Microsoft Store Not Working? How to Fix It with a Re-Register or Re-Install


The app store is useful, but also frustratingly buggy. Many users start their PC to find that their Microsoft Store is not working or opening. For others, the Windows 10 Store is missing entirely. Often, the easiest way to fix this is the re-register the store, but if that fails, you may want to uninstall it entirely and perform a reinstall.

Though a Microsoft Store reset may seem like the most obvious solution, a re-register is often recommended first. This way, you won’t lose any of the app’s data. Meanwhile, when you uninstall the Window Store and restore it again you can resolve problems a reset doesn’t catch.

As a result, we’re going to be focusing on the less conventional re-register and uninstall methods in this tutorial, though you can always check our reset and repair guide if you’d like to go down that route.

How to Re-register the Microsoft Store When It’s Not Working

The fastest way to re-register a broken Windows 10 Store is via PowerShell.

  1. Open PowerShell

    Press “Windows + X” and then click “Windows PowerShell “.

    Windows 10 - Open PowerShell

  2. Re-Register the Microsoft Store for the current user

    In PowerShell, type the following command and press “Enter”:

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

    Windows 10 - PowerShell - Command

  3. Re-register the Microsoft Store for all users

    You can additionally re-register the Microsoft Store for all users with the following command:

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

    Windows 10 - Elevated PowerShell - Comand (2)

How to Uninstall the Microsoft Store and Restore it Again

If a re-register doesn’t work, you can uninstall the Microsoft Store entirely, either to remove it from your system or to restore it again afterward. You can do this with any app by following our tutorial.

  1. Enter the uninstall command

    In PowerShell again, enter this command:

    Get-AppxPackage *windowsstore* | Remove-AppxPackage

    Windows 10 - PowerShell - Uninstall Microsoft Store

  2. Restore the Windows Store (and other pre-installed apps)

    You can optionally get the Microsoft Store back with another command. This can also help if your Windows 10 Store is missing:

    Get-AppxPackage-AllUsers|Foreach{Add-AppxPackage-DisableDevelopmentMode-Register“$($ _. InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

    Windows 10 - PowerShell - Restore Preinstalled Apps

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Microsoft’s HoloScreens App Lets You Add Virtual Screens to Your Physical Desk


More monitors generally mean more productivity, but not everyone has the cash or deskspace to surround themselves with physical screens. Thankfully, an upcoming app for HoloLens 2 means you won’t have to.

HoloScreens, also known as Mirage, has an expensive buy-in cost (a HoloLens 2) but some useful functionality. Users are able to extend their laptop or desktop screen real estate with a few clicks. After pairing their app with a QR code, they can add monitors and reposition them to their liking. Everything gels with Windows 10, you can move your cursor and programs across displays without any issues.

Microsoft isn’t the first to come up with this concept. Indeed, it’s competitors have already had such apps out for some time. For the Oculus Rift and Vive, there’s an app called ‘Big screen’, which is also available for Windows Mixed Reality.

The difference here is Microsoft’s use of augmented reality, rather than virtual. Its approach extends what you already see, rather than replacing it entirely. In practice, this should mean a more natural experience, less fumbling for items on your desk, and less motion sickness.

Unfortunately, the version of the app floating around the internet right now isn’t the final release. It contains various placeholder material and is very experimental in nature. One settings menu even admits that it “needs some design love”.

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Windows 10 File Explorer: How to Enable the Modern, Touch-Friendly Version


Aside from some minor changes, Windows 10’s File Explorer has been the same for a long time. While other parts of the OS have seen a Fluent Design re-work, file management still looks like something out of 2010. The hinted overhaul is yet to materialize, but fortunately, there’s already a touch-friendly port of the mobile app in the OS that looks more modern.

The new Windows 10 File Explorer has a much more simple interface, with a flat UI design and UWP icons. There’s still none of the blurred glass effect seen in Fluent Design, but it’s a definite improvement.

Microsoft has hidden away the UWP version in the system apps folder, likely because it’s relatively barebone. We’re going to show you how to access this hidden touch -friendly file explorer in a few simple steps. It may not have the exact functionality of the native version, but it should at least look pretty when you’re performing basic tasks.

How to Enable the Modern Windows 10 File Explorer (Windows 10 Mobile File Explorer)

Enabling the touch-friendly Windows 10 File Explorer starts on the desktop. Right-click it, before selecting “New > Shortcut”.

