Microsoft Store Missing on Windows 11? Here’s How to Fix

A lot of users have been reporting that the Microsft Store is missing on their Windows 11 computer when they are trying to find it. They can’t find the icon to open it even if they search it using the Windows taskbar. It seems like the app has disappeared from their computers and is nowhere to find. This issue is typically encountered on Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Showing you how to fix the Microsoft Store missing from Windows 11

After a lot of Windows 11 users have complained about this issue, we have decided to take a deeper look into this problem to see what causes it. Here’s a shortlist that contains all the possible causes for this Windows 11 issue:

  • Corrupted Microsoft Store files – One of the most common causes of the Microsoft Store missing is that the files got corrupted. We are not sure about the reasons that caused this, but it could be a Windows update, or it could be a glitch or bug that is making it act this way. To fix this, you can try to troubleshoot the Microsoft Store, but also you can try to repair the app and also reset it. 
  • Missing system bundles in Xbox App – Another cause for this issue could be the fact that you are missing some system bundles in Xbox App that are not letting it work properly. This could happen because you didn’t know about the updates, so you didn’t install them. All you have to do is to go to the Xbox App and make sure to install all the missing updates.

Now that you are aware of all the possible causes for this Microsoft Store missing from the Windows 11 issue, here’s a list that contains all the potential methods that users have used to fix it:

1. Run the Windows Store Apps troubleshooter

The first thing you should do before going straight to the practical methods is run the Windows Store Apps troubleshooter. Many users have managed to get their app back and were able to access it after doing this.

By doing the Windows Store Apps troubleshooter, this utility has the role to identify the problems that your app is going through, and also fix them. It is used by people for many problems that they’ve experienced with their Windows Store and manages to fix a lot of them with this utility.

All you have to do is to go to the Troubleshoot option and run the troubleshooter that is dedicated to the Windows Store. When that is done, the problem should be fixed.

In case you don’t know how to do this, here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. The first thing you need to do is to open the Windows Settings. You can do this in many ways, one of the easiest ways is to press the Windows key + I keys simultaneously and the Windows Settings will open instantly.
  2. Once you are inside the Windows Settings, select the System section and scroll down until you see the Troubleshoot section, then access it.
    Accessing the Troubleshoot section inside the Windows Settings
  3. After that, you need to click on Other troubleshooters to see more troubleshooters available on your computer.
  4. Now you need to scroll down at the bottom of the windows until you see Windows Store Apps. When you see it, click on Run to start the troubleshooting process.
    Starting the Windows Store Apps troubleshooting
  5. Wait until the process is complete. 
  6. After that, the problem should be fixed and you should be able to use the Microsoft Store without problems.

In case the Microsoft Store is still missing, go to the next method below.

2. Reinstall the Microsoft Store

The second thing you should do is reinstall the Microsoft Store. This is an easy process to do that can be done using the PowerShell app that Windows 11 has.

All you have to do is to open the PowerShell on your computer and insert a command. This command will automatically uninstall the Microsoft Store, then reinstall it. 

Here’s a guide that will show you how to do this:

  1. You need to start by opening the PowerShell. This can be done in many ways, one of them is to press the Windows key + R to open a Run dialog box and type inside the bar ‘powershell‘, then press CTRL + Shift + Enter to open it with administrator privileges.
    Using a Run dialog box to open the PowerShell
  2. Once you’ve done that and you are inside the PowerShell, you need to insert the following command inside it, then press Enter to run it:
    Get-AppXPackage *WindowsStore* -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
    Using PowerShell to reinstall the Microsoft Store
  3. Once you are done with that, you can close the PowerShell and search for Microsoft Store to see if you are able to find it.

In case the Microsoft Store doesn’t appear after doing this, check the next method.

3. Reset or Repair the Microsoft Store from Windows Settings

Another thing that users recommend doing when the Microsoft Store is missing is to try to reset and repair it from the Settings of your Windows 11 computer. This process is easy to do and turned out to be efficient in some cases.

