Prevent Users From Uninstalling Windows 8 Modern Apps

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This tutorial helps you to prevent different users from uninstalling modern apps from Windows 8 Start Screen. You don’t need to install any additional software for this, your Local Group Policy will do this for you. Do note that Local Group Policy is not available in Home Edition of Windows 8.

Once you follow the steps given in this tutorial, the option of “Uninstall” from Windows 8 Modern apps. You can see this in screenshot below.

Prevent users from uninstalling

We all know, in a single click, we can easily install modern apps and can add them to the Start Screen. In a single right click, we can uninstall them as well. Other than us, many people use our PC, specially kids. Accidentally uninstalling any modern app loses all the data saved in that app as well.

So, with this tutorial, you will be able to prevent any user from uninstalling the app. I recommend that you should create any other user account and do this setting in that account only. Else, you won’t be able to uninstall any app as well, until you change the settings back to default.

To prevent users from uninstalling modern apps from Windows 8 Start Screen, follow the instructions given below:

Step 1: The very first thing that you need to do is open Run. To open, press Windows Key
+ R. In the Run, type gpedit.msc. 

Prevent users from uninstalling-Run

Step 2: It will open Local Group Policy Editor in a new windows. In Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to Start Menu and Taskbar folder by following the path mentioned below (from left panel):

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Start Menu and Taskbar

Uninstall Apps-Start Menu and Taskbar folder

Step 3: Click on Start Menu and Taskbar folder. From the right panel double click on the setting that says “Prevent users from uninstalling applications from Start”.

Prevent users from uninstalling-Option

Step 4: It will open a new window for the same. Now to prevent users from uninstalling applications from Start Screen, click on the radio button that says “Enabled” (yes, to disable the uninstall feature you need to click on enabled). Now apply the changes and then click on “OK”.

Uninstall Apps-Enabled


Step 5: Now go to the Windows 8 Start Screen. Right click on any app, you will find the uninstall option disappeared.

Uninstall Apps-Disappeared

In Windows 8, the uninstall option appears on the bottom panel, while in Windows 8.1 the uninstall option appears in the list only. But to uninstall any app in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you just need to right click on the app. This tutorial will take care of disabling Uninstall option in both Windows 8 as well as 8.1.

Also try some other tutorials and freeware to enhance Windows 8 productivity:

5 hidden secret features of Windows 8

How to change default programs in Windows 8

How to disable Windows Store application in Windows 8

3 ways to boot directly to Windows 8 desktop


With this tutorial, you will be able to prevent different users from uninstalling modern apps from Windows 8 Start Screen. Just follow the steps here to ensure the apps that can’t be uninstalled.

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