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Windows Store missing from Windows 11

Can’t open Microsoft Store links in Windows 11? Neither can I. If I go to the web store front, I can install previously installed software using the elipsis next to install/open.

Install on my devices

I’ve read about at least a dozen recommended guides to fixing this and the only one that works for me is installing Xbox App for PC. Once it’s installed, you’ll see this message on first run:

Fix them in settings
Clicking “Fix them in settings” will give an option to install Microsoft Store:

A few seconds and a pop-up later, its back.


This is one of a handful of really annoying Windows 11 bugs, that really shouldn’t happen with a clean install. I’d forgotten about this one until Teams decided it no longer wanted to work, requiring a reinstall.

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