Understand how Windows updates Windows store apps and why you need to perform store updates. Explore Group Policies for update preferences. Learn how to uninstall and reinstall a Windows store app, should the app become problematic.
- [Instructor] The Windows Store is where you acquire new apps. You can open the store by clicking Start, and clicking the store tile, or you can search for it on the task bar. There's also a store icon here. I'll click the tile. You can see here that I'm logged on with my Microsoft account, because you can see my profile picture. You'll need to be logged on like this to get apps from the store. Don't worry if you're not though, you'll be prompted. The store is also where app updates originate. Manufacturers provide updates to fix bugs, add features, add additional information, and improve functionality.
App updates might also include security features to fix issues uncovered after the app's release. By default, apps are updated automatically in Windows 10. You can manually check for updates by clicking your user account picture, then click Downloads and Updates. Now, just click Check for Updates. There are a lot of available updates here. I could click Update All if I were ready to install, but I'm going to pause for now, and just keep talking. It's best to let Windows keep your apps up-to-date, if for no other reason, then to keep them secure, and to fix any issues that can cause the app to perform poorly, but if for what ever reason you want to disable app updates, you can.
You might want to do this if it's your job to support users who work with apps from the store, possibly because you want to test updates in a lab environment before rolling out those updates to your workforce. Let's click the Back button and let's return to the user picture and click settings. If you want to disable app updates, move the slider under Update Apps Automatically, from On to Off. I'm going to leave mine on for now. You can manage how apps update in local group policy too, which is available in Windows Pro and Enterprise.
Let' take a look. Type gpedit.msc in the search window on the task bar and click it in the results. Now I need to navigate to the store settings. It's under Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and Store. There aren't too many settings, but there are a few I'd like you to see. Double click the second entry, and click Enable to stop apps from automatically updating. Again though, I don't recommend it.
I'm going to click Cancel. While you're here, notice the other settings, you can disable all apps, or even prevent access to the store by turning off the Store application completely. To turn off the store application, simply click Enable, and OK, again, I'll click Cancel. Let's close the Local Group Policy Editor. If you ever have a problem with an app, and updating it doesn't work, you can uninstall it. To locate the app, click the Start button, scroll down to the app and right click it.
The option to uninstall is here. I'll click Uninstall, and I'll click to continue. It doesn't take long, that's for sure. You can't uninstall just anything though. For instance, you can't uninstall the store, and you can't uninstall mail, weather, and other default apps. To reinstall any app, just search for it again in the store and op to install it. If you use store apps, remember, it's best in most cases to let those apps update themselves automatically. However, you are in control, and can disable this behavior and uninstall and reinstall apps as desired.
Note: The course also maps to the third part of MCSA exam 70-698, Installing and Configuring Windows 10. Taking this course will prepare you for objectives in the Manage and Maintain Windows domain of the test.
- Configuring Windows Update
- Updating Windows apps
- Reviewing event logs
- Using Resource Monitor and Performance Monitor
- Managing security with Windows Defender
- Creating a recovery drive
- Restoring and recovering files
- Recovering the OS with Windows Recovery
- Configuring authorization and authentication
- Securing Windows 10 with passwords
- Joining workgroups and domains
- Creating and using accounts
- Automating tasks with PowerShell