On Windows 10, when you need an app, you no longer need to download the installer from third-party websites, which probably can’t be trusted. If you need an app (depending on the app), you can now use the Microsoft Store, which is the one-stop-shop to apps as well as games, videos, and more.
Although, the Microsoft Store makes sense from the standpoint of security, usability, and discoverability, it’s not always reliable, as many users are constantly reporting issues downloading and updating apps, crashes, and perhaps the biggest problem of them all, a Store not opening.
Alongside the ability to fix errors, downloads, and other problems using PowerShell to uninstall and reinstall the Store, you can also resolve most common issues using the reset option in the Settings app.
How to reset Microsoft Store app on Windows 10
To reset the Microsoft Store app to fix problems, use these steps:
Click Apps & features.
Select the Microsoft Store app.
Click the Advanced options link.
Click the Reset button.Note: This action will permanently delete the Store data on your device, including preferences, and sign-in details.
Click the Reset button one more time to confirm the reset.
Once you’ve completed the steps, try to open the app, and it should now launch normally. However, you may have to re-configure those specific settings that may have been reset, and you’ll also need to re-queue those apps that previously weren’t downloading.
Update February 11, 2018: This guide was originally published in May 2016, and it’s been updated in February 2018 to make sure the instructions are up-to-date.