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How to Install Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distros in Windows 10

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a new Windows 10 feature that enables you to run native Linux command-line tools directly on Windows, alongside your traditional Windows desktop and modern store apps.

When you have Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) enabled, you can install WSL distro apps from the Microsoft Store, and import WSL distros.

This tutorial will show you how to install and setup Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) distro apps from the Microsoft Store for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Microsoft Store Apps in Windows 10

The Microsoft Store app in Windows 10 offers various apps, games, music, movies & TV, and books that users can browse through, purchase, or get for free to download and install for their Microsoft account in Windows 10 PCs and devices.

If you like, you can use a group policy that turns off the launch of all apps from the Microsoft Store that came pre-installed or were downloaded. Apps will not be updated. The Microsoft Store app will also be disabled.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to open apps from the Microsoft Store for all users in Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education.

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How to Use AppLocker to Block Microsoft Store Apps from Running in Windows 10

AppLocker helps you control which apps and files users can run. These include executable files, scripts, Windows Installer files, dynamic-link libraries (DLLs), packaged apps, and packaged app installers.

Packaged apps are also known as Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps from the Microsoft Store or already included with Windows 10.

This tutorial will show you how to use AppLocker to block running specified Microsoft Store apps for all or specific users and groups in Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education.

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How to Create Shortcut to Directly Open App in Microsoft Store in Windows 10

You can easily use an URL link for an app to open it in the Microsoft Store online in your web browser, but what if you wanted to directly open the app to its page in the Microsoft Store app in Windows 10?

You can create a link that launches the Microsoft Store and goes directly to your app’s listing page without opening a browser. These links are useful if you know your users are on a Windows device and you want them to arrive directly at the listing page in the Microsoft Store app.

This tutorial will show you how to create a shortcut of an app that will directly open the app’s listing page in the Microsoft Store app without opening a browser in Windows 10.

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How to Specify How Windows and Store App Updates are Downloaded in Windows 10

Windows Update Delivery Optimization lets you get Windows and Store app updates from sources in addition to Microsoft. This can help you get updates and apps more quickly if you have a limited or unreliable Internet connection. And if you own more than one PC, it can reduce the amount of Internet bandwidth needed to keep all of your PCs up-to-date. Delivery Optimization also sends updates and apps from your PC to other PCs on your local network or PCs on the Internet.

You can choose to download updates only from Microsoft, Microsoft and PCs on your local network, or Microsoft and PCs on your local network and internet.

Delivery Optimization works in two ways.

Download updates and apps from other PCs

In addition to downloading updates and apps from Microsoft, Windows will get updates and apps from other PCs that already have them. You can choose which PCs you get these updates from:

PCs on your local network. When Windows downloads an update or app, it will look for other PCs on your local network that have already downloaded the update or app using Delivery Optimization. Windows then downloads parts of the file from those PCs and parts of the file from Microsoft. Windows doesn’t download the entire file from one place. Instead, the download is broken down into smaller parts. Windows uses the fastest, most reliable download source for each part of the file.

PCs on your local network and PCs on the Internet. Windows uses the same process as when getting updates and apps from PCs on your local network, and also looks for PCs on the Internet that can be used as a source to download parts of updates and apps.

Send updates and apps to other PCs

When Delivery Optimization is turned on, your PC sends parts of apps or updates that you’ve downloaded using Delivery Optimization to other PCs on your local network, or on the Internet, depending on your settings.

If you like, you can set a policy to specify the download method that Delivery Optimization can use in downloads of Windows Updates and Microsoft Store App updates. When you specify a download mode, it prevents choosing a download method for Delivery Optimization in Settings.

This tutorial will show you how to specify a download mode for Delivery Optimization of Windows and Microsoft Store app updates in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Video Autoplay in Microsoft Store App in Windows 10

The Microsoft Store app in Windows 10 offers various apps, games, music, movies & TV, and books that users can browse through, purchase, or get for free to download and install for their Microsoft account in Windows 10 PCs and devices.

Some apps and games play videos automatically when you open their page in the Microsoft Store app. You can click/tap on the video to pause playback, or let the video play until it finishes and automatically stops playing.

If you prefer, you can turn off video autoplay in the Microsoft Store app where you would have to click/tap on the video for it to play instead.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off video autoplay in the Microsoft Store app for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Install Themes from the Store in Windows 10

In Windows, you can use themes to help make your desktop feel a little more personal. Themes change the desktop background, colors, sounds, screen saver, and pointers on your PC all at once, and you can switch between themes as often as you like.

Starting with Windows 10 build 14951, you can now download and install themes for Windows 10 from the Store.

Starting with Windows 10 build 15007, you’ll see a Store icon at the bottom of the themes setting page to soon be able to go directly from the themes setting page directly to the Windows Store to download new themes for your PC. This isn’t working yet though.

This tutorial will show you how to download and install themes from the Store to be available for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Remove Windows 10 Devices from your Store Account

The Windows Store offers various apps that users can browse through, purchase, or get for free to download and install to their Microsoft account in Windows 10 PCs and devices.

To be able to install apps from the Store, you must be signed in to the Store with a Microsoft account. When signed in to the Store with a Microsoft account, you will be able to install any apps already owned by that Microsoft.

You can remove a device if you’re trying to install an app or a game from the Store on a Windows 10 device and you’ve reached your device limit. You can install apps or games on up to 10 devices.

This tutorial will show you how to remove Windows 10 devices from being associated with your Store account for getting apps and games.

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How to Hide or Unhide Your Apps in Store My Library List in Windows 10

The Store app in Windows 10 has a My Library feature that shows you all of the apps, games, music, and movies & TV that you installed on all devices while signed in with your Microsoft account. My Library in the Store makes it easy to quickly download and install an app or game owned by a Microsoft account to any account (local or Microsoft) on any Windows 10 PC or device.

Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14342, there’s an update available for the Store app that now allows you to hide and unhide your apps listed in “My Library”.

This tutorial will show you how to hide and unhide your apps from showing in the My Library list by default in the Store app for your account in Windows 10.

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How to See your Recent Activity of Downloads and Updates in Store app in Windows 10

The Windows Store offers various apps that users can browse through, purchase, or get for free to download and install to their Microsoft account in Windows 10 PCs and devices.

Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14342, there’s an update available for the Store app. This new Store app build includes a new Recent activity list in the Downloads and updates section that shows additional information about apps such as the current build number, and the date it was last updated.

This tutorial will show you how to view the recent activity of downloads and updates in the Store app for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Install Your Apps from My Library in the Store in Windows 10

The Store app in Windows 10 has a My Library feature that shows you all of the apps, games, music, and movies & TV that you installed on all devices while signed in with your Microsoft account. My Library in the Store makes it easy to quickly download and install an app or game owned by a Microsoft account to any account (local or Microsoft) on any Windows 10 PC or device.

My Library in the Store can be useful if:

•You want to see all the Windows apps you own for your Microsoft account.
•You uninstalled a Windows app, and would like to reinstall it.
•You would like to install and app owned by your Microsoft account to another local account or Microsoft account.

This tutorial will show you how to use My Library in the Store to install your Windows apps to any account in Windows 10.

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