Windows 10 Store Won’t Open (Fix)

AppXManifest does not Exist

Windows Store was included by Microsoft in Windows 8 after getting a massive amount of requests from the users. It was indeed required to integrate a store as Windows’s other strong competitor i.e. Apple already has a running App Store inside OSX. Windows Store was not much appreciated due to its fewer applications available to be downloaded and it also had some bugs. So, in Windows 10, Microsoft made some changes inside as well as removed some known bugs inside Windows Store, to make its operations smoother.

Windows Store

But still, Windows 10 users have reported that Windows 10 Store doesn’t open. Even after restarting the PC, the store doesn’t seem to open. It is pretty awful as users don’t want the store to shut down as it restricts them from downloading the games and apps available exclusively on the store. So, I will be guiding you to get your Windows 10 Store back to work.

The Reason Behind the Issue “Windows 10 Store Won’t Open”:

The culprit behind the non-opening of Windows 10 Store might be the local caches of Windows Store which are stored in a specific folder inside the C directory. The other major reason might be related to Windows Store’s registries that can get corrupted due to some conflicts inside the OS.

Solutions to Fix the Issue “Windows 10 Store Won’t Open”:

This issue can be resolved by resetting the Windows Store caches or deleting the local caches created by the Windows Store. This issue can also be resolved by re-registering the Store application using the Powershell. Follow the methods below to get it done.

But before moving on with the solutions, make sure you have a working internet connection and your system’s date/time is correct. Furthermore, confirm that you have enough free space available on your system drive. Also, switch off any VPN/proxy and check if the problem is solved.

1. Reset the Windows Store Cache

This problem can be resolved by resetting the Windows Store Cache using the Command Prompt. On the other hand, you can also delete the local caches stored inside the directory.

Reset the Windows Store Caches Using Command Prompt:

  1. Open an elevated Command Prompt by right-clicking over the Start menu icon and selecting the Command Prompt (Admin) from the list.
    Choose Command Prompt (Admin)
  2. Type the command “wsreset.exe” inside the command prompt and hit the Enter key to execute. It would clear the caches of the Windows store. After it is done, re-check the store application to see if it works or not.
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Execute the Command wsreset.exe

1.1 Delete the Local Caches Manually

  1. To delete the local caches of Windows Store, navigate to the following folder mentioned below and delete all the files present in that folder.
    Note:  Make sure that your hidden files are visible. To make them visible, open any folder and go to View panel located at the top. Inside the View panel, check the box labeled as Hidden items and it would unhide the files.Folder:

    C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.WindowsStore_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache

    user_name would be different based on your user account. So, keep that in mind.

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    Open Cache Folder of Windows Store
  2. After deleting the files, open the store application again to see if the problem is resolved.

2. Register the Windows Store

  1. Open the Powershell application by searching for it using Cortana and run it as administrator.
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    Open PowerShell as Administrator
  2. Inside Powershell, run the following command to re-register the Windows Store application. Paste this command and press Enter key on the keyboard to execute and re-register the store.
    Command: 

    powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $Env:SystemRoot\WinStore\AppxManifest.xml
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    Execute the AppxManifest.xml Command
  3. Re-open the store to check whether it works or not.

3. Cannot Find AppxManifest.XML or AppxManifest.XML Does not Exist

The AppXManifest does not exist issue arises if the Windows installation of your system is corrupt or outdated. Moreover, the corrupt Windows user profile may also cause the issue at hand. The issue arises when a user runs a PowerShell or Command Prompt cmdlet (usually to update an application or program) but sees the AppXManifest missing issue with the following type of message:

“Cannot find the path ‘C:\AppXManifest.XML because it does not exist.”

AppXManifest Missing

Before proceeding, check if performing a system restore (if a restore point exists) resolves the AppXManifest issue. Also, make sure your system time and time zone are properly configured.

3.1 Update the Windows of Your System to the Latest Release

The AppXManifest missing issue may emerge if Windows of your system is obsolete as it can create incompatibility between the essential OS modules. In this context, updating the Windows of your PC to the latest release may solve the AppXManifest problem.

But before proceeding, make sure no firewall (the Privatefirewall is known to hamper the update process and cause the issue) is hindering the update process. It will be better to remove any 3rd party firewalls and disable the Windows Firewall till the update process is complete.

  1. Manually update the system’s Windows and check if that resolves the AppXManifest issue.
    Check for Windows Updates
  2. If not, then steer to the Windows 10 download page by using a web browser and click on the Update Now button to download the file.
    Click on the Update Now in the Windows 10 Download Page
  3. Once the download is complete, launch the downloaded Update Assistant with administrator privileges and follow the prompts to complete its operation.
  4. Once completed, reboot your PC and check if the Appxmanifest issue is resolved.
  5. If the issue persists, then steer to the Microsoft Update Catalogue website and search for the latest KB updates for your system (you can find about the updates on official Microsoft/OEM websites).
    Search and Download the KB Updates from the Update Catalog Website
  6. Now download and install (as administrator) the KB updates applicable to your system to check if that resolves the missing Appxmanifest issue.

