Windows 10 is about to get a lot more secure - here's how
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Feb 27, 2017,
Feb 27, 2017, 23:32
If you want to limit your Windows 10 machine from installing potentially less secure apps, but want to be able to install certain apps that you're certain are safe, then you can simply toggle the setting, reboot, install your app, and then toggle the safeguard back on. It's also a potential source of security issues, which is one of the reasons why some systems, such as iOS, lock app installation to an app store or, like MacOS, provide an option to customize how applications can be installed. While no major features changes or additions are expected at the moment, Microsoft is reportedly adding a last-minute feature that will allow Windows 10 users to only install apps from Windows Store. The feature will enable users to block desktop apps from installing. MSPU reports that the latest Windows Insider preview build of Windows 10 Creators Update includes "a new feature which will allow Windows 10 users to only install apps from the Windows Store". It seems that this new feature will be available in all Windows 10 editions and it will come with a configuration option that will be available in the Windows 10 App & Features settings screen.
Microsoft is taking the smart approach with the implementation of this feature in order to avoid backlash from users.
The only exception would be any Win32 "Centennial" apps such as Evernote that were re-packaged for the Windows Store.
You can only install apps from Windows Store.
Microsoft is working on a Windows 10 version that would be entirely limited to the Windows Store and there's a chance that this new feature could be used specifically for enforcing this restriction.
While there is no guarantee that the feature will land in the Creators Update, as Microsoft may pull it again before the final version is released, it appears as if users get the option to block any win32 program installation on the device. That's a huge disadvantage that Microsoft may not be too keen to correct-and one that worries Epic CEO Tim Sweeney. Considering the company's history with anti-trust actions, hopefully not.