This post shows students and new users the steps to reset or repair the Microsoft Store app when using Windows 11 to resolve issues where the app cannot be opened, stops working, or hangs. Windows 11 comes with a built-in Microsoft Store application that allows users to install and manage applications from the store.

The Microsoft Store has many apps that can be installed, including Android apps if you have the Amazon Appstore installed. In some cases, the Store app may not open or stop working, and troubleshooting is fairly easy and straightforward.

The Microsoft Store app is actually a modern or Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app. UWP apps can be used on all Microsoft Windows compatible devices, including PCs, tablets, Xbox One, Microsoft HoloLens, and more.

UWP apps also have their own configuration windows that can be used to reset or repair individual apps. When you reset an app for UWP, it resets to default settings similar to when you first installed Windows. This can help solve common problems.

Windows 11 has a lot of new features and a sleek design, but UWP apps aren’t new. They were first introduced with Windows 8.

To start resetting the Windows Settings app, follow the steps below:

How to reset or repair Windows 11 Settings app

Again, one can reset or repair individual UWP apps in Windows. If the Microsoft Store app doesn’t work or doesn’t open properly, you can reset it to its factory default settings.

The Store app can be found on the taskbar, the Start menu, or the app list. You can start the Settings application by pressing Windows key + I keys, or using Start Menu, or using Windows key + X Context menu.

Whichever way works for you, keep using it.

From the Start menu, just right-click on Microsoft Store apps and select Application Settings.

microsoft store apps reset windows 11

In the application settings window, scroll down and click the Restart button as highlighted in the image below.

You may want to try repairing the Store app first, but resetting it can solve a lot more problems than repair.

microsoft store app reset button

When prompted with a message that «This will permanently delete the app data on this device, including your preferences and login details.“, click on the Restart to reset it.

reset microsoft store app on windows 11

How to re-register the Microsoft Store app in Windows 11

If you can also use the commands below to re-register the Store apps if the above option did not solve your problems.

Open Windows PowerShell as administrator. You can do this by clicking the Start button and searching for PowerShell. Below Best match, select to open PowerShell application.

Windows 11 powershell runs as administrator

When the PowerShell terminal screen opens, run the following commands to reset the Store app for your online profile.

Get-AppXPackage *Microsoft.WindowsStore* | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml”}

Or run the following commands to reset the Microsoft Store app for all PC users.

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers *WindowsStore* | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml"}
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In this tutorial we have seen how to reset the Microsoft Store application in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comment form below to report.

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