3.2 Reset and Reregister the Application (For example, Microsoft Store)

You may encounter the issue at hand if the installation of an application like Microsoft Store is corrupt. In this case, resetting and re-registering the Microsoft Store may solve the problem.

  1. Click Windows, type: WSRESET, and right-click on it. Then select Run as Administrator.
    Launch WSReset as Administrator
  2. Once the reset process is complete, check if the AppXManifest issue is resolved.
  3. If not, right-click Windows and choose PowerShell (Admin).
  4. Now execute the following in the PowerShell:
    Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted
    Set Execution Policy to Unrestricted in the PowerShell
  5. When asked to, press Y and then execute the following:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
  6. Now reboot your PC and upon reboot, check if the missing AppXManifest issue is resolved.
  7. If not, then check if executing the following in the PowerShell (Admin) resolves the AppXManifest issue:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers |Where-Object {$_.InstallLocation -like "*SystemApps*"} | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

3.3 Perform the SFC and DISM Scans

You may encounter the missing AppXManifest issue if the essential system files are corrupt. In this case, performing the SFC and DISM scans may solve the AppXManifest issue.

  1. Perform an SFC scan of your system (this may take some time to complete, so try it when you can spare your PC for some time).
    Perform an SFC Scan
  2. If the issue persists, then check if executing the DISM scan resolves the issue. But make sure you execute the following command in the process:
    dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
    Use the DISM Command to RestoreHealth

3.4 Create a New Windows User Account

The AppXManifest file may be missing from the Windows user account if the user profile itself is corrupt. In this scenario, creating a New Windows User Account (preferably, local) may solve the problem.

  1. Create a new user account (preferably a local administrator) on your system and check if it is clear of the AppXManifest issue.
  2. If so, then you may move the data from the corrupt user profile to the newly created profile (a tedious task).

3.5 Take the Ownership of the WindowsApps Folder

You may encounter the missing AppXManifest issue if the permissions of the WindowsApps folder are not properly configured. In this case, taking ownership of the WindowsApps folder may solve the problem.

  1. Right-click Windows and select Run.
  2. Now navigate to the Program Files directory by copy-pasting the following:
    %programfiles%
    Open the Program Files from the Run Command Box
  3. Then right-click on the WindowsApps folder (if the folder is not shown, then make sure viewing of Hidden Files and Protected Operating System Files is enabled) and choose Properties.
    Open Properties of the WindowsApps Folder
  4. Now head to the Security tab and near the bottom of the Properties window, click on the Advanced button.
    Open Advanced Security Properties of the WindowsApps Folder
  5. Then click on Change (in front of Owner) and in the next window, click on the Advanced button.
    Click Change in Front of Owner and Open Advanced
  6. Now click on the Find Now button and double-click on your user’s name.
    Click the Find Now Button and Double-click on Your Username
  7. Then apply your changes and checkmark the option of “Replace Owner on Sub-containers and Objects“.
    Checkmark “Replace Owner on Sub-containers and Objects” and Apply Your Changes
  8. Now apply your changes and again right-click on the WindowsApps folder.
  9. Then select Properties and afterward, make sure your user account, All Application Packages, and System accounts have full control of the WindowsApps folder.
    Allow your user account, All Application Packages, and System accounts Full Control on WindowsApps Folder
  10. Now reboot your PC and check if the missing AppXManifest issue is resolved.

3.6 Perform an In-Place Upgrade

If none of the solutions did the trick for you, then performing an in-place upgrade may solve the missing AppXManifest issue.

  1. Launch a web browser and steer to the download page of Windows 10.
  2. Now scroll down and click on the Download Tool Now (under Create Windows 10 Installation Media).
    Download Media Creation Tool Now
  3. Then let the download complete and once completed, launch the downloaded file as administrator.
  4. Now Accept the license terms and on the “What Do You Want to Do page”, select Upgrade This PC Now.
    Select Upgrade This PC Now
  5. Then click on Next and follow the prompts to download the essential OS files (this may take some time to complete).
  6. Now select Keep Windows Settings, Personal Files, and Apps and click on Install.
    Keep Windows Settings, Personal Files, and Apps
  7. Then let the installation process complete (this may take some time to complete so, make sure you do not power off the system during the process).
  8. Now reboot your computer and upon reboot, hopefully, the missing AppXManifest issue is resolved.

If the issue persists, then you may have to perform a clean installation of Windows.

Kevin Arrows
Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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