Windows 10 - Desktop - Context Menu - New - Shortcut
Windows 10 – Desktop – Context Menu – New – Shortcut

Under location, paste

explorer shell:AppsFolder\c5e2524a-ea46-4f67-841f-6a9465d9d515_cw5n1h2txyewy!App

. Click “Next”.

Windows 10 - Create Shortcut - File Location
Windows 10 – Create Shortcut – File Location

Give the shortcut/app a name. We’re going to call it ‘Mini-Explorer’ for its basic, lightweight nature. Press “Finish”.

Windows 10 - Create Shortcut - Assign Name
Windows 10 – Create Shortcut – Assign Name

You can now pin the shortcut to your taskbar if you decide you want to use it regularly.

How to Use the UWP File Explorer

You can visit a location in your modern File Explorer by typing in the address bar, just as you would normally. You can also use the search icon in the bottom left to find non-specific files.

Windows 10 - UWP File Explorer - Adress Bar
Windows 10 – UWP File Explorer – Address Bar

In this case, we’re going to visit the pictures folder.  You’ll see that they’re displayed with small icons in the default list view.

Windows 10 - UWP File Explorer - List View with Image Previews
Windows 10 – UWP File Explorer – List View with Image Previews

To resolve this, press the icon with four squares in the bottom-right.

Windows 10 – UWP File Explorer – Thumbnails

Your images should now be in thumbnail view. You can change them back at any time by pressing the list icon.

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Microsoft Debuts SDKs for Surface Duo and Surface Neo


We’re now counting the time to the launch of the dual-screen Surface Duo smartphone and Surface Neo 2-in-1 in months. Both folding devices will land during holiday season 2020. Ahead of the release, Microsoft is starting to roll out developer tools for both the Duo and Neo.

Furthermore, Redmond has introduced new web standards proposals for developing both pieces of hardware. The Surface Neo Windows 10X 2-in-1, and the Surface Duo Android smartphone are moving ahead with development. We have already seen numerous Microsoft patents reflecting features for both devices.

Now, Microsoft will introduce a preview SDK for Windows 10X in the “coming weeks”. This means Insiders will be able to start working with the platform that underpins the Surface Neo.
In a blog post, Microsoft says it will bring dual-screen Hyper-V emulator support to Windows 10X on February 11. Furthermore, there will be new interfaces for dual-screen support in Windows.
Elsewhere, the SDK will also have native Windows APIs on board that will bring support for UWP and Win32 apps. You may remember Microsoft previously confirmed the Surface Neo will support existing apps.

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Microsoft Open Sources BERT for ONNX Runtime


In December, Microsoft open sourced its ONNX Runtime inference engine. Now, the company says it also open-sourced an optimized version of BERT, a natural language model from Google, for ONNX.

By using ONNX Runtime with BERT, users can lower latency for language representation on the Bing search platform. Microsoft has previously said BERT brings “the largest improvement in search experience” for Bing.

With ONNX Runtime support, developers can use BERT to scale to as low as 1.7 milliseconds latency (alongside a Nvidia V100 GPU). Microsoft told VentureBeat that this capability has previously only been available to major tech companies.
“Since the BERT model is mainly composed of stacked transformer cells, we optimize each cell by fusing key sub-graphs of multiple elementary operators into single kernels for both CPU and GPU, including Self-Attention, LayerNormalization and Gelu layers. This significantly reduces memory copy between numerous elementary computations,” Microsoft senior program manager Emma Ning said today in a blog post.
Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) creates a standard open platform for AI models that will work across frameworks.
ONNX Runtime is a high-performance inference engine for machine learning creations across Windows, Linux, and Mac. Developers can use the service to train AI models in any framework and turn these models to production in the cloud and edge.
Developed with Facebook and Amazon, the platform is growing in popularity. By its full launch in 2017 Facebook said several major tech companies have joined. Among them are AMD, ARM, IBM, Intel, Huawei, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm.

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Telnet Attacks Results in Major User Credentials Leak


Hackers have confirmed they successfully attacked Internet of Things (IoT) devices that access the Telnet port. In a confirmation, bad actors say they took passwords for smart devices, home routers, and servers from a device scanning attack.

In a published list (bot list), the credentials of 515,000 IoT devices were revealed. According to a report on ZDNet, this is the largest Telnet breach ever.

