Fix Error 0x80073D26 – Cant install Gaming Services in Microsoft Store

Recently, a few users complained of getting an error code 0x80073D26 when they were trying to install Xbox Game Pass games on their PCs. When this occurs, you simply can’t install any Gaming services from Microsoft Store as well. 

This bug normally appears when there is any corruption inside the Store app, or the registry entries have become corrupted somehow. Run Store Apps troubleshooter, and delete the misconfigured key entries are two working ways that can resolve such issues. If the problem remains as it is, try resetting or uninstalling/reinstalling the Store App. 

Can’t Install Xbox Game Pass games Error 0x80073D26

If you are not able to download/install gaming apps from Microsoft Store, try applying the below fixes sequentially –

1] Troubleshoot Windows Store Apps

Windows Store App requires dozens of modifications, if not more, to compete with other Store Apps. It is its sluggishness and holding onto cache that causes an error to pop up from nowhere. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t fix issues related to Microsoft Store. Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter is a worthy tool in all means and is useful to solve errors like 0x80073D26 as well. Here’s how this process goes –

  • Press “Windows key and I” to open the Settings app.
  • Select Update & Security > Troubleshoot. 
  • Click over the “Additional troubleshooters” link available on the right pane. 
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the “Find and fix other problems” section. 
  • Click to expand Windows Store Apps and hit Run the troubleshooter.

Store Apps Troubleshooter - Error 0x80073D26

The troubleshooter will either fix the problem or guide you ways on how-to. 

2] Delete a few key entries on the registry

As per Xbox Support, you can easily solve this Gaming issue by deleting a few key entries on the registry. However, as this involves deleting files on the registry, we advise you to create a full backup of the registry. Here are the essential steps to work upon –

  • Right-click on the Windows icon and select Run.
  • Type “regedit” and hit OK.
  • When the Registry Editor comes into the display, browse to the following –

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services

  • Under the Services key, scroll down and search for two key entries i.e. GamingServices and GamingServicesNet.
  • If you do find both or any one of the above-listed entries, right-click on them, and hit Delete.

Now that you have deleted the available GamingServices on the Local Machine, navigate to the HKEY_Users and delete the available GamingKeys available there. 

  • To do so, you need to first browse to the following –

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Classes\Local Settings\MrtCache\

  • You will find a dozen of registry entries at the above path. Right-click on the one that includes “GamingServices” in its name and hit Delete. For Example –

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Classes\Local Settings\MrtCache\C:%5CProgram Files%5CWindowsApps%5CMicrosoft.GamingServices_2.45.11001.0_x64__ 8wekyb3d8bbwe%5Cresources.pri

Fix Error 0x80073D26

Note: If you don’t find any key entries containing “GamingServices”, skip this method, and follow the next one.

  • After you delete all such entries, close the registry, and Restart your PC.

3] Reset Microsoft Store App

If the error 0x80073D26 persists even after modifying the registry above, this must be due to the accumulated cache on the Store App. WSreset.exe is a great tool that you can run to reset the Store app to its default settings. 

Here’s how to perform Store reset –

  • Press Win + R to start the Run dialog.
  • Type “WSreset.exe” and hit OK.

Error 0x80073D26 - WSRESET

  • A black window will open thereafter displaying the ongoing process.
  • Once this is over, Microsoft Store will resume automatically.
  • See if this helps. 

4] Uninstall and Reinstall Microsoft Store using PowerShell

In case you are still not able to download or play Xbox games, uninstalling and reinstalling the Store app might help you. The problem is Microsoft doesn’t provide a regular uninstall option to remove this application. Well, go for the advanced option then i.e. using Windows PowerShell.

Here’s how to reinstall Microsoft Store in Windows 10 –

  • Press Winkey + X to launch the Power Menu.
  • Select Windows PowerShell (Admin) next.
  • When the UAC prompts, hit Yes to authorize opening PowerShell as administrator.
  • Copy/paste the codes below and run them separately –

Get-AppxPackage *windowsstore* | Remove-AppxPackage

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

  • That’s it, the Windows Store App is now reset to its default settings. 

I hope you find this article useful and easy to follow upon. 

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