How to Only Allow Apps from the Store on Windows 11
You can deactivate the execution of app installation files and only enable programs from Microsoft Store if you are looking to secure Windows 11 to use for computer novices. Here is how you can configure it.
First, by clicking the Windows+i button on your keyboard, enter Windows Settings. Or, click the Start button to right-click and pick “Settings” from the menu.
When Windows Settings opens, select “Apps” in the sidebar, and then choose “Apps & Features.”
In Apps & Features, click the drop-down box labeled “Choose where to get apps.”
In the “Choose where to get apps” menu, select “The Microsoft Store only (Recommended).”
You are free to close Settings once that is configured. The option is instantly effective.
If you attempt to execute a file (e.g. a.exe or.msi file you have downloaded), then Windows 11 will not work and you’ll receive a “The software that you are installing isn’t a checked application by Microsoft” notice in a new window. This is a useful choice since it can prevent a newbie from installing the malware they have downloaded without recognizing it.
You can click on “Get Store apps” at this point and enter the Microsoft Store. You can find a similar application there to see whether it is available.
Alternatively, click on the link “Change my recommendations for app settings,” in order to modify your opinion and wish to install the file nonetheless. You are being sent to Settings > Apps > Apps & Features, which can set “Select where applications are received” to “Everywhere.”