This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable archive apps for your account or specific accounts in Windows 11.
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).
Open Settings (Win+I).
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)
Click/tap on Archive apps on the right side. (see screenshot below)
Turn On (default) or Off Archive apps for what you want. (see screenshot below)
You can now close Settings if you like.
You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.
Open Windows Terminal, and select Windows PowerShell.
Copy and paste the command below into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below step 3)
Get-WmiObject win32_useraccount | Select name,sid
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)
Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe).
Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)
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.
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)
Type the number 1 (on - default) or 0 (off) for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
You can now close Registry Editor and Windows Terminal if you like.