Windows 8.1 Update issues with Windows Store


In updating Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, I was confronted with an error that Windows could not access the app and to “refresh” Windows.  I’m not exactly sure what it meant by refresh, but I ran several updates I needed and restarted the machine. This DID NOT FIX THE ISSUE, SO DON’T BOTHER TRYING IT.

The Fix:

Open Command Prompt (As Administrator) and copy paste the following into the black window:

powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $Env:SystemRoot\WinStore\AppxManifest.xml

After this has completed, you must copy and paste the following:

start “” “ms-windows-store:”

After doing this, the Windows store should come up and you are all ready to go.

Special thanks to David William Dixon for a  great answer on this article:

Happy Coding… Or App browsing 🙂


About Gregg Coleman

I am Senior-level Software Engineer working primarily these days with .NET. I have a good working knowledge of ASP.NET MVC, Web Forms, WCF web services and Windows Services. I spend much of my time in the Web Services (SOAP and REST) world in my current job designing and implementing various SOA architectures. I have been in the software engineering industry for about 6 years now and will not now nor ever consider myself an "expert" in programming because there is always so much to learn. My favorite thing about designing software is there are always new emerging technologies and something to learn every day! My current job has me spending much of my job on the bleeding edge of technologies and changing gears all the time, so I'm never bored and always challenged. On my spare time I enjoy weight training, reading and venturing to new places near by. Of course programing and learning new technologies are another hobby of mine.
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