The Windows Store app allows you to install and update Universal apps in Windows 10. Thanks to the Store, apps can be installed with one click. By default, Windows Store is set to update apps automatically. It caches some details about installed and available apps to speed up the process of browsing them and improving the responsiveness of the Store app. However, sometimes the Store app fails to update apps or you may also be unable to install new apps. In such a case, you need to reset the Windows Store cache.
If you are having issues with installing or updating Store apps in Windows 10, in most cases it is caused by a corrupted Store cache. To reset it, you need to do the following.
- Press Win + R keys together on your keyboard to open the Run dialog.
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- Type the following in the Run box:
The WSreset tool will clean up the Store cache. It may take a few minutes, so be patient. After that, Windows Store will be opened again and you will be able to update or install your apps once again.
WSreset does not rebuild the Store cache for some third party Universal apps. If you reset the Store cache but some of your Universal apps still have issues, you need to reset their cache manually. Here is how.
- Open an elevated command prompt.
- Type the following command:
wmic useraccount get name,sid
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following Registry path:
- Delete the subkey which has the SID value in its name:
- Restart Windows 10.