How To Keep Microsoft Teams From Intalling

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Having had experience with Microsoft Teams, I recognize that it may not be suitable for everyone. Whether you favor using alternative communication platforms or simply do not require the features provided by Teams, you may wish to prevent its installation on your device. This article will walk you through the necessary steps to ensure that Microsoft Teams is not installed on your system.

Disabling Microsoft Teams Installation

One way to prevent Microsoft Teams from being installed is by disabling the automatic installation feature. Follow these steps to accomplish this:

  1. Open the Microsoft Teams desktop app if you already have it installed.
  2. Click on your user profile picture at the top right corner of the app.
  3. Select “Settings” from the dropdown menu.
  4. In the “General” tab, scroll down to the “Application” section.
  5. Toggle off the “Auto-start application” and “On close, keep the application running” options.
  6. Close the Microsoft Teams app.

By disabling the auto-start feature, Microsoft Teams will not launch automatically when you start your computer. This will prevent any automatic updates or installation prompts from appearing.

Using Group Policy to Block Installation

If you want to take further steps to ensure Microsoft Teams does not get installed, you can use the Group Policy Editor, but keep in mind that this method requires administrative access. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type “gpedit.msc” and press Enter to open the Group Policy Editor.
  3. Navigate to “Computer Configuration” > “Administrative Templates” > “Windows Components” > “App Package Deployment” > “Allow User Control over installs” in the left sidebar.
  4. Double-click on “Allow User Control over installs” to open its properties.
  5. Select the “Disabled” option and click “OK”.

This Group Policy setting will prevent users from installing or updating apps, including Microsoft Teams, on the computer. It provides an additional layer of control over software installations.

Conclusion

Preventing Microsoft Teams from installing on your device is possible by disabling the auto-start feature and using the Group Policy Editor to block installations. By following these steps, you can ensure that Teams does not interfere with your preferred communication tools or take up unnecessary space on your system.