The Microsoft Store allows you to download and install apps on your Windows computer conveniently. There are times when you may have problems using the Microsoft Store and installing apps from it. Resetting and clearing the cache can help fix these problems related to the app. In this article, we explain how to clear Microsoft Store cache in Windows 11/10.
Purging Microsoft Cache indeed helps to resolve different app installation issues on Windows Store. With each app download, the Store accumulates a huge cache on the computer. In this post, we discuss three different ways to clean unnecessarily stored caches on Windows 10 devices. Let’s explore the solutions in detail –
How to Clear Microsoft Store cache
Windows users often experience trouble downloading or installing apps from the Microsoft Store. Sometimes in the form of error codes like 0x803F8001, 0x80070422, 0x80073CFE, etc. If you want to solve such bugs or errors, you should try to Clear or Reset Microsoft Store Cache on the Windows 10 PC.
To clean the accumulated cache inside Microsoft Store, try the following suggestions –
1] Use WSReset Command
To delete the Microsoft Store apps cache on Windows 11/10, use the following steps –
- Right-click on Start and select Run from the menu list.
- Type “WSReset.exe” at the void and hit Enter.
- The moment you press the Enter key, a window appears deleting the stored Store Apps cache.
- After clearing the stored cache, this will launch the Microsoft Store.
Note: There won’t appear any confirmation message, so don’t wait for it. Rather when Windows Store opens up, start using it.
Running the above single command will reset all of the Windows Store apps. Users may now download and install new applications from the Store. Usually, after resetting the Microsoft Store, you would not experience any trouble. In case, it does fall into some issues, try the below workarounds –
2] Through the Settings app
Clearing and Resetting the Store app via Windows Settings is the easiest method of all. All you require is to follow the below steps sequentially –
- Press Windows+I keys to open the Settings UI.
- Click Apps > Apps & features on the next screen.
- Look for the “Microsoft Store” app by scrolling down on the right pane.
- Once you find this app, click once to expand its box and hit “Advanced Options“.
- On the succeeding page, scroll down and hit the “Reset” button.
- A pop-up window will appear asking to confirm “deletion of preferences and sign-in details”, click Reset again.
When the Store app resetting completes, use your personal Microsoft account to sign in to the Windows Store.
In certain scenarios, there might appear an error message that reads –
Windows cannot find ‘ms-windows-store:PurgeCaches’.
To get rid of this bug, you need to re-register the Store app using the below guideline –
- First of all, open Command Prompt as an Administrator.
- On the elevated console, execute the below command-line –
powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $Env:SystemRoot\WinStore\AppxManifest.xml
3] Use Registry Editor
If you are still unable to download or install applications on the Microsoft Store, there may lie some stored cache of third-party apps. To delete these unused data, use the following steps –
|Note: This method involves modifying a few key entries inside the registry. Any incorrect configuration may corrupt the entire operating system. Therefore, you need to be cautious while altering the registry. To be on the safe side, make sure to create a full backup of the important files and settings.|
- Type “cmd” on the search bar, right-click on the top result, and select “Run as Administrator“.
- If the UAC window comes into view, hit Yes.
- When the Windows Console comes into view, run the below command –
wmic useraccount get name,sid
- Note down the SID against the user account that you are currently using.
- Right-click anywhere on the taskbar and select Task Manager.
- Next, go to the File menu and hit “Run new task“.
- Type “regedit” near the blinking cursor and hit OK.
- When the UAC window prompts, tap Yes to authorize the access.
- Now, browse to the following address –
- On the left pane, locate the SID number (the one you noted down on the command prompt).
- Right-click on this folder and hit “Delete“.
- When a confirmation message pops up, click “Delete” again.
- Completing the above steps successfully will clear out all the stored cache on the Windows Store.
That would be all!
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