Using Windows Store Apps on Windows 8

Similar to Android Market and Apple Store, all of Windows Store Apps are available on the Windows Store. You can easily download and install the free as well as paid apps; all you require is to have a Microsoft email account. On purchase of a Windows Store App, you can install it on not more than five PCs or tablets.

On your Windows 8, switch to the Metro Style Screen to access the Windows Store. You can switch to the Metro Style screen on your Desktop by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard, or move the mouse to the extreme lower left corner of the screen and click the start screen button that is displayed as shown below,

Now, to access the Windows Store, click on the ‘Store’ tile and browse through the different sections to see the available apps. The ‘Store’ tile will be similar to the one shown below,

For example, clicking on the ‘New releases’ tile, you can view all the newly released apps like the ones below,


In case you want to search a specific app, let us take for example Sudoku Classic Game, start typing your search term while in the Windows Store on the Search panel that comes up on the right side of the screen.  Various suggestions will also be displayed, you can click on the one you want to choose, or enter whole of your search term and click on the magnifying glass button next to the search box.

On making your required selection, a screen will be displayed containing more information about the app like features, reviews, system requirements and size. You’ll have to enter your Microsoft email and password here, in case you didn’t enter it during Windows 8 setup. Now, just click on the ‘Install’ button to download and install the app.

While the app is installing, you get a notification on the top right corner of the screen and after installation the notification reads ‘[app name] was installed’. The installed Windows Store App gets displayed on the start screen, on the far right side by default, but you can always change the location.

Next, let us see how to uninstall a Windows Store App. All you need to do is select a tile and right click on it so that the tile is checked. You’ll get options displayed on the bottom of the screen, from which you can select the ‘Uninstall’ to uninstall the selected app. A popup confirmation window will be displayed to check if you really want to uninstall the app. Click ‘Uninstall’ again to confirm uninstallation. The app tile gets removed from the start screen then.

If there is an update available for an app, the ‘Store’ tile displays a number indicating the number of apps that have updates available, as shown in the figure below,

On selecting the ‘Store’ tile, the ‘Windows Store’ opens and on its top right corner is a link for ‘Updates’.  On clicking this link, all the apps with available updates are displayed on an ‘App Updates’ screen. By default, all the apps are selected. Click the ‘Update’ selection on the bottom of the screen to install updates. The ‘Clear’ and ‘Select All’ buttons can be used to make your selections.

On selecting ‘Install’, the progress of downloads and installation is displayed corresponding to each app on the ‘Installing App’ screen as shown below. Once the installation is complete, a message is displayed saying, ‘Your apps were installed’.

To check for updates manually, select the ‘Settings’ button on the ‘Charms’ bar. On the ‘Settings’ panel displayed, click on ‘App Updates’. Now, on the ‘Apps Update’ screen, click on ‘Sync licenses’ to see updates for the apps you own. A message is displayed when the app licenses are synced.

Click on ‘Check for updates’ button, to manually check for updates. If no updates are available, a corresponding message will be displayed. Click the back button to close apps update screen and go back to ‘Windows Store’.

In case you don’t want the ‘Store’ tile on your ‘Start Screen’, you can disable it.

2 thoughts on “Using Windows Store Apps on Windows 8

  • November 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Thats great.. I hope you will love your experience..
    I have also started developing the Windows Store Apps for Windows 8.. If you are a developer, try this as well.. I hope you will like it.. 🙂

  • November 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Now this excites me. Waiting for my Windows 8 DVD from MS :/


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