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Windows 8 Group policy prevent users from downloading apps from App store

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Is there a way to leverage group policy to prevent users from installing new apps from the app store with Windows 8? I found that you can prevent them from being able to open the store, but then apps that are already installed cannot be updated.
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by:Scobber
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This is a article written around consumer preview.

Talks about microsofts plans for administrative side load, and locking.

Do some searching for the "App Locker" and whether its matured enough.

Here's how Windows 8 will allow administrators to sideload and manage apps
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by:fanoto
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The article is nice, but it's only speculative on what Windows 8 would be offering upon its' release. I have searched everywhere I can think of trying to find a solution to the all or nothing problem presented with Windows Store. I'd like the users to be able to update apps that are already installed, but not to be able to install new apps. These tablets are not on a domain, so there's no way to push app updates to them.
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by:Cliff Galiher
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Unfortunately control of the app store at that granular level is not possible. It is an all or nothing sort of deal as far as opening the app store/installing apps.
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irweazelwallis earned 250 total points
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http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh994588.aspx

this is the only control you have for packaged apps that come from the store.
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