Windows 10 Creators update public rollout is expected this March, and it’s coming with an impressive feature which will let you block installation of WIN32 Apps and Software aka popularly know as EXE based applications. Sounds like Windows 10 Cloud, but it should be available for all versions of Windows 10 including Enterprise and Home.
Once the feature is turned on, anybody who tries to install a software which is not from the store, it will give a warning saying:
You can only install apps from the Windows Store. Limiting installation to apps from the Windows Store helps to keep their PC safe and reliable.
You get a link to change this restriction from settings and access the store.
The option is available under Settings > Apps & Feature > Installing Apps > Choose where apps can be installed from
- Allow Apps from everywhere.
- Prefer Apps from Store, but allow apps from anywhere.
- Allow Apps only from Store
This feature is going to helpful on all level, especially from Malware perspective. Auto installation of software in the background will be blocked, and if you have multiple users on your computer, they will have to ask for a permission to get the installation done.
The second option is interesting. It will slowly help users to understand how to get on the store for software. This will take time as we all are still used to download software from the internet and install it the right away. But if the OS can be smart enough, it will help one to find the software on the store. This will eventually happen once we see a mass migration of WIN32 Apps to the store. This feature is turned off by default, and only administrators will be able to turn it on.
What do you think of this feature? Do you think it should come with Family Feature as well? Let us know in the comments.