Reduce the risk of infection or the installation of unwanted programs on your computer with Windows 10. There is an operating system function that blocks the installation of applications that have not been verified by the Microsoft Store.
Do you have software, programs or applications on your computer that you have no idea where or what they do?
By browsing the web and clicking left and right, we may accidentally install applications that we then forget on our computer.
These take up space and we only realize it when we clean our computer, for example.
There is a function on Windows 10 to avoid this kind of situation. Indeed, we can prevent the installation of applications if they are not present in the Microsoft Store.
A quick way to protect our computer, but also not without a small drawback.
Steps to install only apps verified by Microsoft Store
Like Apple with its App Store on Mac, iPhone and iPad, or the Chrome Store and Play Store for Chromebooks and Android devices, Microsoft also has its application store for Windows.
The Microsoft Store allows you to install applications certified and verified by Microsoft and which will therefore logically not cause problems on our computer.
We can thus activate a function on our computer that allows us to install only applications present in this store.
To activate the filter when downloading an application on a computer with Windows 10, you must:
- Click on the menu Start (Microsoft logo)
- Go to Settings (gear icon)
- Select option: Applications
- At the top, choose towhere to get the apps
- Choose option: Microsoft Store only
Here’s how to enable the Microsoft Store Certified App Download Filter on Windows 10.
A function that can be a bit annoying
In the application settings on Windows 10 you can activate the filter to download applications verified by the Microsoft Store only. We can also choose to download them from anywhere, but also to notify us if it is present or not in the Microsoft Store.
This function can limit potential dangers, while it allows us to not download fake versions of a popular application.
Only this filter can also be a bit of a hassle.
Because the Microsoft Store is not as large an app store as others. Some legitimate software or applications may not be found there so our download will be blocked by the filter.
You must then deactivate it while you download the program you want.
However, this small irritant remains minor compared to the benefits it can bring by preventing the installation of unwanted applications.
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