This policy setting allows you to control pinning the Store app to the Taskbar
If you enable this policy setting, users cannot pin the Store app to the Taskbar. If the Store app is already pinned to the Taskbar, it will be removed from the Taskbar on next login
If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, users can pin the Store app to the Taskbar
Thanks to everyone for their feedback on this issue and their patience while we developed and shipped the fix.
Warren here with an update on the Store icon issue. Good News! Your feedback has been heard, understood and acted upon. A fix is in the works that will address the scenarios below:
Scenario 1 - You want to block the Store but have enabled the GP to block the Store after applying Windows 8.1 Update. A fix will be made to the GP, such that it will remove the Store Icon pin if the “disable Store” GP is already set.
Scenario 2 - You want to provide access to the Store but want to remove the Store icon pin from the taskbar. A GP will be provided that can manage the Store icon pin.
Thanks for all of your feedback on this issue!
Warren here, posting with more news regarding the Windows 8.1 Update. Among the many features added by Windows 8.1 Update is that the Store icon will be pinned to the users taskbar when users first logon after updating their PC with Windows 8.1 Update.
Some companies will not want the Store icon pinned to the taskbar on company owned devices. There are currently two Group Policy options to control the Store tile pin - one that you can use before deploying the update that will prevent the Store app from being pinned to the Taskbar, and another that you can use after the update has been deployed and the Store app has been pinned to the Taskbar.
User ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesStart Menu and TaskbarRemoved pinned programs from the Taskbar”
The last available option at this time is to have users unpin the Store app on their systems. Programmatically changing the Taskbar pins is not supported nor encouraged by Microsoft. See http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd378460(VS.85).aspx
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