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  1. Posts : 772
    Windows 10 Home x64 - Version 21H2 (OS Build 19044.1766)
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    dalchina said:
    Yes- did you run through the tutorial to see if there's anything there?
    Working on it now!

    The Store has always been buggy and had its problems but I think I've isolated what the culprit is/was.

    In the advanced update options, I found that the "Receive updates for other Microsoft products" was ticked and I un-ticked it:

    Microsoft Store-advanced-options.jpg

    Then the Store started to automatically update by itself again:

    Microsoft Store-store-working.jpg

    Now why that would make a difference, I have no idea?

    And finally, I reached a "Good to Go" status without having to manually fetch the updates:

    Microsoft Store-good-go.jpg

    All back to normal and a solved status has been reached for my problem.

    Thanks @dalchina
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  2. Posts : 35,468
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Glad it's working for you... now ponder this: here's mine.. always has been..
    Microsoft Store-snap-2019-09-16-16.35.34.png
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  3. Posts : 772
    Windows 10 Home x64 - Version 21H2 (OS Build 19044.1766)
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    dalchina said:
    Glad it's working for you... now ponder this: here's mine.. always has been..

    That is curious because I just remembered that mine occasionally sets back to an on status whenever Cumulative Updates upgrade the build number.

    I guess I am just going to have to remember to reset it back to an off status whenever these CU's decide to reset my preferences in advanced options for updates.

    That should be a system wide setting that cannot be altered by Cumulative Updates and I now see why many are disgusted with having to troubleshoot something that shouldn't be touched by these updates.

    Then again, I have no real reason to complain, since Windows 10 was offered to me for free when first introduced to Windows 7 users.

    Again, many Thanks @dalchina
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    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    You're welcome
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  5. Posts : 772
    Windows 10 Home x64 - Version 21H2 (OS Build 19044.1766)
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    The problem has returned.

    The Microsoft Store not updating automatically has been a problem for many users and I came across an interesting request:

    Create a scheduled task to update Microsoft Store applications automatically? - Stack Overflow

    I think the reason his question has not been answered, is because it has only been viewed about 21 times; but better yet, I personally believe it is because there is no true fix. I have tried every available fix including the new ones posted recently through a Google search that suggest checking the "Region" setting in Control Panel.

    The problem is, that no matter what fix is applied, the Microsoft Store will simply not update automatically the apps you already have installed. They just sit there waiting for you to manually click "update all" or click each one manually to download it.

    I have exhausted all possible fixes since reporting it to Microsoft through the Feedback Hub years ago and the only thing I haven't tried (because no one seems to know what the scheduled task structure is) is what that person asked on the stackoverflow site in the above link I posted.

    I find it extremely hard to believe that every single Windows 10 user is bypassing the Microsoft Store to install third party apps to run every possible software configuration on their system. Someone out there somewhere has to have a Microsoft Store that is updating automatically that can share the scheduled task structure.

    If I posted every single fix I have tried and linked every possible fix I have tried, this post would be twenty paragraphs long. I'm not just typing that to be impressive either - I mean it.

    I have been trying to fix the issue for just little over a year since my opening post, and the only solution that seems to be widely accepted is to clean install Windows. The Microsoft community has been regurgitating that fix since the inception of Windows 10 itself and I can assure everyone without a doubt, that it doesn't fix the problem because I have a spare test computer that I don't have listed in my specs that I clean install Windows on for test purposes just like this problem.

    With the test computer included, that makes three computers I have that exhibit the same behavior of the Microsoft Store not updating automatically when all fixes are applied in the same fashion to each computer.

    The bottom line is, whether anyone agrees or disagrees, if there truly was a fix for the Microsoft Store not updating Apps automatically, it would be a one solution fix. Not this insane parody of fifty or sixty different things to try that all end in the same ridiculous outcome of the Microsoft Store Apps not updating automatically.

    The one solution fix I believe will work, is for someone to post what the scheduled task structure looks like in the task scheduler library; yet no one seems to know what it is because it somehow mysteriously disappeared after Version 1903 and I specifically remember seeing it in the task scheduler library long ago, but I don't have those backups from Macrium that far back.

    A suggestion I came across today, implied to set the "windows update" service to "Automatic" when the default is "Manual" Triggered - yet Windows has no problem forcing automatic updates without our consent when the setting is "Manual" Triggered.

    I had to laugh again because when I look at my "Services" now, there is only "Windows Update Medic Service" and it use to be called "Windows Update":

    Microsoft Store-services.jpg
    Last edited by EyeInTheSky; 18 Dec 2020 at 07:24. Reason: Misused a word.
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    Windows 10 Home x64 - Version 21H2 (OS Build 19044.1766)
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    I found a PowerShell script command that works as long as the radio button is ticked to "Update apps automatically" in the Windows store:

    $namespaceName = "root\cimv2\mdm\dmmap"
    $className = "MDM_EnterpriseModernAppManagement_AppManagement01"
    $wmiObj = Get-WmiObject -Namespace $namespaceName -Class $className
    $result = $wmiObj.UpdateScanMethod()
    Funny thing is, it is for the Enterprise editions of Windows and yet it works on Windows 10 Home. I verified it is working because when I ran the script, I opened the store and the pending updates were downloading automatically.

    First, I verified that there were pending updates by opening the Microsoft Store; and of course they were just sitting there waiting to be forced manually by the "update all" button. I then closed the store and ran the script in an Administrative PowerShell environment.

    I then immediately opened the store while the script was running and found that the updates were downloading like they are suppose to be doing in the first place when you have the "Update apps automatically" button clicked on.

    It is the same amount of button clicks to open PowerShell and paste the command script as it is to open the store and download the updates manually; but at least now I know that only the apps I have installed are being updated without having to open the store at all; which is the point of having the "Update apps automatically" button clicked on in the first place that doesn't work by itself for some reason.

    To further automate this, I will play around with the task scheduler and try making a batch script from the PowerShell script that runs the task once a day at login to fully automate the "check for" and "update all" store updates procedure.

    I don't think a batch script will do it though because the PowerShell script contains arguments that can't be excluded when creating the task. The PowerShell script does two things from what I can tell. First it scans and then it contains the code that is equivalent to clicking the "Update all" button in the Windows Store.

    So at this point, I don't think a batch script will do it when inserted as a task in the task scheduler.
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