Microsoft Store Not Working? Fix It with a Re-Register or Uninstall It

The app store is useful, but also frustratingly buggy. Many users start their PC to find that their Microsoft Store is not working or opening. For others, the Windows 10 Store is missing entirely. Often, the easiest way to fix this is the re-register the store, but if that fails, you may want to uninstall it entirely and perform a reinstall.

Though a Microsoft Store reset may seem like the most obvious solution, a re-register is often recommended first. This way, you won’t lose any of the app’s data. Meanwhile, when you uninstall the Window Store and restore it again you can resolve problems a reset doesn’t catch.

As a result, we’re going to be focusing on the less conventional re-register and uninstall methods in this tutorial, though you can always check our reset and repair guide if you’d like to go down that route.

How to Re-register the Microsoft Store When It’s Not Working

The fastest way to re-register a broken Windows 10 Store is via PowerShell.

  1. Open PowerShell

    Press “Windows + X” and then click “Windows PowerShell “.

    Windows 10 - Open PowerShell

  2. Re-Register the Microsoft Store for the current user

    In PowerShell, type the following command and press “Enter”:

    Get-AppXPackage *Microsoft.WindowsStore* | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

    Windows 10 - PowerShell - Command

  3. Re-register the Microsoft Store for all users

    You can additionally re-register the Microsoft Store for all users with the following command:

    Get-AppXPackage WindowsStore -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

    Windows 10 - Elevated PowerShell - Comand (2)

How to Uninstall the Microsoft Store and Restore it Again

If a re-register doesn’t work, you can uninstall the Microsoft Store entirely, either to remove it from your system or to restore it again afterward. You can do this with any app by following our tutorial.

  1. Enter the uninstall command

    In PowerShell again, enter this command:
    Get-AppxPackage *windowsstore* | Remove-AppxPackage

    Windows 10 - PowerShell - Uninstall Microsoft Store

  2. Restore the Windows Store (and other pre-installed apps)

    You can optionally get the Microsoft Store back with another command. This can also help if your Windows 10 Store is missing:

    Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers|Foreach{Add-AppxPackage-DisableDevelopmentMode-Register"$($ _. InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

    Windows 10 - PowerShell - Restore Preinstalled Apps