Windows 10 includes the Microsoft Store, which allows you to download free or paid software from the Internet. Here’s how to install apps from the Store.
Free apps vs paid apps
Before using the Microsoft Store or any modern app store, it’s important to understand the difference between the two types of store software: free and paid.
With “free” software, you can download the program without making a purchase, but there is usually a catch. These apps work with a subscription service (such as Amazon, Netflix, Apple, Adobe, Facebook, or Slack), or they let you use a basic version of an app for free, sometimes with intrusive ads. If you want to unlock a feature later, you may be asked for payment using something called “in-app purchases.”
The second type is “paid” software, which you buy up front before downloading and usually have the right to use it completely, although there are also paid apps that sell more features later via in-app purchases.
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How to install software using the Microsoft Store on Windows 10
Before we begin, we’ll assume you’ve already created a Microsoft account and you’re signed in. For app purchases, you’ll need a payment method that’s already been associated with your Microsoft account.
First, open the “Microsoft Store”. If you can’t find it, open the Windows 10 “Start” menu and type “Microsoft Store,” then click the “Microsoft Store” icon when it appears. Or you can find it in your app list.
When the “Microsoft Store” app opens, you will see a screen that includes many flashy banners that advertise the latest deals and other promotions.
If you are looking for a specific type of application, click on one of the categories at the top of the window, such as “Games”, “Entertainment” or “Productivity”.
Or you can search for a specific app by clicking on the search button. In the search bar that appears, type what you want to find, then click an item in the list of results.
Once you’ve located a program you want to install, first check whether it’s a free or paid app. If the app is free, you will see the word “free” just above a “Get” button. Click on the “Get” button and it will turn into an “Install” button. Once you click on “Install”, the download will start automatically.
If the program requires a purchase before downloading, you will see a price listed just above a “Buy” button. If you would like to purchase the item, click on the “Buy” button.
After following the purchase steps, the download will begin. You will see a status bar when the program is downloaded from the Internet to your computer.
Once the application is installed, you can launch it by clicking on the “Launch” or “Play” button located right next to the download progress indicator bar. Or you can open the “Start” menu and search for the name of the application in an alphabetical list. Click on the app icon when you find it, and it will launch.
If you cannot find the app you just downloaded in the “Start” menu, open “Start” and start typing the name of the app to search. When the results appear, click on the application icon to launch it.
Also, if you ever need to see a complete list of all the apps you’ve purchased or installed from the Microsoft Store, launch the “Microsoft Store” app and click the ellipsis (three dots) button in the toolbar. Then select “My Library”.
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You’ll see a list of all the apps you’ve installed through the Microsoft Store, and you can sort it by installed date and other criteria. If you want to uninstall the app later, you will need to visit Settings> Applications, select the program, and click “Uninstall”.
Have fun with your new app!
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