Users can’t review Microsoft Store apps installed on their PCs

Madalina Dinita
by Madalina Dinita
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Microsoft Store is home to thousands of apps and games. Many of them have actually been developed by Microsoft itself.

There are tens of apps that serve the same purpose. User reviews play an important role when deciding which app to download for a specific purpose.

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I personally browse user reviews before downloading any apps, software solutions or purchasing a new laptop or other devices. And I’m sure many of you do the same.

However, many Windows 10 users recently reported that they’re unable to review the Weather app although they installed the app on their computers.

It seems that this limitation affects other apps as well, including pre-installed apps. Interestingly enough, users noticed that the problem seems to affect only the apps developed by Microsoft.

Oh yes, same for me for other preinstalled apps. They are just afraid of my reviews!

It’s still unclear if reviews are unavailable for all the Microsoft apps or only for a few of them.

Users suggest Microsoft wants to limit negative reviews

Some users even said that Microsoft is doing this on purpose so as to limit the number of negative reviews.

Maybe this is their way of combating those one star reviews that are all like “I did not install this, get this preinstalled crap off of my computer!”

However, Microsoft has no way of knowing whether you’re planning to leave a negative or positive review.

Most likely, this is only a temporary bug

First of all, make sure you’re logged in to the Microsoft Store. If you don’t have a Microsoft account, you won’t be able to download any apps from the Store nor leave any reviews.

Most likely, this issue is only a minor temporary bug, as this user suggests:

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It has nothing to do with user interface but with user experience. Additionally it’s wrong. Store allows you to rate pre-installed apps and you don’t need to “get” them first. What OP sees is a bug – whether popular or niche one, I don’t know.

Have you experienced similar issues? What are the affected apps? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Skype. MS store says that I can’t review as I do not own it. But d and would like to say how well it works.

    Thanks for posting Madeleine. Very well written, concise and researched.

    Edit;

    Could this be 1903 update related? It also turned off restore point. Easy fix but scared me, LoL
    (I like to play under the hood and it’ll get you out of trouble as fast as ya get your self into it)