Remove Windows store & Mail from joined domain PC

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I need your kind support to remove windows store + mail application from all joined domain pc on windows server 2019


Please guide me with the steps.


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best response confirmed by Samer Rustom (Copper Contributor)

Hello @Samer Rustom,

To remove the Windows Store and Mail application from joined domain PCs on Windows Server 2019, you can utilize Group Policy to disable these applications. Here's a step-by-step guide:

  1. Log in to the domain controller with administrative privileges.

  2. Open the Group Policy Management console by pressing Win + R, then typing gpmc.msc, and pressing Enter.

  3. Create a new Group Policy Object (GPO) by right-clicking on the desired organizational unit (OU) or domain, then selecting "Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here."

  4. Give the GPO a descriptive name like "Disable Windows Store and Mail."

  5. Right-click the newly created GPO and select "Edit" to open the Group Policy Management Editor.

  6. In the Group Policy Management Editor, navigate to "User Configuration" > "Policies" > "Administrative Templates" > "Windows Components" > "Store."

  7. Double-click on the policy named "Turn off Store application."

  8. Set the policy to "Enabled."

  9. Close the Group Policy Management Editor.

  10. Apply the GPO to the desired OU or domain by right-clicking on the OU or domain and selecting "Link an Existing GPO."

  11. Select the GPO you created, and click "OK."

  12. Wait for the Group Policy to propagate through the network or force a Group Policy update on the target machines using the command gpupdate /force in an elevated command prompt.

By following these steps, you can disable the Windows Store application on joined domain PCs. This will prevent users from accessing and installing apps from the Windows Store.

*To disable the Mail application specifically, you can follow a similar process but navigate to "User Configuration" > "Policies" > "Administrative Templates" > "Windows Components" > "Mail" instead. Look for policies related to the Mail application and disable them as needed.

Hope it helps.

Kindest regards