How to Enable or Disable Push To Install (Remote Installation of Apps) on Windows 10?

On June 6, 2018, Microsoft added a new service, “Push To Install,” to the Microsoft Store. This feature called “Install on my devices” allows you to remotely install apps you own with your Microsoft account from the Microsoft Store to any of your Windows 10 devices that you also use the same Microsoft account to sign in.

While this feature is quite useful for some organizations and users, many of us want to stop the remote installation of Microsoft Store apps on a specific device on Windows 10. If you are one of those who want to stop the remote installation of Apps on Windows 10, this post will help you to do the same.

There are at least two ways to enable or disable the Push To Install (Remote Installation of Apps) feature on Windows 10. These are the following:-

  1. How to Enable or Disable Push To Install (Remote Installation of Apps) feature on Windows 10 using Group Policy Editor?
  2. How to Enable or Disable Push To Install (Remote Installation of Apps) feature on Windows 10 via Windows Registry?

1. How to Enable or Disable Push To Install (Remote Installation of Apps) feature on Windows 10 using Group Policy Editor?

Gentle Reminder: Group Policy Editor is not a part of Windows 10 Home edition; if you are using Windows 10 Home OS, then first enable the gpedit.msc on your PC.

  1. Press Windows logo + R keys simultaneously to open the Run dialog box.
  1. In the Run command box, type the following and hit Enter or click OK to launch the Local Group Policy Editor window:-

gpedit.msc

  1. In the Local Group Policy Editor window that opens, steer for the following path:-
Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Push To Install

  1. In the right side pane of the “Push To Install” path, double click on the policy “Turn off Push To Instal service.” On the popup window, by default, it is set to “Not configured,” which means, the service is Enabled for all. To disable the Push To Install service, select the Enabled option.

  1. Click Apply.

  2. Click OK.

Once you complete the above steps, Push To Install (Remote Installation of Apps) will be disabled. If you change your mind and want to enable this feature again, repeat the above steps, and on step 4, set the Policy to “Not Configured” or “Disabled.”

2. How to Enable or Disable Push To Install (Remote Installation of Apps) feature on Windows 10 via Windows Registry?

Gentle Reminder: Unknowingly editing the Windows Registry may damage Windows Installation; hence we recommend taking a full backup of Registry and creating a system restore point before editing it.

In any case, your Group Policy Editor is not working on your PC, or you prefer to modify Windows Registry, perform the following steps to enable or disable Push To Install (Remote Installation of Apps):-

  1. Click on the Start button of Windows 10 and type regedit. In the available results, click on the Registry Editor to open it.

  1. Steer for the following registry key in the Registry Editor window:-
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft

  1. Perform a right-click on Microsoft key, select New and then Key option.

  1. Right-click on the newly created key, select Rename option, name it to PushToInstall.

  1. Now, right-click on the “PushToInstall” key, select New, and then DWORD (32-bit) Value.

  1. The above action will create a new DWORD (32-bit) key on the right-side pane of the PushToInstall folder. Rename newly created DWORD as DisablePushToInstall.

  1. Double-click on DisablePushToInstall to change its value. A small pop-up box will open. Set the Value data to 1 and then click the OK button.

  1. Close the Registry Editor.

Once you complete the above steps, the Microsoft Store app will not install remotely on other devices.

If you wish to allow to install apps remotely from Microsoft Store, navigate to the following key in Registry Editor:-

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\PushToInstall

On the right side pane, set the Value data of DisablePushToInstall to 0 or delete it.

That’s all!!!

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