[Guide] Installing Microsoft Store App in Windows 10/11

[Guide] Installing Microsoft Store App in Windows 10/11

/ Sed Galope

With recent updates, Windows Store applications have become crucial for Windows 11/10 PC users as they can easily download apps from the store. The Windows Store is a legitimate and secure platform for downloading applications. However, some users have experienced issues with the Windows Store app not opening or even the Microsoft Store missing after updating to Windows 11/10.

How to Open Microsoft Store on Windows 10

To open the Microsoft Store on your Windows device, you can follow these steps:

1. If you see the Microsoft Store icon on the taskbar, click on it to open the store.

2. If the Microsoft Store icon is not visible on the taskbar, you can still launch it using the Start menu. Click on the Start menu, type Microsoft Store in the search bar, and then select the Microsoft Store app from the search results to open it.

select microsoft store

3. Alternatively, you can pin the Microsoft Store app icon to your taskbar for easy access in the future. To do this, open the Microsoft Store using the above methods.

4. Right-click the app icon in the taskbar, then select the Pin to taskbar option. The Microsoft Store icon will now be added to your taskbar.

pin microsoft store to taskbar

Reinstall the Microsoft Store App via Settings in Windows 11/10

1. Open Windows Settings app > Apps > Apps & features.

2. If you are using Windows 10, click on the Microsoft Store entry and then click the Advanced options link. (you can also search target app in the search bar)

microsoft store advanced option

3. For Windows 11 users, click on the three vertically stacked dots next to the Microsoft Store entry and then click Advanced options.

4. In the Reset section, click the Reset button. The description will inform you that resetting the app will reinstall it. When you see the confirmation dialog to complete the reinstall, click the Reset button again.

reset microsoft store

Reinstall the Windows Store App via Powershell in Windows 10/11

To reinstall the Store app in Windows 11, follow these steps:

1. Close the Store app if it’s running to prevent errors.

2. Open PowerShell as an administrator. You can do this by searching for PowerShell, right-clicking on Windows PowerShell in the search results, and selecting the Run as administrator option.

3. Copy and paste the following command into the PowerShell window:

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

reset microsoft store via powershell

4. Press the Enter key to execute the command.

The Store app should now be reinstalled on your Windows 11 device.

Reinstall the Microsoft Store App Using Wsreset Tool

If the Windows Store is no longer available on your device, you can reinstall it by using an elevated command prompt and running the following command:

wsreset.exe -i

wsreset command in command prompt

Causes of Microsoft Store Error

Occasionally, users may encounter problems with the Microsoft Store, such as the app crashing or loading excessively. The following are some common issues that can occur with the Microsoft Store, including the missing app.

Here are some common reasons why the Microsoft Store may not open and some solutions to fix them:

1. Incomplete Installation/Missing Files: Sometimes, files related to the Microsoft Store may be accidentally deleted or not installed properly. If this happens, you can try reinstalling the Microsoft Store using PowerShell.

2. Internet Issue: A stable and fast internet connection is necessary for the Microsoft Store to function properly. If your internet connection is unstable, the store may not work efficiently.

3. Server Issue: Sometimes, the Microsoft Store may not open due to technical issues on the server side. This can result in connection timeouts or slow server responses.

4. Unknown Issue: Issues such as cache memory problems or system lag can also cause the Microsoft Store not to open properly. If you see error messages like “Try Again, Something happened at our end,” there may be underlying system issues that must be addressed.

Methods to Fix Microsoft Store Error

Below are several methods to fix Microsoft data and reinstall it on your system:

Clear Cache

Temporary files, also known as cookies, store users’ data and activity logs on the system. Additionally, the system stores data such as images, links, and layouts to facilitate faster reloading of applications.

While cache memory can make retrieval and reloading of applications more efficient, it can also cause issues that lead to application malfunctioning. In such cases, clearing the cache data from your system is best. This will ensure that when the application reloads, it will load new cache memory into the memory, potentially resolving any issues caused by the old cache memory.

Here are the steps to clear the cache data of the Microsoft Store:

1. Press Windows+ R from your keyboard to open the Run dialogue box.

2. Type wsreset.exe in the Run dialogue box and click on OK. This command file is for Windows Store reset, and typing it directly in the Run dialogue box executes the file.

run wsreset command

3. A blank command screen will appear, indicating that Windows Store is clearing its cache data.

4. Wait 10-15 seconds while the Microsoft cache clears.

5. Microsoft Store will restart itself, removing the cache data.

Microsoft Store Reset

Windows offers several user-friendly features that simplify navigating settings and performing desired actions. Among these features, resetting the Microsoft Store apps is an effective way to manage applications.

