How to Activate and Display All Windows Store Apps

By: Radu Tyrsina
3 minute read

My biggest surprise with the Windows Store once I started using it was that it felt so darn empty. My first question was – are there really only a few apps in the Windows Store? The lates stats indicate that there should be about 13000 applications or so, both for Windows 8 and Windows RT, so where the heck have they all gone? Why I’m seeing only a few applications there? The solution to that is very simple, as simple as it was for me to solve my freezing issue with Windows 8.

Read AlsoFix: ‘Your Browser has Been Locked’ in Windows 8, 8.1

But it might not work out for you, so there are a few more things that you’ll need to do, but nothing too hard that will step you from enjoying your Windows 8 experience. What you’ll need to do is to play around with some settings that most likely, came as default on your system. When you installed Windows 8 (hopefully without having to think the install was stuck), you chose a language and a country. Windows Store inherited that and that’s why it “served” so little apps. But we’re going to change that.

How to make all Windows Store apps appear

Step #1

The first step you need to do is to go on the Windows Store by pressing the Windows logo and choosing Windows Store, open the Charms bar – by going to the upper right corner or by pressing Windows logo + W, then open up Settings. There, you’ll find Preferences. Go there and select No to both sentences. This should increase the size of your Windows Store. And here are some screenshots to help you do that. Check the number of apps before doing this and then after.

Windows Store -> Charms bar -> Settings -> Preferences -> No to both sentences.

how to enable all windows store apps

how to display all windows store apps

how to activate  windows store apps

Step #2

I tried the first solution, but when searching for the Netflix app, for example, I just couldn’t find it. And after searching for a while just why that was happening, I realized that it has to do with localization, once more. So, what I did was to search for any files or settings related to “location” and I pretty much managed to solve the issue and now all the Windows Store apps are displayed and activated. Here’s what you have to do.

Open the Charms bar while you are on the desktop, so that you will be searching in the entire system. Type in “change location settings“. This is the easiest way to get there, so that’s why I’m providing you with this. You’ll find it under the Settings tab, obviously. Uncheck those two items that you find – “Turn on the Windows location platform” and “Help improve Microsoft location services”.

Charms bar -> “change location settings” -> uncheck both items

Step #3

We’re going to have a little more fun with this location thing. Go to search again, from the deskop and type just “Change location”. Go to Location and choose Region there. To be sure you get as many apps as possible, pick United States, of course. This should do it, folks. Now, you should see even more apps in your Windows Store.

Charms bar -> “change location” -> choose region -> pick United States

Hopefully, after using this very basic tricks, you’ll be able to enjoy more awesome applications inside your Windows Store, because, after all, that’s the beauty that comes with Windows 8.

Read AlsoFix: Skype Camera is Upside Down in Windows 8, 8.1

For various PC problems, we recommend to use this tool.

This tool will repair common computer errors, protect you from file loss, malware, hardware failure and optimize your PC for maximum performance. Quickly fix PC issues and prevent others from happening with this software:

  1. Download this PC Repair Tool with Microsoft Technologies
  2. Click “Start Scan” to find Windows issues that could be causing PC problems.
  3. Click “Repair All” to fix all issues (requires upgrade).