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5 solutions to fix Microsoft Store app is blocked in Windows 10 (2018)

If you can't open windows 10 Store app and receive error code 0x800704ec windows Store app is blocked message in Windows 10, Here simple solutions include Registry tweak will help you to resolve it.


Getting error code 0x800704ec Windows store is blocked or Store app is blocked while trying to access Microsoft Store? This specific code 0x800704ec indicates that somehow  Microsoft Store is blocked in Windows 10. The issue might be your system administrator (in case of systems part of the domain or multi-users machine) has blocked the app via Group Policy or registry. Or On local computers, the issue may occur if any program has blocked Store from working. Again sometimes security software or corrupted Store cache files also cause:

The Store app is blocked
Check with your IT or system administrator.
The error code is 0x800704EC, in case you need it.

Windows store is blocked error code 0x800704ec

Fix Error “0x800704EC” Windows Store app is blocked

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Error Code 0x800704EC restricts you from accessing the benefits of Store app, Here is the simple registry tweak worked for me: Press Windows + R, type regedit and ok to Open windows registry editor. Now first backup registry Database then navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsStore

Here double click on RemoveWindowsStore and change its value 1 to 0 as shown image below.

registry tweak to fix Windows Store app is blocked
registry tweak to fix Windows Store app is blocked

Note: If the key WindowsStore is not available, then you need to create it. To do so, perform a right-click on Microsoft, “New” and click “Key“. Name this key as WindowsStore.

Now, right click on WindowsStore and create a new DWORD (32-bit). Name this new DWORD as RemoveWindowsStore and double-click on it. to fix Error Code 0x800704EC of Store, set 0 as the Value data and click OK. Restart windows and open windows store on next login let us know this tweak fixed the issue.

Enable Microsoft Store using Group Policy Editor

Also if you are using windows 10 pro edition you can simply fix the issue from group policy editor.  As Windows 10 home edition doesn’t have group policy feature they can skip this step.

Press Windows + R, type gpedit.msc and ok to open windows group policy editor, then Navigate to the following path on its left sidebar.

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Store

Here, in the right pane, locate the policy Turn off the Store application. Put right click on it and select Edit. If the setting is “Enabled“, then modify its feature to either Not Configured or Disabled. Finally, make a hit on the Apply as well OK buttons to confirm changes. Restart windows to take effect the changes and open store app this time there is no more errors.

Enable Microsoft Store using Group Policy Editor
Enable Microsoft Store using Group Policy Editor

Clear store app Cache

If you are still getting the error I would recommend to temporarily uninstall any 3rd party antivirus if you have installed any. Also, Press Windows + R, to open Run dialog box here type WSRESET.EXE and ok to clear if any temporary cache causing the issue. As this is a very helpful fix works most of windows 10 store related problems.

Reset Windows Store Cache
Reset Windows Store Cache

Run Windows Store apps Troubleshooter

Download and run the aka store app troubleshooter and let windows to check and fix the problem for you. Also, you can run the built-in Store app Troubleshooter From Settings > Update & security > Troubleshoot Scroll down to the bottom Click Windows Store Apps Run the troubleshooter this will check for the problems that may prevent windows store apps working properly.

Run windows 10 store apps troubleshooter
Run Windows 10 store apps troubleshooter

Reset Windows Store app To default Setup

If the problem still persists, then try to reset the windows 10 store to its default setup which may fix the problem if there is any incorrect configuration causing the issue. To do this press Windows + I to open settings, click on app Then click Apps & features. Scroll down and look for Microsoft store app, click on it and select advanced options. Click Reset, and you’ll receive a confirmation button. Click Reset and close the window. Restart your computer and check if the problem has been sorted out.

Reset windows 10 store
Reset Windows 10 store

Re-register Store through PowerShell

This is yet another powerful solution which helps most of the windows 10 app related problems including Error Code 0x800704EC Microsoft Store is blocked in Windows 10. Simply right click on Windows 10 Start menu and select PowerShell (admin). Here on PowerShell window type in or copy-paste the given below command.

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

re-registering windows Store apps
re-registering windows Store apps

Press enter key to execute the command and wait until complete the process, after that restart windows and check this probably fix the windows 10 store app problem.

Check with new user Account profile

Also, users suggest creating a new user account profile help them to Fix Error 0x800704EC Windows Store app is blocked. Simply open the command prompt as administrator type net user UserName  /add

cmd to create user account
cmd to create user account

* Replace the  UserName  with your preferred  username:

Then give this command to add the new user account to the Local Administrators Group:

net localgroup administrators UserName /add

e.g. If the new username is “User1” then you have to give this command:
net localgroup administrators User1 /add

Sign-out and log in with the new user. And check you will get rid of windows store problems.

Let us know did these solutions help to fix Fix Error “0x800704EC” Windows Store app is blocked in windows 10? Also. read Printer in Error State? Here how to fix printer problems on windows 10