Microsoft Store is not downloading on windows 11 (Solved)

Updating both Windows 11 and the Microsoft Store address download errors and enhance the overall performance of the system.

The Microsoft Store is the official app store on Windows 11 to download a wide range of applications, games, and entertainment options. With the latest release of Windows 11 22H2, the company redesigned the Microsoft store with a modern interface, improved speed, and performance. Also introduces support for Android apps and more. However, occasionally you may experience Microsoft not working or refuses to download anything. Users report, the Microsoft store not downloading or updating anything at all. In this article, explore the common reason behind Microsoft Store download errors in Windows 11 and provide detailed solutions to help you resolve the problem.

Microsoft Store Download Error Windows 11

There may be several reasons why the Microsoft Store is not downloading on Windows 11. It may be a Slow or Unstable internet connection prevents download from the Microsoft Store or Corrupted cache files can interfere with the downloading process. Again Incorrect date and time settings or antivirus or firewall settings can block the Microsoft Store from downloading.

And running the windows store app Troubleshooter is very effective to fix such problems on Windows 11. Also, you need to ensure working internet connection to download or update apps from Microsoft Store. In addition, you need to Check and correct the Date and Time Settings on your PC and Clear the Microsoft Store Cache to get resolve the Microsoft Store not working problem on Windows 11.

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Sometimes Restarting Windows 11 clears temporary files, refreshes system processes, and resolves minor software glitches that may prevent Microsoft Store download on Windows 11.

Restart windows 11

Check Internet Connection

Unstable or slow internet connection can disrupt downloads from the Microsoft Store. And the first thing you need to check and ensure the internet connection is stable and working properly.

You can check your internet speed at fast.com or speedtest.net. Or you can run the ping command to check the internet and network stability. Press the Windows key + R, type ping google.com -t and click ok. If the connection breaks you need to troubleshoot your internet connection.

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ping command

If you are connected to a Wireless network check the WiFi signal on your laptop, or take the laptop closer to Router. For wired connection check the Internet cable is connected properly, or check the Internet working on your Mobile.

In addition, Restart your router or modem clear the temporary cache, and establish a fresh connection to your internet service provider.

Disable any VPN or proxy settings that might interfere with the Microsoft Store’s connection. Also Temporarily disable any antivirus or firewall software that could be blocking the download.

Clearing the Microsoft Store Cache

The cache stores temporary files and data related to the Microsoft Store, and clearing it can eliminate any corrupted or conflicting data that may be causing problems

Corrupted cache files often contribute to download errors in the Microsoft Store.

  • Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  • Type “wsreset.exe” and press Enter.

Reset Windows Store Cache

  • A blank Command Prompt window will open briefly, and then the Microsoft Store will launch automatically.

Also, Signout and then logging back into the Microsoft Store can potentially help resolve certain issues with downloading. This action can refresh your account authentication and resolve any temporary glitches that may be affecting the store’s functionality.

Sign out Microsoft store

In addition, Make Sure the Windows Update Service is running.

  • Press the Windows key + R, type services.msc and click ok to open Windows services.
  • Scroll down to locate the Windows update service, right-click on it select restart from the context menu,
  • If it’s not running then double-click on it change the startup type automatic, Then start the service next to the service status.
  • Now try to install apps from the windows store.

Start windows update service

Verifying Date and Time Settings

Incorrect date and time settings on your system can interfere with the Microsoft Store’s ability to connect and download content. Ensure accurate date, time, and time zone settings by following these steps:

  • Right-click on the taskbar and select “Adjust date/time.”
  • Toggle the “Set time automatically” and “Set time zone automatically” options to enable them.
  • Restart your computer and try downloading once more.

Date and Time Settings windows 11

Run Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter

Windows 11 includes built-in troubleshooter to automatically detect and fix common problems on your computer. And Running the Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter can help identify and automatically fix common issues related to the Microsoft Store and its apps, including download errors.

  • Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
  • Navigate to “System” then “Troubleshoot” and click on Othertroubleshooters
  • Locate “Windows Store Apps” and click Run next to it.
  • The troubleshooter will now scan for problems related to the Microsoft Store and its apps. Follow the on-screen instructions if any issues are found.
  • Restart your computer and try downloading from the Microsoft Store again to check if the issue has been resolved

Store app troubleshooter windows 11

Check Storage Space and Settings

When you try to download an app or content from the store, it requires a certain amount of free space on your device to accommodate the downloaded files. If your device’s storage is nearly full or doesn’t have enough space to accommodate the download, you may encounter errors or the download may fail.

Consider deleting unnecessary files, uninstalling unused apps, or moving files to an external storage device.

You can also use the built-in “Storage Sense” feature in Windows 11 to automatically clean up temporary files and other unnecessary data.

Also, you can change the default download location for the Microsoft Store. Go to “Settings,” select “System,” then click on “Storage.” Click on Change where new content is saved, Expand the New apps will save to dropdown and choose another drive with sufficient storage.

Download location for the Microsoft Store

Reset Microsoft Store

Still, getting error while download apps from the Microsoft Store? Repairing or resetting the Microsoft Store can help fix various issues, including download errors. These options allow you to restore the Microsoft Store to its default settings and can resolve problems caused by corrupted files, misconfigurations, or conflicts with other apps.

  • Right-click on Start menu select installed apps,
  • Scroll down and locate “Microsoft Store” from the list of apps.
  • Click the ellipsis next to Microsoft Store and select Advanced options
  • This will open a new window with options to repair or reset the Microsoft store app.
  • First, try the Repair option and check if the Microsoft Store can install apps.

Reset windows 11 store

  • If still Microsoft store won’t download click Reset.
  • Restart your computer and attempt the download from the Microsoft Store again.

Run system file checker

If the above solutions didn’t fix the problem, run the system file checker utility scan. It can help identify and repair corrupted or missing system files that could potentially affect the functionality of the Microsoft Store.

To run this tool open the Command prompt As administrator Then type command sfc /scannow and hit the enter key.

Run sfc utility

The System File Checker will now scan your system files for any issues and attempt to repair them. This process may take some time.

Once the scan is complete, you will see a message indicating whether any issues were found and repaired.

Close the command prompt and Restart your computer. Now open the Microsoft store and download something from there to check if sfc scan help fix the error.

If all the above methods fail to fix It’s time to utilize the system restore feature, Which reverts back your system to the previous working state where the store app working without any error. check How to perform system restore on Windows.

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