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Windows Store App Won’t Open in Windows 8.1

imageRecently I installed some new Windows 8.1 computers, and joined them to the local domain. One of the users informed me that the Windows Store app wouldn’t work. It would just flash for a moment, sitting on the Windows Store “green screen”.

There are a ton of posts from people with this problem, and just as many “solutions”.

Most of the solutions involved making sure that the “ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES” group name had read access permission to some or all of the Windows Registry hives (example), and/or read access permission to the Users, Windows, and Program Files folders (example).

I wasn’t ready to make those types of changes.

After more research, I found several suggestions that utilized a single Powershell command to fix the issue. Now, that’s a solution I like!

David Dixon’s blog post on the solution was the first of these that I found, and also the clearest in explanation.

Here are the steps:

  • Open an elevated command prompt
  • Type or paste:
    powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $Env:SystemRoot\WinStore\AppxManifest.xml and press <Enter>.
  • Type or paste:
    start “” “ms-windows-store:” and press <Enter>. Be sure to include the quotes!


In the feedback section of David’s blog page, there are several comments that offers a similar version of these steps for the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Once Windows 10 is released to the public, I will post those steps, if applciable.