How to Reset Microsoft Store App in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to reset or repair the Microsoft Store app when using Windows 11 to resolve issues where the app can’t open, stops working or hangs. Windows 11 comes with a built-in Microsoft Store app that allows users to install and manage apps from the store.

The Microsoft Store app is actually a modern or Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app. UWP apps can be used across all compatible Microsoft Windows devices, including PCs, tablets, Xbox One, Microsoft HoloLens, and more.

There are has lots of apps that one can installed, including Android apps if you have Amazon Appstore configured. In some cases, the Store app may not open or stop working, and to resolve the issues is pretty easy and straightforward.

UWP apps also have their own settings windows that can be used to reset or repair individual app. When you reset a UWP app, it is reset to the default settings similar to when you installed Windows for the first time. This can help resolve common issues.

Windows 11 has many new features and sleek design, but UWP apps are not new. They were first introduced with Windows 8.

To get started with resetting Windows Settings app, follow the steps below:

How to reset or repair Windows 11 settings app

Again, one can reset or repair individual UWP apps in Windows. If the Microsoft Store app isn’t working or opening correctly, you can reset it to its factory default settings.

The Store app can be found on the Taskbar, the Start menu or apps list. You can launch Settings app by pressing Windows key + I keys, or using Start Menu, or using Windows key + X context menu.

Whichever way works for you, continue to use it.

On the Start menu, simply right-click the Microsoft Store apps and select App settings.

On the App settings window, scroll down and click the Reset button as highlighted in the image below.

You may first want to try to repair the Store app, but Resetting it may resolve many more issues than repairing.

When prompted with a message that “This will permanently delete the app’s data on this device, including your preferences and sign-in details“, click the Reset button to reset it.

How to re-register the Microsoft Store app in Windows 11

If you can also use the commands below to re-register the Store apps if the option above didn’t resolve your isssues.

Open Windows PowerShell as administrator. You can do that by clicking the Start button and searching for PowerShell. Under Best match, select to open PowerShell app.

When the PowerShell terminal screen opens, run the commands below to reset the Store app for your profile only.

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

Or run the commands below to reset the Microsoft store app for all users on the PC.

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

That should do it!


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