You need to keep in mind that you first need to do the Repair process, and if it doesn’t have any effect do the Reset process then. This 

To do this method, all you have to do is to go to the Windows Settings and access the Apps list where you will need to find the Microsoft Store. Inside the Advanced options of it, you will find the button that you need to press to Repair and Reset the app.

In case you don’t know how to repair and reset the Microsoft Store app, here is a guide that contains the exact instructions:

  1. You need to start by opening the Windows Settings. Use the taskbar to search for it, go to it manually, or you can press the Windows key + I, and the Settings will instantly appear on your screen.
  2. Once you are inside the Windows Settings, go to the menu located on the left side of your screen and select the Apps section.
  3. Now you need to access the Apps & features section.
    Inside the Windows Settings accessing the Apps & features section
  4. After that, you should be able to see all the apps that your computer has. Search for Microsoft Store using the search bar or find it manually.
  5. Now you need to click on the three dots located on the right side of it and then click on Advanced options.
    Accessing the Advanced options of the Microsoft Store
  6. Once you’ve done that, scroll down a bit and you will see both options. Click on the Repair option first, then click on Reset one afterward.
    Repairing and resetting the Microsoft Store from the Windows Settings
  7. After you are done with that, the only thing left is to see close the Windows Settings and test to see if the Microsoft Store now appears.

In case the Microsoft Store is still missing, check the next potential method below.

4. Reset the Windows Store using Command Prompt

The affected Windows 11 users that have gone through this issue are recommended to also try to reset the Windows Store using the Command Prompt. This process is very easy to do and could be efficient.

All you have to do is to open the Command Prompt with administrator privileges and insert a command that will reset the Microsoft Store. After that, you need to reboot the computer and the process should take effect.

In case you don’t know how to do this, here’s a guide that will show you how:

  1. The first thing you need to do is to open the Command Prompt. To do this, you need to open a Run dialog box by pressing the Windows key + R and type inside the search bar ‘cmd‘, then press CTRL + Shift + Enter to open the Command Prompt with administrator privileges.
    Opening the Command Prompt using a Run dialog box
  2. Once the Command Prompt with admin privileges is opened on your screen, you need to insert the following command and press Enter to continue the process:
    WSreset.exe
    Using the Command Prompt to reset the Microsoft Store
  3. After you’ve done that and the process is complete, you can close the Command Prompt and try to see if the Microsoft Store is now findable.

In case the Microsoft Store is still missing even after doing all the methods from this article, check the following method which is also the last one.

5. Install the system bundles that are missing in the Xbox App

The last method that people are recommending to do is to go to the Xbox App that is installed on your computer and check to see if you have some system bundles that are waiting to be installed. In case you find any, make sure to install all of them.

After installing those system bundles that are missing, you should be able to find and use the Microsoft Store without problems, as a lot of users suggest.

In case you don’t know how to do this, here is a guide that contains the step-by-step instructions:

  1. You need to start by opening the Xbox App. There are many ways to do this, one of them is to simply search it inside the taskbar search bar.
    Using the taskbar search bar to open the Xbox App
  2. Once you are inside the Xbox App, click on your profile then click on Settings to open the specific menu.
    Inside the Xbox App accessing the Settings
  3. Now select the General tab to be able to see the system bundles that are missing from your computer and waiting to be installed.
  4. When you’ve done that, look in the upper side of the window, and when you see the Install button next to the system bundles, click on it.
    Installing the system bundles that are missing inside the Xbox App
  5. In case there is more than one, make sure to install every one of them.
  6. When you are done with that as well, you can close the app.
  7. Now the Microsoft Store missing in Windows 11 error should stop from appearing.
Kamil Anwar
Kamil is a certified MCITP, CCNA (W), CCNA (S) and a former British Computer Society Member with over 9 years of experience Configuring, Deploying and Managing Switches, Firewalls and Domain Controllers also an old-school still active on FreeNode.

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