How to Fix the Windows Store missing in Windows 10

In this guide, we will show you how to fix the Windows Store missing issue on your Windows 10 PC. Rebranded as Microsoft Store, this app comes preinstalled on the Windows 10 OS. Beholding a plethora of apps, games, and software across varied domains, it has completely streamlined the downloading process. Just a single click is all that is needed to download your preferred apps and games.

However, things don’t seem to be so easy going for some. There have been numerous complaints lined up across the Microsoft Forums regarding the app missing or unavailable issues. If you are also getting bugged with this issue, then it’s time to bid adieu to it once and for all. This guide will list out five different methods that will help you fix the Windows Store missing issue on your Windows 10 PC. Follow along for the instructions.

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How to Fix Windows Store missing in Windows 10

There isn’t any universal fix as such for this issue. You will have to try out all the below-mentioned tweaks until you achieve success. So with that said, let’s get on with the guide.

Fix 1: Using Windows 10 Troubleshooter

Microsoft has baked in a troubleshooter app that caters to different domains. And one of them is made just for the Windows Store. From your end, you only need to run this app, the troubleshooter will find the underlying issues on its own and will then provide the associated fixes as well. Here’s how to make full use of this app:

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  1. Use the Windows+I shortcut key combinations to launch the Settings page.
  2. Then go to Update and Security and select Troubleshooter from the left menu bar.
  3. Select the Windows Store Apps and then click on the Run the troubleshooter button.
  4. It will then search for the issues and will list out the fixes. Just click on that fix and restart your PC.
  5. Once the PC reboots, check if it fixes the Windows Store missing issue on your Windows 10 PC.

Fix 2: Reset Windows Reset Cache

If a lot of temporary data has accrued over time, then it might conflict with the proper functioning of the app. This is why it is recommended to clean up the app’s cache from time to time. As far a clearing the Windows Store cache goes, you could delete it from the CMD window, as follows:

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  1. Launch the Start menu and search for wsreset.
  2. Select the Run as administrator option.
  3. Doing so will launch the CMD window and the wnreset command will be executed.
  4. Once done, the Windows Store will be launched automatically.

If you are able to access it now, well and good. Otherwise, restart your PC and then check whether the Windows Store missing issue on your Windows 10 has been fixed or not.

Fix 3: Reinstall Microsoft Store

If the app data or its associated system resources has been corrupted or is missing a few important files, then resetting the cache wouldn’t do any good. In such cases, you should consider reinstalling the app. However, since the Store is a pre-installed app you cannot uninstall and then reinstall it the normal way. To do so, you will have to make use of the elevated Command Window, as mentioned below:

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  1. Head over to the Start menu and search for Command prompt and launch it as an administrator.
  2. Now copy-paste the below command in the CMD window and hit Enter:
    PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Command "& {$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage *WindowsStore*).InstallLocation + '\AppxManifest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest}"
  3. Once you have executed the above command, restart your PC. See if is able to fix the Windows Store missing issue on your Windows 10 PC.

Fix 4: Using the DISM Tool

The Deployment Image Servicing and Management Tool scans for issues related to the system files and fixes the underlying critical issues as well. In that case, running the DISM Tool to scan the health of system files and then restoring the ones that are affected should work out in this case. Here is how you could use this tool:

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  1. Go to the Start menu and search for CMD. Then launch the Command Prompt with administrative privileges.
  2. Once the command window opens, execute the below two commands, one at a time.:
    DISM /online /Cleanup-Image / ScanHealth
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

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Once the process is completed (which might take some time), restart your PC. Check if you were able to fix the Windows Store missing issue on Windows 10.

Fix 5: Reset the PC

If none of the above methods managed to give out the desirable result, then you might have to take the nuclear route. This involves resetting your PC back to its factory default state. Doing so will reinstall the OS as well as the pre-installed apps (including the Store). However, you keep all your personal data safe by instructing it not to delete those files. Here are the required instructions for the same:

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  1. Use the Windows+I shortcut key combinations to open the Settings page.
  2. Then go to Update and Security and select Recovery from the left menu bar.
  3.  Click on the Get Started button under the Reset this PC section.
  4. Then click on Keep my files’ option and proceed with the on-screen instructions to reset your PC.
  5. Once the process is complete, the issue would have been rectified.

So with this, we conclude the guide on how to fix the Windows Store missing issue on Windows 10. We have shared five different methods for the same, do let us know in the comments which one managed to work out in your favor. Rounding off, here are some iPhone Tips and TricksPC tips and tricks, and Android Tips and Tricks that you should check out as well.

 

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