Microsoft's Windows Store is a very useful application for all Windows devices. It may not be as successful as the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. But it does its job well enough.
Lately, Windows users have been having problems with the Windows Store app. The problem appears to appear after installing a Windows update, where the Windows Store icon is nowhere to be seen. Users simply cannot find the Windows Store on their computer. It is usually found in the Start menu. Restarting the system also doesn't help. So how do we fix it?
Various Windows users are affected by this problem. If you are one of them too, you don't have to worry anymore. In this article, we will help you solve this problem using our methods. Follow the methods and you will be free from this problem in no time.
The most important use of the Windows Store is that it allows you to download applications safely. That is, without malware or viruses and only with clean applications. Downloading applications from a 3rd party makes your computer vulnerable to attack. Everything indicates how important the Windows Store is.
Follow the methods, one by one, until the problem is solved.
1. Reset the cache
The best method so far that has helped many Windows users to face the same problem is to reset the Windows Store cache. Follow the steps to perform this method.
Step 1. Open Run. To open Run, right-click the file Start menu and select Run.
Step 2. The last step will open Run. Here, type rip and click all right.
Step 3. Now, the command prompt window will open and rip the command will be executed. Wait for it to finish. When it's done, that's it Restart your computer.
This should fix the problem. Check if you can locate the Windows Store in the Start menu or not. If the problem persists, try the next method.
2. Run the DISM scan
DISM Scan or Deployment Image & Service Management is a built-in Windows 10 troubleshooter that finds and fixes corrupted system files. Follow the steps to perform this method.
Step 1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator. To do this, go to Cortana and type Symbol of the system in the search area. Now, right-click on Symbol of the system from the search results and click Run as administrator. When prompted with a dialog box to confirm if you want to open Command Prompt in administrator mode, select Yup button.
Step 2. The last step will open the Command Prompt window. Now, in the command prompt window, type the following commands, one by one, and press Pay after typing each command.
Dism / Online / Cleanup Image / CheckHealth Dism / Online / Cleanup Image / ScanHealth Dism / Online / Cleanup Image / RestoreHealth
Step 3. Let the scan complete the search and repair operation. This could take up to 20 minutes, so be patient.
Step 4. When the process ends, Restart your computer.
3. Manually repair the Windows Store
In this method, we will manually repair the Windows Store. This process is not easy, so to do it we will have to run some commands in Windows PowerShell. Follow the steps carefully to perform this method.
Step 1. The first step is to download a file from this link. Don't unzip the file, just download and paste it to your desktop. To be more precise, paste the file in:
C: Users Your_Username Desktop
Final report: Here “Your_Username” is your real account name. Don't forget to replace it.
Step 2. Open Windows PowerShell as an administrator. To do this, go to Cortana and type Shell Power in the search area. Now, right-click on Windows PowerShell from the search results and click Run as administrator. When prompted with a dialog box to confirm if you want to open Windows PowerShell in administrator mode, select Yup button.
Step 3. Now in the Windows PowerShell window, you need to type some commands and press Pay after typing each command.
Now Write Y and press Pay if asked how to change the enforcement policy.
cd C:UsersYour_UsernameDesktop.reinstall-preinstalledApps.ps1 *Microsoft.WindowsStore*
Here “Your_Username” is your real account name. Don't forget to replace it.
Step 4. Minimize Windows PowerShell. Now, you need to reset the Windows Store cache. To do this, perform 1 method.
Step 5. Back to Windows PowerShelland type the following command. Press Pay after typing the command.
Step 6. Restart your computer.
This should fix the problem. Check if this solved the problem for you or not. If you still can't find the Windows Store, just follow the next method.
4. Troubleshoot with the Windows Store Troubleshooter
In this method, we will try to fix the problem by fixing the problem with the Windows Store. Windows Store Troubleshooter is the Windows tool that searches for and fixes Windows Store problems. Follow the steps to fix the problem.
Step 1. First, you will need to download the app troubleshooter from the Windows Store. Go to this Microsoft Link to download it.
Step 2. Now, double click on the downloaded file. This will open the Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter.
Step 3. Now in the troubleshooter window, go to Advanced.
Step 4. On the next screen, make sure the box next to Apply repairs automatically is selected and click The next.
Step 5. Now the troubleshooter will look for the problems and fix them.
Step 6. The method is not finished yet. Now open Troubleshoot. To open the troubleshooter, go to Cortana and type Solve problems. Please select Solve problems From the results.
Step 7. The last step will open a troubleshooting window. Here, click Windows Store App and then click Run the troubleshooter. It will be found below Find and solve other problems.
Step 8. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete this method.
This should fix the problem. If the problem persists, follow the next method.
5. Create a new user account
If nothing has worked for you so far, you need to create a new user account. Follow the steps to create a new user account and fix the problem.
Step 1. Opened settings. To open the Settings application, right-click the file Start menu and select settings.
Step 2. In the Settings window, go to Accounts.
Step 3. Please select Family and other people from the left side, then click Add someone else to this PC. It will be found below Other people On the right side.
Step 4. The last step will open How will this person register? screen. Here, click I don't have the login information for this person.
Step 5. On him Let's create your account screen, select Add a user without a Microsoft account.
Step 6. In this step, complete the file Username, Password Y Reenter password of your choice for the new user account. Now click The next and follow the on-screen instructions to create the new user account.
When you are done creating a new user account, log in to the new user account. You will no longer have to face mistakes.
We look forward to helping you solve this problem. If you solved this problem using another method or if you have any questions about this problem, mention it below in the comments.