How to install and open the Microsoft Store App Store in Windows 10

Modern Windows 10 has a fairly convenient tool for searching, downloading and updating applications - Microsoft Store. In general, by default, it should work on most OS versions, however, sometimes there is simply no necessary icon on the taskbar!..

By the way, in some cases it is deleted accidentally when it is changed (or disposed of

Anyway, in this short note I will offer a ‘couple’ of ways how you can restore the Microsoft Store on your own.


On some versions of Windows OS, it is impossible to install Windows Store (for example, Enterprise LTSB is designed for organizations and is distinguished by its minimalism …). In this case, there are (in my opinion) two options:

  • or change the OS version (for example, to Windows 10 Pro),
  • or, at your own risk, use some ‘non-official’ additions (which you don’t know how they will behave …).


The content of the article

  • 1The restoration of the remote Windows Store (app Store)
    • 1.1Option 1
    • 1.2 Option 2 (via the console)
      • 1.2.1If there is an access error (insufficient permissions, etc.).
    • 1.3 Option 3 (via OS update)

Restoring a deleted Windows Store (app Store)


The very first thing I recommend is to check the START menu, the letter ‘M’. It often happens that there is a Store, but there is no icon on the taskbar (just hidden). See the screenshot below.

It is also worth using the search (the magnifying glass icon near the START button) - by typing in the line ‘Store…’ (tab ‘Applications’).

Search Store in Windows 10

If there is nothing similar to Store, go to option 1.


Option 1

To begin with, I want to consider the most ’sad’ case (when there is simply no Store in the system at all // for example, you have an assembly from ‘craftsmen’ …).

We will need the store’s files. They can be downloaded, for example, from the GitHub resource (here

After downloading the archive, you need to extract it, and run the file ‘Add-store.cmd’ on behalf of the administrator (to do this, just right-click on the file …).

Running on behalf of the admin

Then wait for the installation to complete.

Adding a store

A link to the Microsoft Store will appear in the START menu. Problem solved?!

Microsoft Store


Option 2 (via the console)

1) First you need to run the ‘Task Manager’ - to do this, hold down the keys. Ctrl Shift EscCtrl Alt Del

Next, click on the File/new task menu.:

  1. enter in the line’Open the command PowerShell,
  2. check the box ‘Create a task with administrator rights’,
  3. click OK. An example is shown in the screenshot below.

File - start a new task - PowerShell

2) The PowerShell shell should open. Copy the following command into the window PowerShell(Ctrl C / Ctrl V)and press Enter.

Get-Appxpackage -Allusers


3) After that, a lot of new lines will appear and flash by. To find the one we need, right-click on the top line of the window and open the search box.


4) You need to search for the string ‘windowsstore’ (of course, without quotes - see the screenshot below).


5) Now you need to opposite the ‘PackageFamilyName’ parameter (see the example below)copy the line (in my case it is:Microsoft.WindowsStore_8wekyb3d8bbwe).


6) And finally, you need to correct the line below for yourself (it is convenient to copy it to notepad and change it): pay attention to the brown part of the string - it needs to be replaced with its own string, which we copied in the previous step.

Add-AppxPackage -register ‘C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.WindowsStore_8wekyb3d8bbweAppxManifest.xml’ -DisableDevelopmentMode

Run the


After that, you need to add the final version to PowerShell and press Enter. As a rule, the store will be reinstalled after a few seconds.

If there is an access error (insufficient permissions, etc.).

1) Go to the directory ‘C:Program Files’ and open the properties of the WindowsApps folder.

After in the ‘Security’ tab, click on the ‘Additionally’. See the screenshot below.

Security - optional

2) In the tab’Permissions’ click on Extend (if administrator rights are required).


3) Then click on the change button of the folder owner (see the sample below).


4) Then open the tab’Optional’.


5) Now click on the ‘Search’, in the search results, select your account and click OK.


6) After you notice that the owner of the folder has been changed - just confirm it by clicking OK.


7) Of course, all operations in the PowerShell console (after changing the rights) will need to be repeated…


Option 3 (via OS update)

If the above method did not help, then updating Windows can be a very effective solution. Moreover, it is best to do this with the help of a special tool (download link)from Microsoft itself.

After running this tool, you can choose that you want to update this computer now. Next, this utility will download all the necessary files and update Windows with the preservation of your documents, pictures, etc.*

* Note: despite the fact that this method of updating is considered safe - I would recommend treating it as a reinstallation of the OS. That is, first make a backup copy of all important documents and files…

Update this computer now


Additions on the subject of the note are welcome…

Have a good job!

First publication: 16.08.2019

Adjustment: 21.07.2021

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