Apps Turn On or Off Archive Apps in Windows 11

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To save storage space and Internet bandwidth, Microsoft Store apps you do not use frequently will be archived automatically. Your files and other data will be saved. The next time you use an archived app, it will connect to the Internet to restore the full version (if it's still available).

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable archive apps for your account or specific accounts in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Archive Apps for Current User in Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Archive Apps for Specific User in Registry Editor





OPTION ONE

Turn On or Off Archive Apps for Current User in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Apps on the left side, and click/tap on Advanced app settings or Apps & features > More settings on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Archive_apps_Settings-1.png

3 Click/tap on Archive apps on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Archive_apps_Settings-2.png

4 Turn On (default) or Off Archive apps for what you want. (see screenshot below)

Archive_apps_Settings-3.png

5 You can now close Settings if you like.





OPTION TWO

Turn On or Off Archive Apps for Specific User in Registry Editor


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select Windows PowerShell.

2 Copy and paste the command below into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below step 3)

Get-WmiObject win32_useraccount | Select name,sid

3 Find the SID (ex: "S-1-5-21-2212846312-626644311-134141314-1001") of the account (ex: "Brink") you want to turn on or off archive apps for. (see screenshot below)

You will need to know the SID of the user account to know which key to open at step 6 below.


SID.png

4 Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe).

5 Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\InstallService\Stubification

Archive_apps_regedit-1.png

6 Under the Stubification key, click/tap on the subkey (ex: "S-1-5-21-1444435275-2663242741-221999885-1001") that is named the same as the SID (ex: "S-1-5-21-2212846312-626644311-134141314-1001") from step 3. (see screenshot below step 5)

The SID subkey (ex: "S-1-5-21-1444435275-2663242741-221999885-1001") will not be there by default unless the setting has already been toggled on or off from Option One.


7 In the right pane of the SID key (ex: "S-1-5-21-2212846312-626644311-134141314-1001") from step 6, double click/tap on the EnableAppOffloading DWORD to modify it. (see screenshot below step 5)

8 Type the number 1 (on - default) or 0 (off) for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

Archive_apps_regedit-2.png

9 You can now close Registry Editor and Windows Terminal if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink
 

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Option One:

Can't find 'Apps => Advanced Settings'

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Option Two => Step 2

What do I need to 'Copy & Paste'?

I'm running Windows 11 Pro v 21H2 Release Preview (Build 22000.318) x64
 

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Option One:

Can't find 'Apps => Advanced Settings'

Option Two => Step 2

What do I need to 'Copy & Paste'?

I'm running Windows 11 Pro v 21H2 Release Preview (Build 22000.318) x64

Tutorial updated to help. :)

I forgot the public release doesn't have the separate "Advanced app settings" yet.
 

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Hi,
Did ms rewrite the meaning of archive ?
 

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Tutorial updated to help. :)

I forgot the public release doesn't have the separate "Advanced app settings" yet.
Thank you.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro v 21H2 (Build 22000.466) x64
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After running

Get-WmiObject win32_useraccount | Select name,sid

from Option Two => step 2, I got the following

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with no SID references.
 

My Computer

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  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro v 21H2 (Build 22000.466) x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
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    Dell Inspiron 3670
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-8400 CPU @ 2.80GHz 2.81 GHz
    Motherboard
    64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
    Memory
    8.00 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) UHD Grahics 630; NVIDIA Geforce GT 1030
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell P2714H Monitor
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    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x 1TB Seagate STGX4000400 External HDD
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Odd with no SIDs listed for your accounts.
 

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By default, the SID does not exist in the registry. It must be created manually or on/off in the Setting. (Windows Home)


# Turn Off Archive Apps for Specific User
$i = Get-WmiObject win32_useraccount | Where-Object {$_.Name -Match "$env:USERNAME"} | Select SID
$i = $i.SID
New-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\InstallService\Stubification\$i" -Name "EnableAppOffloading" -PropertyType DWord -Value 0 -Force
 

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In Option One Step 4, I toggled the the 'archive on /off' button' - 'Off' then 'On' again and reran the

Get-WmiObject win32_useraccount | Select name,sid

command again with the following result

1636614282789.png
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro v 21H2 (Build 22000.466) x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 3670
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-8400 CPU @ 2.80GHz 2.81 GHz
    Motherboard
    64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
    Memory
    8.00 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) UHD Grahics 630; NVIDIA Geforce GT 1030
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell P2714H Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x 1TB Seagate STGX4000400 External HDD
    1 x 2TB Seagate STGX4000400 External HDD
    1 x 4TB Seagate STGX4000400 External HDD
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    Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600
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    Microfoft USB Basic Optical Mouse v2.0
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any reg to disable it?
 

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    Windows 11 Custom Edited
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    i7 9750
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    32GB
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    1660ti
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    Samsung 980 Evo Plus

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any reg to disable it?
Since it's dependent on a unique SID per account per system, there's not a universal REG setting. :(
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 980 PRO M.2,
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Motorola MB8611 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1
    CPU
    i7-1065G7 3.9 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR4-3200
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus
    Sound Card
    Intel SST
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3" 4K UWVA AMOLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
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