Microsoft Store (previously Windows Store) is the primary place to get applications in Windows 10, with many users preferring the store version of the applications to the installers. The store has also been the primary way Microsoft supplies Windows Apps updates.
However, you may sometimes come across an application in Windows Store, which you may see is not downloading. Here, I shall be discussing how to troubleshoot if you see Microsoft Store not downloading apps on your computer.
- 1 Microsoft Store Not Downloading – How To Fix?
- 2 Wrapping Up
Microsoft Store Not Downloading – How To Fix?
Since the Microsoft Store is closely related to the Windows Updates, one of the primary reasons why you may see Microsoft Store not downloading apps is due to incompatibilities with the Windows Updates components. However, this can also occur due to issues with the time and date, Microsoft Account, and the store cache.
With these basic ideas in mind, here are some simple fixes you can apply if you see Microsoft Store not working on your computer.
Solution 1: Check For Pending Downloads And Updates
One of the first things you should check is for any other downloads that may put your app in a queue. The way these stores work is that you can primarily download one app or update with maximum bandwidth, while the other apps in your queue will be downloaded one by one. Therefore, remove all other apps from your download list except the high priority ones.
In a weird decision, Windows Store updates are also provided by Windows Store. Many times, if you do not manually check for updates, you will not receive Microsoft Store updates at all. After adding only your priority apps, update Microsoft Store if you see it in your downloads. To update the Store, follow these steps:
- Open Microsoft Store from the taskbar.
- Click on the down arrow next to your account picture. This will take you to the Downloads and updates page of the Store.
- Locate and click on the Get updates
- Under the Available updates list, locate Microsoft Store and update it by clicking on the down arrow next to it.
Solution 2: Update Windows
As mentioned earlier, Windows Updates and Microsoft Store are very closely related to their app functioning. Problems with Windows Updates may be reflected in Microsoft Store not working properly. If you have any pending Windows Updates, update the operating system, and then check if you can download apps.
If updating Windows 10 did not help you solve the error, you can try restarting the Windows Update service as well. Follow these steps for the same:
- Type services.msc and press Enter in Windows Search to launch the Services console.
- In the list of available services, locate and double click on the following service:
- In the properties window that opens, change the Startup type to Automatic from the drop-down menu if you wish to always keep Windows updated to the latest version.
- Next, click on the Stop button to stop the service.
- Click on the Start button to restart the service.
- Finally, click on Apply followed by OK to apply the changes.
Solution 3: Check Date And Time
Next, check if there is a mismatch in the date and time of your device with your time zone. This is primarily due to the fact that every device is registered to a specific time zone. If there is a mismatch in the time zones, your device will not be able to sync properly with the Microsoft servers, leading to many errors.
Adjust the date and time of your computer and check if the error persists.
Solution 4: Run The Store Apps Troubleshooter
Windows components keep breaking from time to time, which may lead to many functions not happening correctly. Luckily, Windows 10 has troubleshooters built into the operating system to combat such issues, which can natively search for and fix the issues that you may be facing.
Try running the Store apps troubleshooter if you notice apps not downloading from the Windows Store. To run this troubleshooter, follow this path:
Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Additional Troubleshooters > Windows Store Apps
Click on Run the troubleshooter button to launch the troubleshooter and diagnose issues.
Solution 5: Reset Windows Store
Like other apps and services, the store can also be reset if you see Microsoft Store not working. The store can be reset using an admin command prompt window, and you will need to follow these steps for the same:
- Launch a Run dialog by pressing Win + R.
- Type cmd and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to launch a command prompt with administrator privileges.
Click on Yes in the user account control prompt.
- Type the following command and press Enter to reset the Windows Store cache:
Wait for the reset window to close automatically once the cache data is reset and restart your computer. Launch the Windows Store, which should rebuild the cache library, therefore, solving your error.
Solution 6: Run SFC And DISM Scans
If none of the solutions provided above helped you, there might be some important system components missing from your computer. Such errors can lead to many issues, mostly related to your operating system malfunctioning, or certain feature components not working to their fullest.
Run SFC and DISM scans, which are useful in rebuilding the system components from online repositories. Wait for the scans to finish and restart your computer. Once the computer restarts, check if the error persists.
Solution 7: Reinstall Windows Store
Finally, reinstall Windows Store if repairing system components did not help you, or the scans did not find any missing or corrupt files. To reinstall Windows Store, follow these steps:
- Open admin PowerShell, by searching for it in Windows Search.
- Remove the Windows Store app and its file by typing the following command and pressing Enter:
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore | Remove-AppxPackage
- Reinstall Windows Store by typing the following command and pressing Enter:
Add-AppxPackage -register “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.WindowsStore*\AppxManifest.xml” -DisableDevelopmentMode
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So there you have it. Now you know how to troubleshoot if you see Microsoft Store not downloading applications on your Windows 10 computer. Comment below if you found this useful, and to discuss further the same.