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Enabling Windows Store in Windows 8

By Ibrahim Ersoy on Oct 29, 2012
Some Windows 8 Distributions disables Windows Store by default,so this article covers what needs to be done to enable it.

If you're using Windows 8 Pro just like me, the Windows Store is disabled by default.


An Update

If you installed Windows 8 normally through a disc,or installed over internet or bought a new machine installed on it,Windows Store comes active by default.

If you installed it to a USB disk,then it installs it as a Windows To Go workspace which proves deactivation of Windows Store that comes by default.

See here for more information:


Whenever you run a Store Application from a newly-named Modern (Metro) UI, it says:


Here is the solution:

1. Run gpedit.msc

To run it, use the key combination Windows + R

2. Get to Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->Windows Components->Store

3. Edit "Allow Store to install apps on Windows To Go workspaces" and set its value to "Enabled" and then click Apply

That's enough for running Windows Store and installing apps but if you need further editing you can also:

4. Edit "Turn off Automatic Download of Updates" and set its value to "Not Configured" or "Disabled"

This will install any update from the Windows Store.

So generally,when you run a Store application, you'll now see it fully activated!

Now you can use it gladly :) 


Ibrahim Ersoy
Ibrahim Ersoy

Ibrahim Ersoy helps running and managing C# Corner. He is a Software Consultant in Sharepoint field. He is also interested in Universal Apps, Nodejs, Javascript and mobility. He is also a 2 times C# Corner MVP.