Windows 10 Will Soon Let Users Block Desktop Apps From Installing

Posted March 01, 2017

Spotted by MSPowerUser, the new feature will detect when a user installs an app or program not from the Windows Store.

The Creators Update isn't the only major update coming to Windows 10 in 2017.

Microsoft is adding a last-minute feature to its Windows 10 Creators Update that is created to block desktop apps from installing.

We can immediately see the benefits of having this feature, especially if you have family members that install rogue apps first, and then ask questions later.

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Currently, the feature is tucked away under the Apps and Features settings and needs to be enabled for the prompt to appear.

Even better is that having this feature turned on only blocks the installation of Win32 apps, and not the ability to run Win32 apps. We remind you that "unsandboxed" Win32 apps are the main reason why a Windows 10 device could get infected with a malware or a virus. "Show that it's Windows 10-there isn't a second version of Windows 10", Keith Kressin, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies, was quoted as saying. The feature is still under development and will be officially bundled with the upcoming Windows 10 Creators update, which is due to arrive in two months. This Windows edition, still not officially confirmed by Microsoft, will ship with the switch set to "Store only", and it's expected to require a paid upgrade (to regular Windows 10 or Windows 10 Pro) to change out of this position.

You will be greeted by a familiar voice, Cortana, who is apparently going to be our guide through our virtual and mixed reality environments in the Windows 10 Creators Update. The third option is the contentious one that outright blocks the installation of traditional Win32 applications, which not long ago were otherwise known as software. The news comes just a few days after the company released a significant update that includes picture-in-picture.