By resetting the Microsoft Store, users can eliminate all the data that the application has stored on their system, such as logins, notifications, and unbacked-up data. This process is also beneficial for removing junk files. Windows enables users to reset individual applications and the entire system easily.

1. Press Windows + I to open the Windows Settings app.

2. Click on Apps > Apps & Features.

3. Click on Advanced Options to access configurations in an application.

microsoft store advanced option

4. Navigate until you find a label titled Reset, then click the Reset button.

reset microsoft store

5. A pop-up will appear asking to confirm reset. Click on Yes, and then this would clear the data.

6. Now try to open Microsoft, and you will notice that the data has been cleared.


The process of troubleshooting an application is essential as it enables users to examine all the command files of the application and receive recommended fixes in case of any issues. It is like a regular checkup for the system as it allows users to identify and resolve specific problems or services.

Windows offers users multiple built-in troubleshooters that simplify examining and fixing various services. These troubleshooters enable users to work on each service individually and resolve any issues.

1. Open Settings.

2. Click on Update & Security > Troubleshoot.

3. Click on Additional Troubleshooters.

additional troubleshooter option

4. Scroll down, click Windows Store apps, then click Run the troubleshooter.

Launching the troubleshooter will initiate a scan for all Microsoft Store-related services and provide solutions for any detected issues.

run windows store apps troubleshooter

Create a New Account

If users encounter account-related issues instead of application-related issues, it is recommended to create a new account. When multiple users use the same account, there may be issues with the application, so it is best to access Microsoft Store with a different account in such cases.

1. Open Settings > Accounts > Family & other users.

2. Click Add someone else to this PC.

add someone else to this pc

After reaching the Microsoft login screen, you can enter your login credentials to sync a new account with your system. Once the new account is synced, you can download Windows 10 from the Microsoft Store using the newly created account.

How to Install Microsoft Store Apps on a Separate Drive

If you want to move your apps to a separate location, use a faster drive, or if your computer is running out of space, follow the steps below:

1. Open Settings.

2. Click on System.

3. Click on Storage.

4. Select the new drive location under Save locations; on New apps, it will save too.

After completing the steps, any new apps downloaded from the Windows Store will be automatically installed in the new location.

Moving Windows Store Apps to Another Drive

If you prefer not to have all the apps from the Windows Store installed in a different location and you have already installed some apps on your PC, you can move them to a separate drive by following these steps:

1. Open Settings > Apss > Apps & features.

2. Select the app you want.

3. Click the Move button.

4. Select the destination drive from the drop-down menu.

5. Click the Move button to relocate the app.

Moving an app to a different drive may take several seconds, depending on size. It’s worth noting that while the Settings app lists both desktop and Store apps, only the latter can be moved to a different drive.

Alternatively, you can uninstall the app, change the save location, and then reinstall the app from the MS Store.

What Are the Risks Associated With Downloading Apps With This Method, and How Can You Install Apps Safely?

Downloading apps from unverified sources or third-party websites can be risky and may put your computer and data at risk. These apps may contain malware or viruses that can harm your computer or steal your personal information.

Using only trusted sources like the Microsoft Store or verified third-party app stores is recommended to install apps safely. Before downloading any app, check the reviews and ratings and the developer’s information to ensure the app is legitimate and reduce downloading of malicious files.

Keep your computer’s antivirus and security software up to date to protect against potential threats. Be cautious of suspicious pop-ups, emails, or links claiming to offer free or discounted apps, as cybercriminals often use tactics to distribute malware.

Unlock the Power of Microsoft Store: Install the App and Access a World of Possibilities in Windows 10/11

In conclusion, the Microsoft Store is an essential feature in Windows 10/11 that allows users to easily access and download a wide range of applications. However, if you experience any errors or issues with the Store app, there are several methods you can try to fix the problem. These solutions can help you get the most out of the Microsoft Store, from reinstalling the app to troubleshooting and creating a new account. We also provided tips for installing apps on a separate drive and avoiding potential risks associated with downloading apps from the Store.

Sed Galope
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