How can I stop the MS Store reappearing on the taskbar?

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  1. southamptonfc

    southamptonfc Ancient Guru

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    Despite me always un-pinning it from the taskbar, MS seem to think that I have made a mistake and add it back to the taskbar with every Windows update.

    Is there a way to stop this happening?
     
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    mbk1969 Ancient Guru

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    Do you login into MS account? I have never witnessed such behaviour.
     
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    386SX Master Guru

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    I don't use MS account and my store is gone forever after unpinning it.
     
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    TheDeeGee Ancient Guru

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    Using a local account here, never even seen it show up on the taskbar.
     

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    Step 1: In order to remove any application, sign in as an administrator on your PC or tablet.

    Step 2: A group policy needs to be set up for removal of Windows Store icon in Windows 10 i.e. user policy with the name ‘Do Not Allow Pinning Store App to the Taskbar’ to enabled in. To set up this policy you need to access ‘Local Group Policy Editor’.

    To access the Local Group Policy Editor, follow the instructions given below:

    • Click on Start Menu and type ‘Run’. A prompt will open.
    • Type ‘gpedit.msc’ and select ‘Ok’.
    Note: gpedit.msc is not available on Windows 10 Home Edition

    Step 3: Next, click on ‘User Configuration’, present in the left-pane of Local Group Policy Editor, to expand it. You will see a folder with ‘Administrative Templates’ label. Click on it to further expand and find the folder named ‘Start Menu and Taskbar’.

    Step 4: Double-click on ‘Start Menu and Taskbar’, you will see the policies in the right-pane. Here, double-click on ‘Do Not Allow Pinning Store App to the Taskbar’ policy in order to edit it.

    Step 5: A window will open with three options for the policy i.e. Not Configured, Enabled and Disabled. Not configured is the default value. To remove the icon, select the radio button next to ‘Enabled’ option.

    Step 6: Click on ‘Ok’ to close the window and exit the Local Group Policy Editor.

    Step 7: Now, if your Store icon has not been removed after applying group policies then go to the taskbar. Right-click on the icon. A menu will open. Select ‘Unpin from taskbar’ option.
     
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    southamptonfc Ancient Guru

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    Nice, thank you so much!!


    Hahaha why the hell would I have an MS account?
     
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    Chastity Ancient Guru

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    Because it's useful for managing your licensed MS products. All my OS activations are backed up onto my MS account, along with my Office 2019 Pro license. If I want to free up a license for installing to a new PC, I can manage it from here and it's stupidly easy to transfer the license.

    If I ever have to do a clean install, activating the OS and Office is stupid easy. In fact, I can install Office from my MS Account, as it will run a web installer and download it to the PC.
     
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    southamptonfc Ancient Guru

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    I just re-install stuff from my company's automated installer. No license or MS accout required, all taken care of for me.
     

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