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A Complete Guide to Fix the Windows Store and Its Apps in Windows 10

One of the best things about the Windows 10 is the Windows Store. It is one of the best places where you can search for as well as download or buy various Windows 10 apps and software for your device. However, one of the main problems with the Windows Store is that you might facing problem opening it or one of the apps downloaded from it. It’s a common issue faced by us all. Here in this article we have gathered some of the most common issues faced along with their solutions to make your life simple.

Although you may be facing a single issue with your Windows Store doesn’t mean that it would have only one solution for it. We suggest you to go through the whole list as you may find a simpler second solution to the issue you are facing.

1. Reset the Windows Store and Apps

Let’s begin with the simplest of all solution, resetting. Many of the issues that come up with the Windows Store or the Apps can be fixed within minutes just by resetting the same. When Windows 10 was first launched, people with simple user interface knowledge couldn’t reset the Store or the Apps. But on the anniversary of Windows 10, Microsoft made some corrections which allow you to reset Apps and Store with the most common computer settings. You could just follow the steps below:

  • Close the App or the Store which is giving trouble to you.
  • Press Windows + I which will open Settings for you. You have to navigate to the Apps & Features options under Systems

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  • You have to search for the App which is causing the problem (Store is one of the listed apps) and click on to the Advanced Options.
  • Next, you have to click the Reset option on the list. You will get a warning which will let you know that all your data, settings, and sign-in details of the app will be deleted. You need to click Reset again.

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  • A checkmark will appear confirming that the reset is complete.
  • Open the app and check if the problem is resolved. If it still persists, try some of the other listed methods.

2. Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter

Although the Windows Store and its Apps sometimes run into various issues, one of the boons of the Windows 10 system is the troubleshooter which comes inbuilt with it. When you run into an issue with the Windows Store or Apps running the troubleshooter helps in reaching a solution. Chances are that your system will automatically detect the issue and fix it automatically.

  • Go to the search option of the system, type Troubleshooting and hit enter. Select the result which you feel is most appropriate.

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  • In the left-hand menu of the same you will get View All option. When you click it, you will get the Windows Store Apps option, click it.
  • A new window will open up which will contain the Advanced option.

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  • Click it and make sure the box next to Apply repairs automatically is ticked.

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  • Click Next and it will automatically try to detect the problems as well as find a solution for the same.
  • When the process ends, you will be notified whether the troubleshooter could or couldn’t find out the problem you are facing.
  • For a detailed information on the fixings or whatever has not been fixed you can always click the View detailed information option available.

3. Having Proper Time Zone

I know it sounds kind of crazy and weird at the same time, but if your Windows 10 system doesn’t have the proper time zone updated, it can cause multiple problems with the Windows Store and the Apps. This could be one of the weirdest reasons for them to malfunction. To check and fix this problem do the following:

  • The time is available on your Taskbar, right-click on it. From the available options, select Adjust date / time.
  • The most recommended option would be to switch On the Set time automatically and Set date automatically option. This will make the system take care of the date and time.

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  • If the date and time are still not on the right track, turn the option Off. Click Change and manually set the correct time and date.
  • Save the required changes made and try opening the Windows Store or Apps again.

4. Reinstalling and Reregistering the Apps

If you are looking for a one stop solution for all the problems faced with your Windows Store or Apps then this is the go to solution. This solves all kinds of issues you can face with the Windows Store or Apps, including issues like “This app can’t open” as well as “Your trial period for this app has expired. Visit the Windows Store to purchase the full app.” There are some commands which can alter this situation. But you have to keep in mind that if you have previously uninstalled any app, this command will not install it back on your system.

  • Go to the search option of your system and type PowerShell and hit enter.
  • Find the search result that is most relevant and rightclick on it. Select the option which states Run as administrator.
  • You will get a UAC prompt where you have to select Yes.
  • You need to copy the command

      “Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

      then paste it in the PowerShell window by Ctrl + V. Hit the enter button.

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  • The process will run automatically on your Windows 10 system. You will be notified once the process gets over.
  • Open the desired app which was causing the problem and it should run just as it was supposed to.

5. Clear Store Cache

Store caches are one of the biggest culprit when it comes to malfunctioning of Windows Store and Apps. Caches cause problems related to the updating of the apps and also installing them.

When working with Default Apps you need to follow the below steps to remove the cache. The steps are simple and doesn’t change your setting much. It will not delete your data or signing options not will it delete the app from your system.

  • You first need to open Run option on your Windows 10 system by pressing CTRL + R option.
  • Next, you need to type wsreset.exe and press the OK option available on screen.

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  • You will see a command window open up which will be blank. This is done intentionally and there is nothing to get worried about in this scenario.

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  • When the process gets over, the command window will automatically shut down.

When you are working with Third Party Apps the process is a bit different than that for the default ones. This method will be beneficial when you are working with apps that have been downloaded from the Windows Store.

  • You need to press Window + X button on your Windows 10 system which will open the command prompt window.
  • Select the option Command Prompt (Admin) from the list that appears on screen.
  • In the window that appears online, copy and paste the command    

     “wmic useraccount get name,sid” and hit enter.

  • You will be provided with a list of all the users account that is present on your system along with their respective SID or Security Identifiers.
  • You need to take a note of all the different SID accounts which are related to the apps with which you are facing a problem as well as the SID related to the Windows Store.
  • Press the Windows key + R together in order to open the Run window on your system.
  • Type in regedit and then hit the OK button. This will help you to open the Registry Editor of your system.
  • You need to carefully edit this registry because even a tiny mistake may cause heavily for your system.
  • With the help of the left-hand navigator you need to move to the location

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore”.

  • Still being on the left-hand pane you now need to select the SID that you had previously noted down, related to the troubling app or the Windows Store.
  • You now need to click on the Delete option available and then to confirm your selection, you need to press the Yes button.
  • Restart your system and your problem should be resolved for good.

These are some of the easiest solution to most of the common problems faced by people when using the Windows Store or Apps on the Windows 10 system. We hope that it has been of help to you and that whatever issue you were facing has been resolved and you can now use your Store or apps smoothly.

If you are still facing some issues, try creating a new account in the Windows Store which will take care of issues that are deep seated in the store itself.

About Yogesh Mankani

Yogesh Mankani is a freelance content writer from last 6 years. His passion for blogging, giving words to his ideas and thoughts is what makes him fall more in love with his profession which he takes very personally.
  • Shafat Ahmåð

    Very nice guide.