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How To Turn Off “Microsoft-Verified App” In Windows 11?

Disable Microsoft Store, and modify Registry/Local Group Policy configurations to turn off the "Microsoft-Verified App" setting.

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The “Microsoft-Verified App” is a security feature in Windows 11 that restricts app installation from third-party sources or those apps that Microsoft does not verify in terms of safety. Consequently, you might not be able to install your desired apps on the computer if it does not meet the Microsoft safety checklist. Hence, knowing how to turn off “Microsoft-Verified App” in Windows 11 is essential.

Microsoft-Verified App Message
Microsoft-Verified App Message (Image by Tech4Gamers) 

Here is the exact message you will see:

Error Message: To help protect your PC, we suggest you get a Microsoft-verified app.

Key Takeaways

  • The “Microsoft-Verified App” feature protects your system against the installation of shady or unsafe apps that could harm your computer.
  • To deactivate the “Microsoft-Verified App” feature, you can lift installation restrictions, enable the “Configure App Install” policy, and more.
  • You can completely disable the Microsoft Store on your Windows 11 computer.
WARNING: Disabling the the “Microsoft-Verified Apps” feature may make your data and files vulnerable to threats.

Enable Anywhere Option

Tweaking a few settings in my Windows 11 computer allowed the system to install the apps from any source. However, learn what to do if “Choose Where To Get Apps” is missing in Windows 11.

Given are the steps to change Windows 11 settings:

  1. Head to Settings > Apps > Advanced App Settings.
  2. Click Choose Where To Get Apps > In the drop-down, pick Anywhere.
    Choose Anywhere To Install Apps
    Choose Anywhere (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Many users in the comments of a YouTube video also used the same solution to eliminate this pop-up.

Modify Group Policy

The Group Policy Editor also lets you change the installation-related permissions on your system. Hence, disabling the Configure App Install Control Policy will allow the system to install apps from sources other than the Microsoft Store.

Follow this simple process to modify Group Policy:

  1. Press Windows+R keys to access Run > Type gpedit.msc > Enter.
  2. Expand Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components.
  3. Double-click on Windows Defender SmartScreen > Explorer > Click Configure App Install Control.
    Configure App Install Control Option
    Configure App Install Control (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  4. Mark Disabled > Click on Options drown-down > Turn Off App Recommendations > Apply > OK.
WARNING: Make sure not to delete any files from the Group Policy Editor, as all of them are important.

Disable Microsoft Store

Moreover, disabling the Microsoft Store entirely is another way to restrict the “Microsoft-Verified App” feature. However, from my experience, I would not recommend doing so since Microsoft Store is an essential Windows app and a go-to platform for getting safe and verified apps.

Disable Microsoft Store on your computer using these instructions:

  1. Open Run > Execute regedit.
  2. Type this address in the Address Bar:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\
    
  3. On the left, right-click Microsoft > Choose New > Key.
    Create A New Key
    New Key (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  4. Rename this key to WindowsStore.
  5. Right-click anywhere on the white screen > Hover over New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  6. Rename it to RemoveWindowsStore > Double-click on it > Enter 0 in the Value section > OK.
    Change Value For DWORD
    Change Value (Image By Tech4Gamers)
Important: If you can not enable it again, try restarting your PC.

Use Command Prompt

Like most Windows 11 configurations, you can modify these controls in the Command Prompt. It is a quick method; just ensure to insert the correct code.

Run the correct code in the Command Prompt as stated below:

  1. Open Run > Enter cmd.
  2. Execute the code:
    reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer /v AicEnabled /t REG_SZ /d Anywhere.
  3. If it asks for permission to overwrite values, press the Y button to grant the necessary permissions > Restart the system once done.

Use Local Security Policy

The Local Security Policy contains all the security settings of your Windows 11 and allows you to modify them as per the requirements. Thus, I disallowed the security policy related to the Microsoft Store to turn off the “Microsoft-Verified App” in Windows 11.

Carefully proceed with each of these steps:

  1. Select Search Box > Search for Local Security Policy > Open it.
  2. Expand Security Settings > Software Restriction Policies > Additional Rules.
    Select Additional Rules
    Additional Rules (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Right-click anywhere on the white area > Chosee New Path Rule.
  4. Enter this in the Path section:
    %programfiles%\WindowsApps\Microsoft.WindowsStore*
  5. Set Security Level to Disallowed > Apply > OK > Restart PC.
    Change Settings For Security
    Change Settings (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Disable S Mode

S Mode is a security mode in Windows 11 that protects your computer against suspicious and harmful threats by restricting downloads from any other source than the Microsoft Store. Disabling S Mode lifts off installation restrictions, so I tried the method, and it worked well. If you do not see the S Mode box, note that your computer is already switched out. 

Follow these steps to get out of S Mode:

  1. Navigate to Settings > System > Activation.
  2. If present, click S Mode > Open Store > Hit the Get button.
    Open Store For S Mode
    Open Store (Image By Tech4Gamers)
WARNING: You can not return to the S Mode after switching out.

During our research, we found that users across the Microsoft forum also used the same method to fix the issue. 

While researching, I found that this particular pop-up prevented several users from downloading their favorite apps outside the Microsoft Store, as noted in the Microsoft Community. As per my testing, the feature can be disabled easily, as indicated in the above-mentioned methods. After turning off the “Microsoft-Verified App” in Windows 11, I installed multiple apps from sources other than the official Store. However, you can contact Microsoft Support if the problem is still unresolved.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is “Microsoft-Verified App” Feature In Windows 11?

Microsoft-Verified apps are signed and validated by Microsoft as safe and secure to install on your system.

How To Turn Off “Microsoft-Verified App” Windows 11?

Correct the app installation configuration from “Settings,” disable Microsoft Store, and modify Registry settings to turn off the “Microsoft-Verified App” restriction.

Will Turning Off “Microsoft-Verified App” Affect Computer’s Performance?

It does not affect your system’s performance negatively. Although, you would need to be careful while installing apps from other sources.


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