A new feature has been discovered in the preview builds of the Windows Creators update. This new feature will prevent any app from installing on Windows 10 that isn’t available in the app store. This new feature has the potential to limit the risk of bloatware and malware on computers.
This feature is very similar to Apple’s macOS Gatekeeper, which has been a part of the Mac operating system for quite some time. On Apple machines, for example, Gatekeeper is on by default and will limit what you can install to only apps found on the Mac App Store.
As far as the Windows features are concerned, you will have three settings. First, you can only allow apps from the Windows Store. Second, there is a choice that is a little less restrictive. This setting will prefer apps from the Store and warn you if it doesn’t come from the store but it will still allow you to install it. The last option is pretty much what we have now. This setting opens everything up and lets you install from anywhere without any warning.
If you have the setting on, a dialog box will open saying: “You can only install apps from the Windows Store. Limiting installations to apps from the Store helps to keep your PC safe and reliable.” The more relaxed version states that you can install them but it will warn you that they could be harmful.
This feature could be helpful to system admins and even consumers looking to keep their machines safe from malware and other threats. At the same time, this could be an incentive for developers to list their apps on the Windows Store instead of from third party sites.
Not everyone is happy with this new setup, with many feeling that this new policy is yet another instance of Microsoft limiting their choices in Windows 10, much like how they felt about the restrictive update policies that Microsoft put in place when they released this version of their operating system.
If you are looking for this setting, you will be able to find it under Settings – Apps & features. The setting won’t be made available until you update to the Creators update. This update is expected to hit live sometime in April. However, if it runs like past major updates, it could take a little time before your machine sees that it is available.
This is just one of many new features coming with the Windows 10 Creators update. Microsoft intends to keep to its Windows as a service model and continue to improve and tweak the operating system. This update will be the first of two major updates expected to come to Windows 10 this year.
What do you think of this new update? Do you think it’s a good idea or do you not like the idea of Microsoft limiting where you can go for your favorite applications? Tell me your thoughts on this and Windows 10 Creators update in the comments below. I would love to hear your thoughts on the future of Windows 10.
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