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markwco10 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have a special needs son and for this reason I have to limit what he has access to on his iMac.
With the Mac App Store coming I had made the choice to simply not install/download the Mac App Store. I realized that this morning that is not an option, it is installed as part of the 10.6.6 update.
I removed it from the dock but still I realize it is installed on the Mac and for example it's an option on the Apple pulldown menu and I know there is an option of when a file cannot be opened there is an option to open the app store to find an app.
I looked at Parental controls but unless I am wrong could not find an option to completely disable the app store. I don't mind enabling it when I want to install certain apps on his mac that he will need. This may be convenient but simply don't want him to be able to get into the app store to install apps.
Thank you for your help.

MBP, Mac Pro, Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • 1. Re: How do I disable the Mac App Store?
    a Mac user Level 3 Level 3 (715 points)
    Removing the app completely would solve this. You should be able to just stop access from the parental controls themselves. I have not dabbled with the parental controls in a few years but you should be able to add it as a restricted access app.
  • 2. Re: How do I disable the Mac App Store?
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)
    Parental Controls -> Limit Applications -> Allow App Store Apps: Don't Allow

    That should do it, though I haven't tested it.

    Regards.
  • 3. Re: How do I disable the Mac App Store?
    a Mac user Level 3 Level 3 (715 points)
    I agree with you, but I think he means access at all, even opening the MAS application. If that is the case then I would say move it into your user folder, that way he cannot see it to open it.
  • 4. Re: How do I disable the Mac App Store?
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)
    Yep, that would do it. I just tested it, and even if he tries the "App Store" command under the Apple menu, it will just throw an error and not launch the application.

    Regards.
  • 5. Re: How do I disable the Mac App Store?
    pandapower Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It's really pretty awful that you can't just uninstall this garbage, or choose not to install it. You can at least hold back iTunes updates (which really should also be uninstallable), but alas, not this.

    I bought Apple laptops pretty religiously, but I really don't like this direction it's heading, where everything is directly integrated - and attached directly to my wallet. I think this is my last Mac.
  • 6. Re: How do I disable the Mac App Store?
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)
    I don't understand why you find this such an emotional issue, but as was said, just trash the App Store app. Or if you're the only person using the system, just don't use the app. And there's nothing that says you have to install 10.6.6 at all if you're happy with the way things are working for you now.

    You're free to select whatever platform works best for you. But if you think Apple is giving you apps you don't want, wait until you look at how most Windows systems are sold. Talk about included garbageware!
  • 7. Re: How do I disable the Mac App Store?
    Edwin @ Feral Interactive Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Pandapower you can uninstall (aka delete) iTunes and AppStore if you wish always have since iTunes was first launched as an optional download. Drag them to the trash and hit delete and you're done. Unless it is essential for the OS pretty much all applications and utilities are un-installable.
  • 8. Re: How do I disable the Mac App Store?
    fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (15,110 points)
    Of course you can just uninstall the application. Throw it in the trash and delete! Or use an application like AppZapper which deletes the app and its plist file. It is just like deleting any other application.
  • 9. Re: How do I disable the Mac App Store?
    DeimosL Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I agree. Current MAC is my first and I was happy with it. But this new direction means it will be my last. I've deleted AppSotre.app (or whatever it was called). but I still be Finder offering to search App Store for me !!! It is well and truly tied into the OS.

    With windows you take what Microsoft what you to have. Now with Mac you take what Apple require you to have. So looks like Linux (where you still seem to have a choice).

    Seems to be a lot of bad feeling caused by the fact that it cannot be globally disabled. Fanboys love it and hate any criticism yet many others are disappointed. For me, I'll give Apple a wek for a global disable/remove, them commit to Linux. (Of course I'll keep the Mac for Photoshop but no more updates and no replacement).
  • 10. Re: How do I disable the Mac App Store?
    DeimosL Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    But e.g Finder still offers to search App Store for files of unknown type (even with no account/password configured and App Store never having been used before). Still wasting time trying to find a way to edit this out of Finder.

    I have wasted so long trying to get rid of this I am well hacked off - because, had I been asked if I wanted it I would have said NO and saved quite a few hours of trying to undo Job's mess on MY COMPUTER (not his but mine - I paid for it and it belongs to me).
  • 11. Re: How do I disable the Mac App Store?
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)
    But e.g Finder still offers to search App Store for files of unknown type (even with no account/password configured and App Store never having been used before). Still wasting time trying to find a way to edit this out of Finder.

    Sorry, but I don't see why this is a problem. Just don't click the button that offers to search the App Store. You still have the other two options in the dialog box.

    had I been asked if I wanted it I would have said NO

    You weren't offered the option of whether or not you wanted to install 10.6.6?

    Anyway, if you want to rant to Apple, the feedback pages are the place to do it.

    http://www.apple.com/feedback
  • 12. Re: How do I disable the Mac App Store?
    msavwah Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    It wont be long before microsoft and every pc vendor copy it. So quitting the mac won't help you avoid the scenario. Just delete it.
  • 13. Re: How do I disable the Mac App Store?
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)
    I'm not quitting the Mac. Did you mean to reply to another poster?
  • 14. Re: How do I disable the Mac App Store?
    WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,225 points)
    There are hacks in this thread to disable it -- it's in pretty deep -- not just trash the App.


    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2711208&tstart=0
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