Fix: Windows Store is missing or not installed in Windows 10

If the Windows Store is missing or you find the Store app is not installed on your computer then this blog will help you fix this. The Microsoft Store is a preinstalled application in the Windows pack that helps Windows users to download and install the available apps through the platform. We can say the Store app is great, but it has its issues, from not working to gone missing.

Recently some users reported that after updating Windows, the Store app went missing on their Windows 10 computer. If you’re also facing this problem, we’ve rounded up six different solutions that you can try to fix the Microsoft Store app. Before proceeding with the solutions, we recommend you restart your computer and check if it solves the issue.

Microsoft Store app is not installed in Windows 10

You can use the following methods if the Windows Store app is missing on your computer –

1. Run Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter

Windows Store Apps troubleshooter is an inbuilt application, helps in solving the common problem that occurs on Windows 10. You can use and run this utility to scan and detect the problem automatically that causes the Microsoft Store to miss.

Steps to run the troubleshooter:

  • Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
  • On the Settings page, select Update & Security.
  • Select the Troubleshoot tab from the left and head over to the right panel.
  • Click on the Additional troubleshooters link.
  • Scroll down to the bottom and click Windows Store Apps.

Microsoft Store missing or not installed in Windows 10

  • Now hit the Run the troubleshooter option.

Upon running the troubleshooter, it may take up to 2 to 5 minutes to detect the problems. Once the Windows troubleshooter detects the Microsoft Store problem, it will try to resolve the problem. You can also see more options by clicking on the next to see other relevant options to fix the issue.

If the troubleshooter may not be able to fix the problems, then you can continue to the next solution to fix Microsoft Store issues.

2. Restore Windows 10 Store app

The Microsoft Store app is a pre-installed program that comes with a pack of Windows that cannot be deleted or uninstalled on the device; however, you can restore it to solve this issue.

To restore the Microsoft Store app, follow the below instruction –

  • Right-click on Start to open the WinX menu.
  • Select Windows PowerShell (Admin) to open the elevated PowerShell window.
  • Click on Yes if UAC prompt popup on the screen.
  • Type the following command in the app area then hit Enter:
Get-AppXPackage *WindowsStore* -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
  • Restart your computer and then try opening the Store again.

3. Reset the Store app

Resetting the Microsoft Store app helps in clearing the stored data and restoring the default settings; however, you won’t lose the purchased or installed app.   

To restore default setting in the Microsoft Store:

  • Right click on Start and select Apps & Features from the menu list.
  • Next, scroll down and click on the Microsoft Store app.
  • Select the Advanced options link.

Clear and Reset Microsoft Store cache

  • Scroll to the Reset section and then click on the Reset button.

4. Check for Date & Time Settings

It may look like a heckling point, but Microsoft does not work properly with inaccurate dates and times, so please look after it. Is it accurate or not on your PC?  

To set an accurate time, follow the below instruction:

Fix: Microsoft Store missing or not installed in Windows 10

  • Invoke the  Settings app using the Windows + I keys.
  • Go to Time & Language section.
  • Select the Date & time submenu.
  • Move to the right side and turn off Set time automatically if it’s turned on.
  • Click on the Change button and set the correct date and time.
  • Now click the Change button to save it.

5. Clear the Store Cache

This is one of the basic utilities for troubleshooting the Windows error by clearing the cache of the Microsoft Store; the user can enable to update or install apps from the MS store. 

  • Press Windows + R key to open the Run dialog box.

WSreset

  • Now type wsreset.exe in the command box, and tap OK
  • This will open a black window on the screen, ensuring it is clearing the cache.
  • Once the process is done, the black window will automatically close, and the Microsoft store will automatically start. 

6. Create a New User Account

If your user profile is corrupted then there is a major chance of missing the Windows Store app from your device. In such a case, creating another user account may solve the problem. Once you create a new user account, restart your computer and log in with the new account to check if the Microsoft Store issue is resolved.

That’s it. Hope it helped you.

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