How to install the new Microsoft Store on Windows 11

Loredana Harsana
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  • Users have been searching for a way to get the new Microsoft Store on Windows 11.
  • The new OS's preview builds do not come with the app Store pre-installed.
  • Fortunately, you can easily correct this issue by manually updating the app.
How to get the new Microsoft Store on Windows 11
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It seems like everyone has taken an interest in Microsoft’s new OS, Windows 11, and the new Microsoft Store.

And if you’re as excited as everyone about this news, you’ve already installed and tested the latest preview build to see for yourself what all the fuss is about.

Unfortunately, what users noticed after installing the preview build of the new OS is that the new Microsoft Store was nowhere to be found.

Is the new Microsoft Store available?

Yes, but only a preview of it. According to Microsoft, the preview builds will have some missing features and will be a little different than the final version of the new OS:

You will get to try many, but not all, of the new features we showed last week in this early preview. We will bring more features such as Chat with Microsoft Teams and Android apps in the Microsoft Store over the coming months as they are ready for you – we are just getting started on this journey together!

Microsoft is not limiting the preview of the Microsoft Store app, but with the store itself simply as a preview, the Windows 11 build does not come with the pre-installed app.

The final version of the new app Store will be available to customers with the upgrade to Windows 11 starting from this year’s fall.

Until then, take a closer look at what the new Microsoft Store will bring users once the final version of Windows 11 will be out.

What is the preview of Microsoft Store?

The new app Store is still a work in progress the same as the new OS, so it’s only natural that Microsoft only launched an early preview of the new app Store for users to try it out.

In a blog post, the Redmond tech company wrote:

We are launching an early preview of the new Microsoft Store for you to try in the upcoming Windows Insider build. We’ll continue to build and refine it in the open, and we’d love for you to participate or – for developers – to bring your existing or new apps. See you there!

You might’ve already seen that Zoom, Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe’s popular PDF reader, and other well-known apps already showed up in Microsoft Store with many more to come over the next months.

Even if this is not the final version, Microsoft did leave its gates open for developers and users to test out the new Store and all its existing perks.

This is probably one of the reasons you want to install the new app Store so let’s get to it. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to bookmark this page for any future Insider builds of the new OS.

How do I install the first preview of the Microsoft Store?

1. Update the app Store automatically or manually

Enable automatic store updates

  1. Open Microsoft Store by clicking the icon from the taskbar.Open Microsoft Store
  2. Click on the three dots in the corner of the screen and select the Settings option.Microsoft-Store-settings
  3. Click on the toggle to enable the App updates.Microsoft-Store-Enable
  4. Microsoft Store will restart once it finds an update for itself.
  5. After restart, you should get the new Microsoft Store.

By following these steps you’ll enable automatic store updates so any future updates will download automatically as soon as they are ready, leaving you free of having to deal with them manually.

If enabling the automatic app updates didn’t do the trick and you still didn’t get the new preview store, you need to update Microsoft Store manually.

Update Microsoft Store manually

  1. Once again, open Microsoft Store by clicking the icon from the taskbar.Open Microsoft Store
  2. Click on the three dots in the corner of the screen.Microsoft-Store
  3. Choose Downloads and updates.Microsoft-Store-downloads-and-updates
  4. Click the Get updates button.Microsoft-Store-Get-updates
  5. The system will now check all apps for updates, including the Microsoft Store. Note that after the updating process is complete, the app store will close automatically.

2. Run the executable file WSReset

  1. Go to Search, type wsreset and click on Open to run the command.ws reset
  2.  A command-line window will open and run the executable file WSReset.exe. Wait for a few seconds and the command-line windows will close automatically. ws reset command
  3. The Microsoft Store app will now open up. microsoft store updated

By running this command, Microsoft Store will reset and clear the cache without altering the account settings and disabling the installed applications.

Run this command and try the previous solution again, to successfully install the new Microsoft Store on your Windows 11 PC.

The best is yet to come in the new Microsoft Store

So far, we’ve seen popular developers uploading their apps to the Microsoft Store in Windows 11 such as OBS Studio, Canva, WinZip, and Acrobat DC.

And while this is a great step in the right direction, the biggest news came with Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Edge browser - Microsoft Store

We know, the browser is pre-installed in the new OS, but the fact that Microsoft is now listing its own apps in the new store is an important milestone worth mentioning.

Even though there’s still a long way until Microsoft Store will run Android apps on Windows 11, we can only be excited for the future and say that the best is yet to come for us Windows enthusiasts.

Keep yourself informed and find out more about the official release date for Windows 11 from our article.

What do you think about the new Microsoft Store? Feel free to use the comments section below and tell us your opinion.

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