Every time you open a file which does not have an application registered to open it, Windows 10 and Windows 8 offer you to open the Windows Store and look for an app there. However, the user may not use Store apps/Universal (Metro) apps and prefer desktop apps instead. So the link to look for an app in the Store is useless for those who prefer classic Desktop apps. You can disable the 'Look for an app in the Store' prompt. Here is how it can be done.
To disable Look for an app in the Store in Windows 10 and Windows 8, you have at least two options.
First, you can apply a simple Registry tweak. Do it as follows:
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following Registry key:
Tip: See how to jump to the desired Registry key with one click.
If you don't have such a key, then just create it.
- Create a new 32-bit DWORD value here named NoUseStoreOpenWith. Even if you are running 64-bit Windows 10, you still need to create a 32-bit DWORD value. Set its value data to 1 as shown below:
- Restart Windows 10.
After that, you should no longer see the link to Look for an app in the Store:
If you would like to avoid Registry editing and save your time, use Winaero Tweaker. Using this freeware, you can enable or disable the "Look for an app in the Store" prompt with just one click. The appropriate option can be found under "Behavior":