The new Microsoft Store is one of the biggest talking points of Windows 11. The sleek new style, rounded edges, and feature overhaul have transformed the store, turning it from a relatively unloved app store into well worth checking out.
But it’s only for Windows 11 users.
At least it is was for Windows 11 users only. Now you can also install the new Microsoft Store in Windows 10. This is how you do it.
How to install the new Microsoft Store on Windows 10
If you’re already running a Windows 10 Insider Preview build to version 21H2, you should be able to go straight to Windows Update to download and install the new Microsoft Store. It has been available to Windows 10 Insider Preview users for several months at this point.
However, everyone else will have to install the Microsoft Store manually, at least for now.
First, download the updated one Microsoft Store files. Save them in a memorable place.
Go to your downloaded Microsoft Store file, then Ctrl + Shift + right click select and at the same time Open PowerShell window here.
Finally, install the package with the following command: Add-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore_22110.1401.10.0_neutral ___ 8wekyb3d8bbwe.Msixbundle
Please note that if you have a different version of the Microsoft Store update, you will need to adjust your package name accordingly. The command format remains the same, however, with Add-AppxPackage [package name here].
And voila: The new Microsoft Store runs on Windows 10.
There have been some reports of users encountering the Microsoft.UI.Xaml error during installation. If this happens to you, go to the officer Microsoft user interface Xaml GitHub, then download and install the version of your error code. For example, if you get Xaml v.2.7.1 error, download and install Microsoft.UI.Xaml v2.7.1, etc.
Is the new Microsoft Store worth it?
If you haven’t tried the new Microsoft Store on Windows 11 and are still waiting for your Windows 11 upgrade, the option to install Windows 10 is a great opportunity to switch from the old store.
But the question is, should you bother installing the new Microsoft Store?
If you can’t upgrade to Windows 11 at all, it’s definitely worth installing. The new Microsoft Store is much faster than before, with Microsoft claiming to be a whopping 35% faster than the existing Windows 10 Microsoft Store.
Second, it’s so much easier to use. Microsoft has re-categorized apps, optimized the search experience and made the new Microsoft Store generally user-friendly. There are also some nice new animations, while app product pages provide more information that you actually need and want. When it launched, the Microsoft Store was missing some of the apps you would expect, but those loopholes have already been closed and you can find everything from Netflix to Hulu, Discord to Twitter and more.
If you’re a gamer, the updated store has shifted its focus to games, moving titles you want to see to the top of the queue, and integrating more closely with Windows for a better overall experience.
Should you upgrade to Windows 11?
Of course, if you’re using hardware eligible for a free Windows 11 upgrade, you don’t have to worry about installing the new Microsoft Store on your system. You will soon be using it in the new operating system.
That doesn’t mean you can’t install it anyway. On the contrary, it only takes a moment and it will improve your Windows 10 Microsoft Store experience. So why not give it a try before moving to Windows 11?
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