Windows 10: How to reinstall Store. Solved

Page 3 of 5 FirstFirst 12345 LastLast
  1. Cliff S's Avatar
    Posts : 21,633
    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Win10 Pro Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       20 Nov 2015 #21

    bummpr said: View Post
    I just did the Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1511 for x64-based Systems (KB3118754) this morning and now my Store app was inoperable...just a darkened icon on my Start Menu.

    I tried the reinstall trick using Powershell and now I have the phoney blue @Microsoft.blah.blah icon which immediately flashes and then closes.

    Any hints on how to get a clean install of the Store App?

    Do an inplace upgrade(it worked for me: Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  2.    21 Nov 2015 #22

    It turns out Privatefirewall was causing the problem with my Windows Update. I checked the service for my Windows Store. It's set to manual. And that setting is blocked out so it can't be changed.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3. Cliff S's Avatar
    Posts : 21,633
    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Win10 Pro Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       21 Nov 2015 #23

    crimson said: View Post
    It turns out Privatefirewall was causing the problem with my Windows Update. I checked the service for my Windows Store. It's set to manual. And that setting is blocked out so it can't be changed.
    I would never have thought of that, as I use Windows Firewall advanced settings to make changes. It's not so user friendly, but ports remain closed unless I open them or give a program permission in UAC. Besides these days a lot of 3rd party firewalls ride piggy back on Windows own, with just a more user friendly UI(I don't know if that's the case with yours). Good that you found the cause though.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  4.    21 Nov 2015 #24

    No Privatefirewall doesn't work with Windows Firewall. I keep Windows Firewall completely shut down. But the Privatefirewall thing actually fixed the problem.

    It's weird. I had it shut off when I was doing all these tests. The store wasn't working. Likewise Windows Update was stalling on checking when used either from my MSA user account or from built-in Administrator. In the built-in Administrator account, I turned on Privatefirewall, and Windows Updates worked. I uninstalled Privatefirewall altogether, and everything just started working. Even the Store. Now I'm testing out Zone Alarm.

    I'm not comfortable using the built in Firewall because it might let stuff in and out from MS. Like Private Firewall told me about "wsqmcons.exe". Something in Windows that tries to access the internet. Which Windows Firewall probably would have let through. I found out what it was - a Customer Experience Improvement goblin-process. I was able to go into Task Scheduler to disable it. If not for the third-party firewall, I probably wouldn't have known about it.

    This is the whole reason I keep the Windows Firewall completely shut off, and use third-party full firewall. Hopefully Zone Alarm does just as good a job as Privatefirewall without the glitches.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    22 Nov 2015 #25

    crimson said: View Post
    I'm having the same problem. Among others. While logged into the built-in Administrator, I tried the commands the PowerShell. I got an error saying:
    "Cannot find path 'C:\Windows\WinStore\AppxManifest.XML' because it does not exist."

    But I can do a search in the Cortana search, and the store comes up. It just doesn't work when I try to use it.

    Checking for updates doesn't work either. I tried checking it in Administrator:
    "We couldn't get online to download your updates. We'll try again later, or you can check now. If it still doesn't work, make sure you're connected to the Internet."

    This is with my firewall and antivirus off. I also tried checking for updates while logged into my MSA user.

    I couldn't even get Skype working properly or my firewall while logged into my MSA user. Not sure what I can do at this point. Is there a way to fix the OS without deleting installed applications?
    I was finally able to get a Restore operation to work...first two entries did not work but the third one in the list of Restore points brought me back to life with all my apps intact..

    Control Panel: System: System Protection: System Restore:
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    03 Jan 2016 #26

    Kari said: View Post
    Looks as if the Store really is completely gone. If you search for Store with Cortana / Search, is it shown?

    Hi, Kari.
    My app store exists. but i get the same error after execute your power shell command, why?

    Add-AppxPackage : Cannot find path 'C:\WINDOWS\WinStore\AppxManifest.XML' because it does not exist.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7. Kari's Avatar
    Posts : 15,009
    Windows 10 Pro
       04 Jan 2016 #27

    demonguy said: View Post
    My app store exists. but i get the same error after execute your power shell command, why?
    To re-register the Store, try the method told in this tutorial: Store - Re-register in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
       07 Jan 2016 #28


    I've run into just about every problem encountered by everyone previously posting, plus more. To keep this short, I'll only mention the differences. I was on the Fast Track of Microsoft's Insider Preview, but after the most recent preview update rendered my laptop close to inoperable (it would never completely shut down, and booting/rebooting failed at least 90% of the time, leaving me with a black screen), I first rolled by my Win10 install to the last official build (Ver. 1511, Build 10586.36), and then removed myself from any further Insider Preview builds. Unfortunately, I discovered (only yesterday) that the Microsoft Store, as well as any apps related to the Store (Calculator, Calendar, Weather, etc) no longer function. As with others, I get a "flash" of the outline where the app would appear, and then it's gone. Talking with Microsoft's tech support was useless, even after going through PowerShell, etc (as described throughout this forum. I believe I've finally tracked down the problem, but as for a solution, I haven't the slightest clue.

