Windows 8 – Closing Metro Style Apps

Back in September 2011 I wrote a blog post called Windows 8–Why you don’t close a Metro Style application. Well with the Consumer preview things have changed because now you can directly close a running Metro Style app without going through the task manager. In the below example I have started a few Metro Style apps and have just switched back to the Task manager, On the Metro Start screen or Windows Desktop when pointing Read More …

How to prevent a Metro App from running using Applocker

In Windows 8 the Applocker feature has been extended to support management of metro style apps. Enterprise administrators can define a Packaged app Rule to allow or deny the installation and/or use of a particular metro style app. When opening the Group Policy editor under Computer Configuration / Windows Settings / Security Settings / Application Control Settings / Applocker there is a new node called Packaged app Rules.   To create a new rule, right Read More …

Managing Windows 8 Metro Style Apps with DISM

As mentioned in my earlier post Windows 8 – What’s new in the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool (DISM) the DISM tool now also contains commands for managing metro style applications. When running dism.exe /online /? we find the following APPX servicing commands. /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage – Removes AppX packages from the image. AppX packages will not be installed when new user accounts are created. /Add-ProvisionedAppxPackage – Adds AppX packages to the image and sets them Read More …