If you’re unfamiliar with Telnet, it is a remote access protocol that acts as a connected device controller. It is notorious for being pretty poor in terms of security and is notable for being open to backdoor attacks.
In the list, there are IP addresses, passwords, and usernames. The hackers achieved the attack by scanning across the entire internet to find Telnet connected devices that had their ports open. Once this found, the attacker used default passwords and usernames or tried easy to guess passwords until they had success.
While this is clearly bad news for owners of affected devices, there is a caveat. Specifically, the information hacked comes from October 2019. There will be at least a subset of users who have updated their credentials since. However, there’s no point ignoring that most probably haven’t.
Recent Wyze Breach
Earlier this month, IoT company Wyze suffered a similar leak. An Elasticsearch database owned by the company was leaking the information, which included email addresses.
The offending Elasticsearch database was exposed between December 4 and 26. Information hosted on the database included email address from millions of Wyze customers. Device information such as Wi-Fi SSIDs, camera nicknames, and general manufacturer details was also stored.

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Microsoft Launcher Preview Debuts as Testing Ground for Features


Microsoft Launcher has become one of the company’s best performing services on mobile. The Android launcher is hugely popular and has hundreds of millions of installs. Much of the success has been down to Microsoft’s consistent updates that have allowed the launcher to be feature rich. Now the company has announced its Microsoft Launcher Preview.

As the name suggests, Microsoft Launcher Preview gives users early access to features in exchange for testing them. The app will become the Alpha testing ground for Microsoft Launcher.

Microsoft has the preview differs from the full launcher app because it is built on a new codebase. Essentially, this allows features to be tested without disrupting stable builds. Because of this, the app will not function as a genuine launcher as it will be missing some core features.
Among the first features for testing are an overhaul of dark mode and a landscape mode. Here’s how Microsoft Launcher Preview is starting:
Give your phone a new look
Personalize your apps with custom icon packs, and use adaptive icons to give your phone a consistent look and feel.
Enjoy Bing daily images as your wallpaper, or use your own photos.
Dark Theme
Microsoft Launcher supports Dark theme for your viewing pleasure. Select dark theme for comfort of use at night or in low light environments. This feature is compatible with Android phone’s dark mode settings.
Landscape mode
Microsoft Launcher supports horizontal orientation to enhance your viewing preference.
It is worth noting that Microsoft Launcher already has a beta app. It is unclear if Microsoft plans to shutter that preview channel in favor if the new one. Either way, you can download Microsoft Launcher Preview from the Google Play Store.

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Microsoft’s Project Artemis Automatically Detects Child Predators


Microsoft has announced a new tool to automatically detect the grooming of children for sexual purposes. Code-named ‘Project Artemis’, the technique builds on its patented technology to look for patterns in predator’s communication and flag them for human review.

“It evaluates and ‘rates’ conversation characteristics and assigns an overall probability rating,” explained Courtney Gregoire, Chief Digital Safety Officer at Microsoft, in a blog post. “This rating can then be used as a determiner, set by individual companies implementing the technique, as to when a flagged conversation should be sent to human moderators for review. Human moderators would then be capable of identifying imminent threats for referral to law enforcement.”

The company has been working with popular children’s game Roblox, as well as Kik, The Meet Group, and Thorn to create the solution. Thorn, a child defense non-profit, will provide the tech to ‘qualified online service companies’.
Hackathon Roots
Project Artemis has its roots in Microsoft’s 2018 cross-industry hackathon. The idea of the event was to engineer solutions that work not just on a technological level, but legally and policy-wise. Further collaboration with Dr. Hany Darid, who worked with the company on PhotoDNA has furthered the project to the point it’s ready for adoption.
However, Gregorie stressed that though Project Artemis is a definite aid, it shouldn’t be seen as a catch-all solution.
“Project Artemis is a significant step forward, but it is by no means a panacea. Child sexual exploitation and abuse online and the detection of online child grooming are weighty problems,” she said. “But we are not deterred by the complexity and intricacy of such issues. On the contrary, we are making the tool available at this point in time to invite further contributions and engagement from other technology companies and organizations with the goal of continuous improvement and refinement.”

Interested parties can get in contact with Thorn for the solution. Reports of child sexual abuse material have increased 10,000% since 2004, and tools like Microsoft could become essential in fighting it.

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CES 2020: TCL Showcases a Foldable Phone That’s Almost Affordable


CES 2020 has kicked off with the usual array of TVs, but also some TV-makers that are continuing to branch out. This year, TCL let press play with another of its foldable phones, which it says will cost less than the $1500 Motorola Razr.

