How to Fix Windows Store Error Code 0x80240437

The 0x80240437 error appears because Microsoft have changed how Windows interacts with Microsoft Store’s servers since Windows 8, and it often gives this error code when it tries to begin the download process. It mainly indicates that there isn’t a connection between your system and the Store’s servers, and therefore it’s unable to download the apps or updates you need.

This error started appearing for users with Windows 8 and above, which either tried to download Store apps after installing Windows, or tried to update their OS. It also happened to certain Surface Hub users who run a specialized version of Windows 10. As stated above, it isn’t your, or your computer’s fault – it is a mistake on Microsoft’s end.

However, there are a few workarounds that will let you download your apps and updates even though Microsoft haven’t fixed the issue. Read on to see what you can do about this, and fix the problem you’re having.


Method 1: Run an elevated Powershell

The Powershell is an automation platform and scripting language, built on the .NET framework, which can run scripts to let you simplify the management of your systems.                 There is such a script that will help you get a good connection to the servers, and you will be able to download apps from the store.

  1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard, and type powershell – Don’t open the result, but instead right-click it and choose Run as administrator.
  2. In the Powershell, enter the following command, and press Enter on your keyboard to execute it.
PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted $manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore).InstallLocation + '\AppxManifest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest


PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Command "& {$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore).InstallLocation + '\AppxManifest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest}"
  1. There will be a few errors during execution, but it’s safe to ignore them.
  2. When the command is done, reboot your PC. Try running the Store again and downloading your apps, you shouldn’t have any problems now.

Method 2: Uninstall and reinstall your network adapter

Uninstalling and reinstalling your network adapter can also help you with this issue, and the steps to do so are fairly easy.

  1. Press simultaneously the Windows key and R on your keyboard, and in the Run dialog that opens, type devmgmt.msc. Press Enter or click OK to open the Device Manager.
  2. In the Device Manager, you will see a list of devices. Expand Network Adapters.
  3. Find your network adapter, and right-click Choose Uninstall.
  4. When the wizard is done, click on an empty area in the Device Manager to deselect any device. From the Action menu, choose Scan for hardware changes.
  5. Your network adapter may get listed as an Unknown device. Right-click it, and choose Update Driver Software. Follow the instructions of the wizard to automatically install the drivers for it.
  6. Reboot your system in the end. You should be able to open the Store and download apps now.


Method 3: Restart the Windows Update services

  1. Open the Run dialog, and type services.msc and Click OK
  2. Find both the Windows Update service and Background Intelligent Transfer service. One by one, right-click both of them, and select Stop.
  3. Hold the Windows Key and Press R. Type %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution\ and Click OK.
  4. Delete everything within the folder.
  5. Open the Services window again, and Start both  BITS and Windows Update services. Check if you’re still having the issue, although you should be able to download everything without any problems.


Method 4: Check your firewall settings

You should know how your firewall is set up. If it is set to block Windows Update or the Windows Store, you won’t be able to connect to either of them, resulting in the 0x80240437 error. This is especially important for users of enterprise systems and the Surface Hub which run external firewall software that requires you to manually install the certificates and add an exception rule for your device to connect via the Store.

Given that this is mostly an issue on Microsoft’s end, users shouldn’t be the ones that are dealing with it. However, until Microsoft finds a fix for it, you can follow the solutions in the methods above to be able to download your apps from the Microsoft Store.


Kevin Arrows

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