If you try to install software in Windows 10, you may get the message “The app you’re trying to install isn’t a Microsoft-verified app“.
The notification is similar to the Windows SmartScreen notification and helps you keep your PC safe and smoothly running. Ideally, look for a similar app in the Microsoft Store. But if you can’t find a matching app in the Microsoft Store, read on how to disable “The App You’re Trying To Install Isn’t A Microsoft-Verified App” notification
Set the Installing Apps policy to Anywhere
To change the Installing Apps policy:
- Click Start > Click Settings
- In the Settings window, click Apps
- In Apps & Features, change “Choose where to get apps” from The Microsoft Store only (recommended) to Anywhere
- Close the Settings window. The change will only take effect when you close the window.
Setting this to any other option than The Microsoft Store only (recommended) will fix your issue by the way. The message The App You’re Trying To Install Isn’t A Microsoft-Verified App may occur, but you can override the window by clicking “Install anyway”
If the option “Choose where to get apps” is grayed out
If you cannot change the “Choose where to get apps” option because it is grayed out, then you don’t have sufficient rights to change the setting.
Are you logged into the PC as a user, but is someone else the administrator? Then ask the administrator to adjust the setting or to install the software.
Is the PC owned by your employer? Or is your PC part of the corporate network (Active Directory or Azure Active Directory joined)? Then the IT administrator presumably forced the setting. Please contact your IT department if you believe you need the software. They may make an exception for the application. In addition, you may refer them to this Intune site which explains more about the policies.
If you don’t have the option “Choose where to get apps”
If “Choose where to get apps” is not there, you may have Windows 10 S mode. In this version of Windows it is not possible to install applications outside the Microsoft Store. No exceptions.
The only option you have is to disable Windows 10 S mode. But this is an irreversible action. There may be a very good reason why your computer is running Windows 10 S mode. For example, safety for your company or school.
To confirm your PC is running Windows 10 in S mode:
- Click Start > type About > click About your PC (System settings)
- Scroll down to Windows specifications > Edition > confirm that it states Windows 10 Pro in S mode
Other options to consider
In case you try to install Zoom for video conferencing on Windows 10 in S mode, refer to this post: https://www.itexperience.net/zoom-in-windows-10-s-mode/
In case you are having issues running a blocked app after installation, refer to this post: https://www.itexperience.net/myobp-this-app-has-been-blocked-for-your-protection/