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Store:Microsoft Store

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Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store cover
Release dates
Windows October 26, 2012
Microsoft Store at Wikipedia
Epic Games Store
FireFlower Games
Games for Windows - LIVE
Green Man Gaming
Humble Store
Mac App Store
Microsoft Store
Oculus Store
Rockstar Games Launcher
Ubisoft Connect
ZOOM Platform

Key points

Easy installation/upgrades/uninstallation and purchasing; available everywhere Windows is officially sold.
Apps & games can only be accessed offline after enabling offline permissions, only one device can be enabled, and the change of this device can only be performed twice in a years time.
AppX/UWP packages are very restricted, with the consequence that many forms of unauthorized[1] modding cannot be performed, such as binary editing files or forcing graphical overrides using incompatible third-party tools...
Delisted games may not necessarily be re-downloadable by those who had previously purchased them[2] or may require reverting to Windows 8/previous Windows 10 versions.[3]
... injector-based modding, however, is still possible although might require new approaches by modders.[4]
Only XInput controllers are supported with controller-supported titles.[5]
Architectures: Supports 32-bit, 64-bit, ARM and ARM64 game builds, with the Store itself also being available in all those architectures.
Very poor quality control, especially in the "New and Coming" and "Top Free" store sections, leading to games with stolen trademarks, stolen names, stolen assets, stolen games, and Elsagate games.

General information

List of games available on Microsoft Store
List of games delisted from or upcoming on Microsoft Store
Official store
Official support

Microsoft Store (formerly Windows Store) is an app store introduced with Windows 8 and Windows RT. Purchased apps can be used on up to 81 devices for Windows 8 and 8.1[6] or 10 devices for Windows 10;[7] systems can be remotely removed from this total if they are dead, stolen, or otherwise inaccessible.

Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps and games require Windows 10 to run, and will not function on another version of the operating system. The similar, but distinctly different, type of apps for Windows 8.x is called Modern UI ("Metro") apps.

Windows 8.x and Windows RT: Modern UI/Metro apps always run at the desktop resolution and scale correctly to all resolutions and aspect ratios but do not spread across multi-monitor setups. Windows apps require a minimum resolution of 1024x768 (desktop applications can be used at lower resolutions as usual but Windows apps will refuse to launch).[8]

Issues fixed

Windows apps are shown in random language

This is problem especially with systems using other main language than English.
Windows apps and Store use Windows language settings to determine which language to use and if none on the list matches it defaults to English. This means if for example Japanese language has been added to list as IME, it defaults to it instead of English.
Add desired language to the Windows language list[9]
  1. Go to Control Panel, Clock, Language and Region and Language Options.
  2. Click Add language and add desired language to list.
    • If language is already on the list, move it higher up.
  3. From Advanced settings, make sure every setting is set to Use language list.

The system requirements button on a game's page doesn't show up

In some small-priority Windows locales, especially when browsing Microsoft Store with a web browser, info buttons may fail to show up. For instance, en-cy (English for Cyprus) causes the System Requirements button to not show up; while ha-Latn-NG (Hausa in Latin script for Nigeria) causes the Overview button to not show up.
(Browser-specific fix) Change the language tag of the URL[10]
  1. In the address bar, change the locale portion of the URL. For instance from to

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 8
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) DirectX 9 compatible
Other 1024 x 768 screen resolution.


  1. PC Gamer - Mod support is coming to games on the Microsoft Store - last accessed on 2019-09-06
  2. Verified by User:Dandelion Sprout on 2021-06-02
    An example that I've had firsthand problems with, is Disney Fairies Hidden Treasures.
  3. Verified by User:SojerManLan on 2022-07-11
    For example, both Disney Fairies Hidden Treasures and BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger are delisted (and for some, not possible to re-download) on Windows 10. Both games are listed on the Windows 8.1 store.
  4. Verified by User:Aemony on 2019-09-06
    Injected Special K successfully into multiple AppX-packaged games. Cheat Engine, which can be used to enable various modded functionality, is also known to work with Microsoft Store-based games. Unknown Cheats have a relevant thread on the topic.
  5. XInput and DirectInput - Windows Dev Center - "Note Use of legacy DirectInput is not recommended, and DirectInput is not available for Windows Store apps."
  6. Increasing the app roaming limits - last accessed on May 2023
  7. Microsoft lowers app installs from 81 to 10 with Windows 10 - last accessed on May 2023
  8. Scaling to different screens - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs - last accessed on May 2023
  9. Windows 8 preview - Why are half of my Metro apps in Japanese? - Super User - last accessed on May 2023
  10. Neoverse - last accessed on 2021-07-04