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How-to install Microsoft Store apps without Store

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TL;DR

  1. Download .appx & .blockmap files from https://store.rg-adguard.net/ with store urls
  2. Powershell mount the file folder cd C:\storeshit and install .appx with Add-AppxPackage .\filename.appx
  3. Reboot

The actual,
hand-to-hand,
store combat guide.

  • Open https://store.rg-adguard.net/ site and find the site for whatever store app you want to install
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  • Copy store app address to the downloader page

  • Download the last .appx file and its .blockmap counterpart
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  • It’ll most likely error about missing .appx, which you cannot know before trying to install that .appx
    In this case thats Microsoft.NET.Native.Framework, which the site also lists to the same list, so need to also download that one
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  • Whatever folder will do, and its just easier to copypaste that file path from

  • Run PowerShell as administrator
    powershell_1

  • Mount the download folder with
    cd C:\storeshit

  • Install the .appx file with
    Add-AppxPackage .\Microsoft.NET.Native.Framework.1.3_1.3.24211.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe.Appx

  • and install all of the .appx files with the same
    Add-AppxPackage .\Ookla.SpeedtestbyOokla_1.7.33.0_neutral_~_43tkc6nmykmb6.AppxBundle

  • Done, reboot
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#2

Interesting to know. But… why? Is there any benefit over using a trusted source that will keep your applications up to date.

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#3

I have been uninstalling Store with the other nonsense apps which are some weird way tied to start menu, and yeah, dont have it, never heard Cortana either :man_shrugging:t2:

and now I have them Netflixes and extensions

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#4

As a life-long Windows user, I think the store is meh. I don’t despise it, but I also don’t use it.

I get the simplicity/security argument, but I like the process of going to a website and downloading the software. If it’s a paid app, MS can’t take a cut of the sales if you buy it direct from the developer.

It seems like a lot of apps (at least from what I use) have auto-update options built in anyways, so the store doesn’t really have a huge advantage in that respect other than being able to update everything at once. But whatever. It’s not like it’s difficult to just update software on a case-by-case basis, especially stuff like Twitch or Battle.net where it updates on its own.

Plus I think the store requires you to sign into your MS account. Could be wrong. It’s been a while since I’ve looked at it. But I don’t like the idea of having to be logged into my account, especially because then they try to tie that account to every other MS service on your computer and it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

The old Windows way is best I.M.o. Or if you want the ability to update everything at once, then Linux does it best (as long as you pick the correct distro for your needs).

Of course, this is just my opinion. I get that some people like the store because everything is in one place and the apps have to go through some QA.

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