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Microsoft Store Not Working on Windows 11: 8 Fixes

The Microsoft Store is where to get apps and more, but it might not work. Here are 8 ways to fix Microsoft Store not working on Windows 11.

The Microsoft Store on Windows 10 and 11 is the place to install new Windows and Android apps that are verified by Microsoft. It’s also a central location for picking up new games, movies, and TV shows.

There is a Microsoft Store icon on the taskbar by default—just a click opens it up. However, if the Microsoft Store isn’t working on Windows 11 when you click it, or if it crashes or doesn’t open, you’ll need to investigate further.

If you’re having a problem with the Microsoft Store, you can fix it by trying one of the troubleshooting steps below.

Restart Your PC

There are several reasons why the Microsoft Store might stop working on your Windows 11 PC. It could be an issue with the app itself, or it could be a problem with your system or network settings.  If the Microsoft Store stops working for you, one of the quickest options to resolve it is to restart Windows 11.

Restarting your system clears out app data that’s potentially conflicting and provides a fresh start. To restart your PC, right-click the Start button, select Shut down or sign out and then Restart.

Shut Down Windows 11 Start Button

Update Windows 11

There could be a pending update from Microsoft that’s causing the Store to not work. It’s important to keep your version of Windows up-to-date, and an easy way to do that is by manually checking for updates.

To check for updates, use the following steps:

  1. Click the Start button and open Settings.
  2. In the Settings menu, press Windows Update from the bottom of the list on the left.Settings-Windows-Update
  3. Now click the Check for updates button and install any available update. Note that a restart of Windows 11 may be required.

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Disable User Account Control (UAC)

User Account Control or (UAC) can interfere with Windows Store working correctly, so you’ll want to disable it.

To disable UAC on Windows 11, use the following steps:

  1. Open the Start menu using the Start button or Windows key.
  2. Type uac and click the top result.
  3. The UAC screen will launch—move the slider all the way down to Never notify and click OK.

never notify UAC

Once you click OK, you shouldn’t be blocked from opening the Microsoft Store and making purchases.

Clear Microsoft Store Cache

Another straightforward fix is to reset the Microsoft Store cache files, which saves the inconvenience of restarting your PC.

You can reset the Store cache manually by using the following steps:

  1. Press Windows key + R to launch the Run dialog box.
  2. In Run, type wsreset and click OK.wsreset-run
  3. A blank command prompt screen will appear while the Store cache is resetting.wsreset-Blank Command prompt

After a few moments, the command prompt screen will disappear, and the Store should open automatically so you can use it.

Change DNS to Fix “0x80131500” Error

A common error that appears when Windows Store isn’t working is 0x80131500. There are a few different ways to fix the error, including changing your DNS.

To change your DNS settings on Windows 11, use the following steps:

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows key + R to launch the Run dialog.
  2. Type ncpa.cpl and click OK.Run Microsoft store not working on windows 11
  3. When the Network Connections window appears, right-click your network adapter and select Properties.wi-fi properties windows 11
  4. Next, highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click the Properties button.network TCP IP Properties
  5. Now, select the Use the following DNS server addresses option and type in an alternate.
  6. After entering your alternate DNS settings, click OK to apply the changes.
  7. Click OK again to exit the Wi-Fi properties menu.

Check Your PC Time, Date, and Region

When the Microsoft Store launches, it tries to sync its time zone with your own. If the time and date settings on your PC are incorrect, it could be causing an error with Microsoft Store.

To check the time, date, and region settings are correct on your PC:

  1. Right-click the clock at the lower-right corner of the screen and select Adjust date and time.

time microsoft store not working in Windows 11

  1. When the Date & time section of Settings opens, verify the current time and date are correct and verify your time zone.

set time automatically

  1. Scroll down to the Additional settings section and click the Sync now button.

Sync time ad date settings

Reset or Repair the Microsoft Store App

Another thing you can do is reset the Microsoft Store app, which will clear its cache and other app data. You can also try to make Windows repair the app without losing app data.

To repair or reset the Microsoft Store app, use the following steps:

  1. Click the Start button and open Settings.Start Settings Windows 11
  2. When Settings opens, click Apps from the list on the left and Apps & features on the right.microsoft store not working on windows 11
  3. Type Microsoft store in the App list field.
  4. Click the three-dot menu next to it and select Advanced options.search apps and features windows 11
  5. Scroll down the right side, and under the Reset section, click the Repair or Reset.
  6. A reset will delete the app’s data, while a repair will trigger a repair attempt without losing data.reset or repair app microsoft store not working on windows 11
  7. Note that if you initiate a reset, a message will appear so you can verify you want to delete the app’s preferences and other datareset microsoft store not working on windows 11

Run the Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter

If the Microsoft Store app isn’t working, you can run the troubleshooter to detect and fix issues.

To run the Windows Store apps troubleshooter, use the following steps:

  1. Open Settings and click on System > Troubleshoot.

system troubleshoot Microsoft store not working on Windows 11

  1. From the Troubleshoot screen, scroll down and click Other troubleshooters under the Options section.

Other Troubleshooters

  1. Now, scroll down to the Windows Store Apps option and click the Run button.

Windows store apps troubleshooter

  1. Wait while the troubleshooter runs a diagnostic to scan to detect issues, and follow the on-screen wizard if something is identified.

Windows Store Apps diagnostic

Using the Microsoft Store on Windows 11

The Microsoft Store might not be the most popular way to get apps on Windows. However, if the Microsoft Store isn’t working on Windows 11, one of the steps above should get it going again. Whether you need the latest game, app, or movie, you’ll want to fix it before you can proceed.

If you’re a fan, you may want to consider forcing Windows 11 to only install apps from the Store, which can help prevent malware. It’s not just for Windows apps either—you can also run Android apps on Windows 11.

If you’re new to Windows or you’re not running Windows 11 yet, learn about the Microsoft Store on Windows 10 and how it works.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Rossella

    You’ve saved me! Just turned off the WiFi and reconnect it and boom! Back to work again. Thanks

  2. Louis A Murphy

    There is a fix that I implemented that worked for me that is making sure that this service is running: Microsoft Account Sign-in Assistant. I went to Services and enabled this service then started it. I have had no errors with Microsoft store since.

    • Steve Krause

      Great tip Louis. We will look into that and update the article. Thanks!

      Steve

    • Clark Kent

      None of the steps above worked, incl. ensuring, “Microsoft Account Sign-in Assistant” service is running.

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