    To the best I've been able to figure out, while Windows was restored to the previous build, the Microsoft Store, as well as all Store apps having been updated to versions newer than the "official" release, remained as their "newer" version. Just to mention a few, as an example, the Store folder within the WindowsApps is labeled as version "2015.25.5.0", while the version attempting to be installed (and failed) from the reinstall-preinstalledApps.ps1 file is "2015.2323.4.0". Likewise, the version of Windows Maps, as shown on my computer, is version "4.1512.3450.0", while the reinstaller package contains version "4.12.11000.0". I could go app-by-app, stating the "newer" versions shown on the laptop, against the "older" versions included within the reinstaller package, but I'm sure you get the picture.

    I've tried every PowerShell option, and it's all failed. I've tried performing an In-place Upgrade, and, due to the first two options (especially the first option) being grayed out, that's not a possibility. Through the "assistance" of Microsoft's phone-based tech support, I've even attempted to uninstall the Microsoft Store, and all related apps, so as to install the Store, as well as the apps, from "scratch", but, as with everything previously attempted, all has failed. I'd REALLY prefer to avoid doing a clean install (if EVERYTHING fails, I guess I'll have no choice), but I am also close to the "end of my rope", so to speak. What else is there left to try, before the "last resort clean install"???

    Any/All help is appreciated.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  9. Almighty1's Avatar
    Posts : 1,039
    Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10, Linux, Android, FreeBSD Unix
       10 Jan 2016 #29

    The Powershell method won't work as you can read from post #83 and later in this thread:Store - Re-register in Windows 10 - Page 3 - Windows 10 Forums
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  10. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
       12 Jan 2016 #30

    Almighty1 said: View Post
    The Powershell method won't work as you can read from post #83 and later in this thread:Store - Re-register in Windows 10 - Page 3 - Windows 10 Forums
    In your reply to my post, you state that the PowerShell method won't work, yet, in your reply to demonguy (#27), which you posted just prior to my post, you tell him to use the link ("Store - Re-Register in Windows 10...) you include in your post, which IS a PowerShell method, albeit a PowerShell command that's entered via the command prompt. I've attempted this method, as well as every other method I have been able to come across, and nothing works...and, I do mean NOTHING. I have searched my hard drive, including within hidden folders, for the Microsoft Store (folders, as well as files), and none exists, other than the downloaded file containing the Store (which, obviously, has proven useless, considering the fact that the Store has not been returned to my computer). At this point, I feel as if I have no choice but to format the hard drive, and perform a clean install. As much as I hate doing this (for many, many reasons), at least there would be three "good points" for it being done (something others thinking about a clean install should consider):

    1) If you have a computer that was originally running something other than Windows 10, as with any previous upgrade (ie. from any older Win OS, to a newer one), when you upgraded, there were files leftover from your previous OS, not to mention a lot of garbage left in the registry. In performing a clean install, your system is just that.....clean.

    2) If your system (as is the case in almost all computers these days) came with a partitioned hard drive, which wastes storage space (especially once you've upgraded the OS, and those partitions contain data that no longer applies), performing a clean install is your chance...better yet, "opportunity" get rid of those space-wasting partitions, and utilize the entire hard drive's capacity as a single partition. The only realistic reason I can see for having a partitioned drive is if you're running a multi-boot system with more than one OS. Long gone are the days of partitioning your drive into multiple "drives", especially considering the cheap price of both traditional hard drives, as well as SSDs. Today, you can purchase a 1TB SSD for the same price you'd have paid for a traditional 60GB hard drive back in July 2000.

    3) If your computer is still utilizing a traditional hard drive, this is also your opportunity to replace it with an SSD, which will speed up your system in many ways. Just using boot-up time as an example, my Lenovo Y50-70 Touch, with a 1TB Samsung EVO 850, boots up in less than 10 seconds (slowed from 6-7 seconds due to anti-virus software). If you're complaining about the cost, suck it up, and just go buy WILL be happy you did (especially the gamers out there who can't afford a "boutique gaming laptop).

    Now, time to prep for the clean install......................
      My ComputerSystem Spec

Page 3 of 5 FirstFirst 12345 LastLast

Related Threads
Reinstall of Win10 in Installation and Upgrade
I have not seen a clear answer as to what and how do you get Win10 after your computer would crash, lets say in 2 years. How do you reinstall?
My PC email and my Xbox email are different and I don't want to make a whole new account on my PC for this to work. I'm on build 10240. Sorry if this a confusing lol. So when I go to the store on my pc and download one of the games that say Xbox...
What if - I need to reinstall?? in Installation and Upgrade
Will win 10 be with a backup? Can I order a backup reinstall disc? If I need to reinstall at a later date, is there a link?
Solved Store, Store (beta), and apps in Software and Apps
For the past few days, I've been wrestling with Store (beta) issues. It worked, it didn't work, it sort of worked..... When it worked, it offered 10 updates to apps update all did not work, so I updated them individually by hitting the down...
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:27.
Find Us