How to enable / disable the Archive Apps feature in Windows 10

How to enable / disable the Archive Apps feature in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 20201, a new Archive Apps feature has been added.

To save storage space and Internet bandwidth, Microsoft Store apps you don’t use often are automatically archived. Your files and other data will be saved. The next time you use the archived application, that application will connect to the Internet to restore the full version (if still available).

This guide will show you how to enable or disable the Archive Apps feature for your account or specific accounts in Windows 10.

Enable or disable the Archive Apps feature in Settings

1. Open Settings and click the Apps icon .

2. Click on Apps & features on the left side and enable (default) or disable Archive apps on the right side, depending on what you want.

3. Now, you can close Settings if you want.

Enable or disable the Archive Apps feature in Settings

Enable or disable the Archive Apps feature in Registry Editor

Note : You must be logged in as admin to perform this option.

1. Find the SID (for example, S-1-5-21-1444435275-2663242741-221999885-1001 ) of the user account for which you want to enable or disable the Archive Apps feature.

Find the SID of the user account for which you want to enable or disable the Archive Apps feature

You will need to know the SID of the user account to know which key to open in step 4 below.

2. Press Win + R to open Run , enter regedit into Run and click OK to open Registry Editor.

3. Navigate to the key below in the left panel of Registry Editor.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInstallServiceStubification
Navigate to the key in Registry Editor

4. Under the Stubification key, click on the subkey (example: S-1-5-21-1444435275-2663242741-221999885-1001 ) same as the SID (example: S-1-5-21-1444435275-2663242741-221999885 -1001 ) from step 1.

5. To the right of the key (eg S-1-5-21-1444435275-2663242741-221999885-1001 ) from step 1, double-click on DWORD EnableAppOffloading to modify it.

6. Enter the number 1 (on – default) or 0 (off), depending on what you want and press OK.

Enter number 1 (on – default) or 0 (off)

7. Now, you can close Registry Editor if you want.

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