Windows 10 Users Will Soon Be Able To Block Desktop Apps

Software giant Microsoft will soon begin the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update.

While we have already received several peeks at what improvements and features one can expect from the update, the ultimate roll-out will undoubtedly offer a lot more. The most recent Preview build 15042 has revealed that Microsoft is testing a Windows 10 feature that will stop users from installing apps for Win32.

This new feature seems to be created to hopefully phase out old desktop apps, in support of the newer Windows Store apps. Besides this, it also improves security through blocking apps that are sourced through sources that are unverified. Once a user has enabled the feature, they will be alerted with a warning message when they try installing a Win32 app. The alert message will say that using only apps from the Windows Store will assist in keeping a user’s PC “safe and reliable”. This is according to a report made by MSPoweruser.

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This recently launched feature is automatically disabled upon installation. However, users can enable it themselves manually by accessing it from the Apps and Feature tab under Settings. The new feature is accessible only by those users who have the newest Windows 10 Insider Preview build. It is yet to be seen whether the feature will be made available in the Creators Update.

Microsoft has been focusing more on security and has been pushing its users to download apps from the Windows Store as they are safer. As several sources have explained, the new feature will stop malware and bloatware that comes from installing old Win32 applications. Unfortunately, this additionally means that those applications that are not shown on the Windows Store, such as Google Chrome and Adobe Photoshop, will not be available for download.

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It is important to note that several of the Win32 apps are currently available on the Windows Store. Those that do not show up can be easily converted through the Microsoft Desktop App Converter.

This is the second big feature update that Microsoft has announced for this year and it will be made available later in the year.

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by techtalks @TechTalks May 9, 2017 12:04 PM UTC

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