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Fix Windows 10 Store App Crashing/ Not Working Problems

Windows 10 is a breath of fresh air; After the horrors that Windows 8 gave to every PC user around the world, Windows 10 brought some nice improvements to the table while maintaining the new features introduced in Windows 8 and keep compatibility with the age old Windows 7. Not everything is bright and shiny though – new features based on new systems bring new problems that need new solutions.

The Windows 10 App Store is a direct response to Apple’s App Store – nevermind the fact that Ubuntu was actually the first one to implement a proper application store, as Linux presents no significant threat to the might of Microsoft, it was ignored. Of course Microsoft couldn’t just make a nice story for existing apps – no, that would make too much sense. What you have now instead is a completely new ecosystem that supports one market place for all the new Microsoft modern platforms such as the Xbox One and Windows Phone and whatever comes next – all running off the same code base developed by the app developers, making everyone’s life easier.

But as it is with everything that is simple – the problems it brings are not simple. For when a system tries to become something that “just works”, it also becomes very closed in nature – almost like a black box, you can’t tell what’s going on its head. Some would argue it is better to have something complicated that is easier to fix than something simple that is not simple to fix.

Anyhow, one of the problems of this new ecosystem is this absurd one involving the Windows 10 App Store – most surely you stumbled upon here because you suffer with this simple problem. There are 3 things you could try – which are now going to be listed below, if none of these work you shall continue your journey on the Googleverse and find something that works for you, or perhaps wait for the masters at Microsoft to find out a simple solution for you.

1. Delete the Windows Store Local Cache

For whatever reason the Windows Store Local Cache could decide to join the dark side and stop working – if this happens, you must exterminate all traces of it. The following steps should be easy enough as long as you follow them.

  • Open the File Explorer and make sure you can see Hidden Items, it’s a checkbox in the folder options.
  • Now Browse to this address: C:\Users\<Your User Name>\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.WindowsStore_8wekyb3d8bbwe
  • Select everything in this folder, and delete it.
  • Restart your PC and see if the store works now, hopefully, it does.

If unfortunately it does not work and your Windows 10 Store App is still crashing or not working then you may have to follow along to the next solution, that also might or might not work depending on what is causing this dilemma for Windows.

2. Check your Time Zone

We are neither timelords, or time masters, and so the Microsoft operating system is not designed for such time traveling adventures that you may or may not have encountered. Sometimes it these simple things that fix the more complicated issues – this is worth a shot before we go on to try a more complicated solution.

  • Right click on the clock in your taskbar at the bottom right and click Adjust date/time.
  • Turn off the Set Time Automatically option and change your time to something random.
  • Now turn the Set Time Automatically back on again and wait for the magic.
  • Once done, try launching the App Store.

Did that fix it? If yes, you know what to do next time you travel through the cracks in time and space. However, if not – follow along to something more adventurous and scary. Perhaps we will encounter some duck ponds on the way.

3. Re-register your Windows 10 App Store with Windows

Every citizen must be registered with the authorities, as is the case with apps – including the apps store. The authorities demand transparency, so when they find someone breaking their expectations they make their life harder – even if it’s one of their own. Just follow these simple steps to redeem the dignity for your beloved Windows 10 App Store.

  • Type cmd in your start menu and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter. This should open the Command Prompt as an administrator.
  • Copy and paste this exact thing into the Command Prompt and let Windows do its thing:

PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Command “& {$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore).InstallLocation + ‘\AppxManifest.xml’ ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest}”

That should register your Windows 10 App Store with the Windows operating system, and let it do its job. If it for some reason does not work you then you only have two options remaining – wait for the overlords at Microsoft or continue your search at the Googleverse, but remember to enjoy your sanity while it lasts. So, these were the 3 solutions to Fix Windows 10 Store App Crashing/ Not working Problem. If you know any more solutions do share with the rest of the world by commenting below.

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