Fix: Windows 10 Store won’t update

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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Users report new problems in Windows 10 Technical Preview every day, and a lot of appeals about updating apps or the system itself are reported to Microsoft. This time we have an issue with Windows 10 Store update, but there are a couple of solutions that could solve the problem.

Windows 10 Technical Preview features two Windows App Stores, an older one (Windows 8.1 App Store), and the new, Windows App Store (Beta) for Windows 10. Since they’re two different apps, sometimes solutions that work for one doesn’t work for another. So, here are the solutions for Windows 10 App Store updating problems, but we can’t guarantee that they will work for both apps.

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Table of contents:

  1. Change The Region Settings
  2. Repair Windows 10 Store
  3. Use the Store Troubleshooter
  4. Reset Windows Store
  5. Check date and time
  6. Reinstall a problematic app
  7. Perform the SFC scan
  8. Update Windows/Delete updates

Solution 1 – Change The Region Settings

Maybe the problem occurs if you’re in the unsupported region or your region somehow changed from your actual one. To solve the problem all you need to do is to change your Region Format in the Control Panel and your Windows 10 Store app should be able to update again. Here’s how to change your Region in Control Panel:

  1. Go to Start Menu and click on Control Panel
  2. In Control Panel, go to Region, and change your region under Formats drop-down menu
  3. Reboot your Windows 10 Store and try to update it again

If changing the region didn’t help, you can try with repairing your Windows 10 Store app in the Command Prompt.

Solution 2 – Repair Windows 10 Store

To repair your Windows 10 Store app in the Command Prompt, follow these steps:

  1. In the Search box, type cmd
  2. Right click on Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator
  3. In the command prompt, enter the following command: PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted –Command “& {$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore).InstallLocation + ‘\AppxManifest.xml’ ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest}”

Solution 3 – Use the Store Troubleshooter

The next thing we’re going to try is running the built-in Store troubleshooter. Here’s how to run it:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Navigate to Updates & Security > Troubleshoot.
  3. Click Windows Store Apps and choose Run the troubleshooter.Windows 10 Store update not working
  4. Wait for the troubleshooter to finish the process.
  5. Restart your PC.

Solution 4 – Reset Windows Store

Another widely used troubleshooting tool that’s tightly connected to the Windows Store is the WSReset command. You can use this command to reset the Windows Store, and bring to its previous state.

Here’s how to run it:

  1. Go to Search and type wsreset.
  2. Click WSReset.exe
  3. Wait for the process to finish and restart your computer.

Solution 5 – Check date and time

Some users reported that you can’t install Windows Store upadtes or any other updates if your date and time are wrong. So, make sure to get your time and date settings right before trying to update the Windows Store.

Solution 6 – Reinstall a problematic app

If you have a problem with a certain app, it may block the entire Store. So, go through all the apps installed on your computer, find and uninstall the troublesome one.

You can find the list of all the installed apps in Settings > Apps > Apps & features.

Solution 7 – Perform the SFC scan

Another troubleshooting tool designed for dealing with various system errros within Windows, including the Windows Store, is the SFC scan. So, you can try and run this feature to resolve the problem with updating the Windows Store.

Here’s how to do that:

  1. Go to Search, type cmd, right-click Command Prompt, and go to Run as Administrator.
  2. Enter the following command, and press Enter on your keyboard: sfc/scannowWe can't seem to start the store update right now
  3. Wait for the process to finish.
  4. Restart your computer.

Solution 8 – Update Windows/Delete updates

Windows updates are crucial for the system’s functioning. So crucial that some updates even determin whether your system will work better, or become broken. Because of that, it takes installing just one Windows update to solve your problem. And that’s what we’re going to do now.

To check for new updates, simply go to Settings > Updates & Security, and check for updates. If a new update is available, the app will install it automatically.

But as I said, a broken update can also cause a handful of issues. So, if installing a new update didn’t sovle the problem, try with uninstalling the most recent update. Maybe you’ll get more lucky.

Here’s how to do that:

  1. Press Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Select Update & security.
  3. Click on View installed update history.Windows Store pardon the interruption
  4. Choose to Uninstall updates.
  5. Uninstall all recent updates and restart your PC.

That would be all, after performing these solutions your Windows 10 Store should be able to receive new updates on the regular basis. If you have any other questions, suggestions, or these workarounds somehow didn’t work for you, please tell us in the comments section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.