editor.






    Choose Where Apps can be Installed from in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Choose Where Apps can be Installed from in Windows 10
    To Choose Where Apps can be Installed from via Policy using a REG file


    The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the string value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender\SmartScreen

    ConfigureAppInstallControl string value

    (delete) = Default
    Anywhere = Allow apps from anywhere
    StoreOnly = Allow apps from the Store only


    1. Do step 2 (anywhere), step 3 (store), step 4 (default) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Always Install Apps from Anywhere

    This will override and prevent changing Option One and Option Two.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Always_install_apps_from_anywhere_for_all_users.reg

    download


     3. To Always Install Apps from the Store Only

    This will override and prevent changing Option One and Option Two.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Always_install_apps_from_Store_only_for_all_users.reg

    download


     4. To Allow to Choose where to Install Apps from

    This is the default setting to allow changing Option One and Option Two.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Allow_to_choose_where_to_install_apps_from.reg

    download

    5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    7. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    8. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Posts : 30,114
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17692
       25 Mar 2018 #1

    Tutorial updated to add option 3 and 4 to set this via group policy. :)
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  2.    4 Weeks Ago #2

    Pro users ask MS how to secure windows store, ms removes that option and gives them the opposite of what every pro user wants, how to force users to use the windows store. I guess Gabe Newell was right about windows future.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 30,114
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17692
    Thread Starter
       4 Weeks Ago #3

    Hello jbish, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    If I'm not mistaken about what you wanted, you should be able to use step 6 in Option Three or step 3 in Option Four to allow you to do that.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

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