Published On: Tue, Feb 28th, 2017

Windows 10 Will Let You Block Desktop Apps From Installing

Almost every week, the Microsoft released a new preview build of the Windows 10 operating system with bug fixes and some new features, although some of the features may not make into the final release due to those features are not beneficial or successful.

Microsoft is working on the next major update to the Windows 10, but if you are a member of the Windows Insider Program so you do not have to wait for the Windows 10 Creators Update to be released to try some of the new and impressive features. The Microsoft is adding a new feature to its Windows 10 Creators update that is designed to block desktop app from installing.

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The latest Windows Insider preview build of the Windows 10 Creators Update includes options to only allow apps from the Windows Store, but the new feature appears to be set as allowing apps from anywhere to install by default. This new feature update could be a useful feature to enable on a family PC to prevent rogue desktop apps from being installed.

This new feature is a similar security feature to what Apple introduced with macOS to prevent unsigned and non-store apps from being installed. Microsoft new feature appears to be opt-in during the testing phase of this particular Windows 10 update.

The new feature is disabled by default, but if you turn it on, so you have the ability to either block installation of any apps that comes from sources other than the Windows Store, or you have to just brings up a pop-up warning message that has an “Install Anyway” button.

This change could make the Windows 10 function a bit more like Google’s Android operating system that blocks installation apps from unknown sources by default. But that allow the users to check a box in their device’s setting if user want to be able to install apps that do not come from the Play Store. So with new feature block desktop apps from installing.