One of the most exciting features in Windows 8 is the availability of lots of Windows Store apps that you can download and use. Already there are quite a few apps out there and more are being added every day. And that’s why Windows 8’s ‘Unable to update Windows Store apps’ error is so annoying to so many users. In most cases this error appears only when a user tries to update the apps, but some people have been getting it when downloading and installing new applications. Either the download gets stuck and nothing happens, or people get a failed to install an application error message. Luckily, there are ways to fix this error. Here is what you can try to make your Windows 8 apps install and update properly.
Method One: Using the Windows Update Troubleshooter
Luckily for us, Windows 8 users, the new operating system has some very useful troubleshooting tools that do make a difference. The Windows Update Troubleshooter is one of them. In most cases, this tool lets you solve all Windows 8 update problems, including app update errors. To run the troubleshooter, do the following:
- Press the Windows key+R, type Control in the Run box that appears and hit Enter. This will open the Control Panel
- Now go to System and Security and click on Find and fix problems
- Click on Fix Problems with Windows Update
- Follow the Wizard’s steps and reboot your computer when finished. The Windows Update problems should be gone.
Method 2: Eliminate Application Conflicts
If the above-mentioned Windows 8 Update fix didn’t work, you should check for any third-party application conflicts. Chances are that your Windows 8 apps are not updating properly because of that.
First of all, think of any new software that you could have installed just before the Windows 8 Update errors started occurring. If you’ve installed a program that you think might be interfering, disable it from starting up automatically using a Startup Manager or MSCONFIG and see if that helps. Same with any newly installed security software – try disabling it and running the update. If the update works, then it’s definitely a compatibility issues. This means that you’ll have to look for different security software, though.
And last but not least, perform thorough Windows registry repair to make sure that no invalid or corrupted registry entries are causing any trouble. To do that, download our recommended Windows repair tool, install it and run it. Let it fix all it finds and then reboot your PC. Your Windows 8 applications should update normally.