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

One of the best things about 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 face a problem opening it or one of the apps downloaded from it. It’s a common issue faced by us all. Here in this article, learn how to Fix the Microsoft Store and Its Apps in Windows 10.

Fix the Microsoft Store and Its Apps in Windows 10

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 go through the whole list as you may find a more straightforward second solution to the issue you are facing.

Guide to Fix the Microsoft Store and Its Apps in Windows 10

These tips will fix any problem you have with the Microsoft Store Apps

  1. Reset Microsoft or Windows Store and Apps
  2. Store Apps Troubleshooter
  3. Setup Correct Time Zone
  4. Reinstall and Reregister the Apps
  5. Clear Store Cache
  6. Third-Party App Reset

Some of the commands need admin privileges.

1] Reset the Microsoft or Windows Store and Apps

Let’s begin with the simplest of all solutions— Resetting. It can fix most of the issues that come up with the Microsoft Store or the Apps within minutes. During the initial days of Windows 10, users had no idea about the option which can reset the Store or the Apps. You can choose to Reset or Repair. If you choose Repair, then app data remains.

  • Close the App or the Store, which is giving trouble to you.
  • Open Windows Settings using Windows + I. Then navigate to the Apps & Features options under Systems.
  • 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 not be available after reset.
  • You need to click Reset again.
  • A checkmark will appear confirming that the reset is complete.
  • Open the app and check if the problem is resolved. If it persists, try some of the other listed methods.

2] Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter

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 a problem with the Microsoft Store or Apps running the troubleshooter helps in reaching a solution. The chances are that your system will automatically detect the problem and fix it automatically.

  • Go to Windows 10 Settings (WIN + I), then navigate to Update & Security > Troubleshoot.
  • Click on Windows Store Apps, and then click on Run the troubleshooter button.
  • 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.
  • Click it and make sure to check the box next to Apply repairs automatically.
  • 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 get notification of whether the troubleshooter could or couldn’t find out the problem you are facing.
  • Click on View complete information to find out more details.

3] Setup Correct Time Zone

Windows 10 Time Settings

I know it sounds 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. It 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. It will make the system take care of the date and time.
  • 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] Reinstall and Reregister 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. It solves all kinds of issues you can face with the Windows Store or Apps, including problems 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 most relevant search result and right-click 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 get a notification once the process is over.
  • Open the desired app, which was causing the problem, and it should run just as it was supposed to.

Related: How to remove Windows apps

5] Clear Store Cache

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Store caches are one of the biggest culprits 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 steps below to remove the cache. The steps are simple, and don’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 the 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 the screen.
  • You will see a command window open up, which will be blank. It is intentional, and there is nothing to get worried about in this scenario.
  • When the process gets over, the command window will automatically shut down.

6] Third-Party App Reset

When you are working with Third-Party Apps, the process is a bit different than that for the default ones.

  • You need to press the 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 the screen.
  • In the window that appears online, copy and paste the command and hit enter.
       wmic useraccount get name,sid
  • You will get a list of all the user’s account that is present on your system along with their respective SID or Security Identifiers.
  • Take note of all the different SID accounts which are related to the problematic apps. Also, note the SID related to the Microsoft Store.
  • Press the Windows key + R together to open the Run window on your system.
  • Type in Regedit and then hit the OK button. It 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 a problem. Make sure to create a system restore.
  • 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 not be there anymore.

Conclusion

These are some of the most straightforward solutions 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 problems that are deep-seated in the store itself. I hope you were able to follow our  Guide to Fix the Microsoft Store and Its Apps in Windows 10.

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.

One comment

  1. Very nice guide.

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