The vivid emerald hides a flexible 7.2-inch plastic display on the inside, much like the Galaxy Fold. Unlike Samsung’s effort, though, the TCL foldable can hold itself up at any degree of fold, opening that second screen for use as a keyboard in a laptop-like form factor.

TCL has emphasized that this is one of many prototypes it’s working on, and may not actually be what the device looks like in production. The devices shown as CES have been functional, though it forgoes a selfie camera in favor of four rear-mounted one. When folded, the screen closes completely flush, which should be good for durability.

The foldable will has telephoto, wide-angle, macro, and ultrawide lenses, but it wasn’t ready to reveal their specs quite yet. The same goes for its internals, which remain secret for now.
If rumors are to be believed, the device might ship late this year. Officially, though, TCL has been quiet, and we’re unlikely to hear more on that until at least WMC 2020. Even so, its unclear if consumers would prefer this variant of plastic-screened foldables or a dual-screen device like the Surface Duo, which is set for release around the same time.
If you’re not into folds, TCL is also planning to launch its 10-series of regular smartphones, which will be powered by the Snapdragon 765G. The TCL 10 5G, TCL 10 Pro, and TCL 10L will also start at under $500 and will be available in Q2 2020.

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CES 2020: AMD Unveils Its Ryzen 4000 Laptop CPUs to Take on Intel


AMD is finally stepping up its laptop game. During a CES 2020 keynote last night, CEO Lisa Su announced its Ryzen 4000 line, its 3rd generation chips designed to compete against Intel’s high-end.

They’ll feature a U-series for ultrathin laptops, an H series for gaming and creations, and a Pro-series for ultra-thin professionals. In that U series is the flagship Ryzen 7 4800U, a 9 core 16 thread chip with a 1.8 GHz base clock and up to 4.2 GHz boost. It also holds 8 Radeon cores, which have been upgraded for 59% more performance.

In real-world benchmarks, AMD claims this led to a 90% increase in multi-thread Cinebench R20 performance vs Intel’s i7-1065G7 and 4% in single-thread. In terms of graphics, its testing saw a 28% performance increase in 3DMark Time Spy Extreme.
Of course, these kind of benchmarks are usually the best-case scenario and can be weighted to favor Ryzen. Power draw is a little more black and white, though, and AMD is promising that its 3rd Gen mobile processors have double the performance per watt in Cinebench.
The 45W H-Series
The 4800U is available announced for Lenovo’s Yoga Slim 7, and AMD is promising dozens of OEM laptops with it in Q1. On the H-series side, AMD announced the flagship Ryzen 7 4800H, with 8C/12T at a base of 2.9 GHz and a boost of up to 4.2. This and the others in the H lineup will be 45W chips, rather than the 15W of the U-series. It’ll also be offering slower variants of both lines:


Model Cores/ Threads Watts Boost / Base Frequency (GHz) GPU Cores L2 / L3 Cache (MB)
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H 8C/16T 45W Up to 4.2 / 2.9 GHz 7 12
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H 6C/12T 45W Up to 4.0 / 3.0 GHz 6 11
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 8C/8T 15W Up to 4.2 / 1.8 GHz 8 12
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 8C/8T 15W Up to 4.1 / 2.0 GHz 7 12
AMD Ryzen 5 4600U 6C/12T 15W Up to 4.0 / 2.1 GHz 6 11
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U 6C/6T 15W Up to 4.0 / 2.3 GHz 6 11
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U 4C/4T 15W Up to 3.7 / 2.7 GHz 5 6
AMD Athlon Gold 3150U 2C/4T 15W Up to 3.3 / 2.4 GHz 3 5
AMD Athlon Silver 3050U 2C/2T 15W Up to 3.2 / 2.3 GHz 2 5

Meanwhile, the company appears to be making progress on its integrated graphics offerings vs Intel. Though its U line has fewer compute cores than last-gen, it claims the 4800U will still beat Intel in many games. Rocket League it says runs at 110fps at low settings vs Intel’s 80, while GTA V jumps from a barely playable 29 to a solid 53.

If AMD’s marketing is to be believed, things are looking very positive for the company. It’s gone from being trounced by Intel processors 5 years ago to having a highly competitive product stack across desktop, laptop, and consoles. Let’s just hope that battery life holds up on the go.

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