Troubleshooting: The App You’re Trying to Install Isn’t a Microsoft Verified App

Users get this message when they try to download and install an app, not from the Microsoft App Store. Microsoft introduced a new feature in Windows 10 Build 15042 that allows you to install apps only from the Windows Store.

This notification is similar to the Windows SmartScreen filter, which is designed to protect computers from malware and viruses. It is recommended that instead of downloading apps from other places, try looking for similar apps in the Windows Store, and if you don’t find them, you can turn off this security feature and install the app.

What causes the message “The app you are trying to install is not a verified Microsoft app”?

Microsoft does this to protect your computer from suspicious applications that could damage your system. This is because the software you download from other than the Microsoft Store may contain malware or bugs. Therefore, by default, your system will not install applications that have not passed Microsoft’s validation.

Below is a useful workaround that allows you to download apps that have not been vetted by Microsoft. Note, however, that you download these applications at your own risk. Unverified applications may contain malware, bugs, and anomalies that can harm your PC.

How to resolve the “The application you are trying to install is not a verified Microsoft application?

Set the “Install Applications” policy to “Everywhere”

If you cannot uninstall an application in Windows because it has not been verified by Microsoft, the easiest way to solve this problem is to adjust the Microsoft Store settings. This problem often occurs when Windows only allows apps to be installed through the Microsoft Store.

  1. Type Settings in the search bar and click Open to launch the program.
  2. Select Apps and select the Apps and Features option in the left pane.
  3. Under “Choose where you want to receive applications,” select “Everywhere” by clicking on the drop-down menu.

You should now be able to download applications to your computer from a variety of sources. However, if the “Choose where to receive applications from” option on your computer is grayed out, it means that you do not have the necessary administrator rights to make this change.

Disabling Application Recommendations Using Group Policies

Group Policies support many advanced settings that allow you to control your computer’s desktop environment. Here’s how to disable application recommendations using Group Policy:

  1. Type Group Policy in the search bar and click Open to open the window.
  2. In the local Group Policy Editor window, navigate to the location below.
    Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Defender SmartScreen/Explorer.
  3. Now double-click on the Configure App Install Control option.
  4. Select Enable and click Disable App Recommendations under Preferences.
  5. Click Apply and then OK to save your settings.
  6. Now check to see if you can install apps without errors. If the error persists, disable the recommendations through the registry editor.

Disabling application recommendations via the registry editor

  1. Type Registry Editor in the search box and click Open to launch it.
  2. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorer
  3. Now find the line called AicEnabled in the right pane and double-click it.
  4. Under Value Data, enter the value Everywhere and click OK.
  5. Now go to the next location in the registry editor.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows DefenderSmartScreen.
  6. Double-click on ConfigureAppInstallControl and change its value to Anywhere.
  7. Click OK and close the registry editor.
  8. Finally, restart your computer and check if the error is fixed.

Use the command line to install the application

  1. Type cmd in the search box and click Run as administrator to run the command line with administrator privileges.
  2. Enter the command below in the command line window.
  3. Remember to replace the path for cd with the location of the installation file on your computer.
  4. For example, if the installation file is on your desktop, enter the command as follows:
    cd C:\users\techquack\desktop
  5. Then enter the name of the installation file directly.
  6. If the file is in .exe format, type setup.exe, and press Enter.
  7. After running the command, check to see if the program was installed correctly.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Open the Windows 10 Start menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings menu, click on Apps.
  3. Under Choosing where to get apps, click on the drop-down menu and select one of the options that allow you to install apps from any location.

Go to Security Settings and sign in with your Microsoft account. In the Two-step verification section, select Configure two-step verification to turn it on or select Turn off two-step verification to turn it off.

Open Settings -> Applications. Click Applications and features -> Under Install apps, select Allow only apps from the store. After performing these steps, Windows will automatically save all changes without having to restart your computer. You can now only install apps from the store.

  1. Click to open Windows settings for Microsoft Windows 10.
  2. In settings, click on Apps.
  3. Under Apps and Features on the right side, there is the first option Install apps.

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Mark Ginter is a tech blogger with a passion for all things gadgets and gizmos. A self-proclaimed "geek", Mark has been blogging about technology for over 15 years. His blog, techquack.com, covers a wide range of topics including new product releases, industry news, and tips and tricks for getting the most out of your devices. If you're looking for someone who can keep you up-to-date with all the latest tech news and developments, then be sure to follow him over at Microsoft.