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 versus paid apps
Before using the Microsoft Store (or any other modern app store), it’s important to understand the difference between the two types of software in the store ̵
With ‘free’ software you can download the program without buying anything, but usually there is a catch. These apps either work with a subscription service (such as Amazon, Netflix, Apple, Adobe, Facebook, or Slack), or 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 with so-called ‘in-app purchases’.
The second type is ‘paid’ software, which you buy in advance before downloading and usually has the right to use it in full, although there are also paid apps that sell more features later through in-app purchases.
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Install software using the Microsoft Store on Windows 10
Before we start, let’s assume you have already created a Microsoft account and are signed in. For app purchases, you need a payment method already associated with your Microsoft account.
First open the “Microsoft Store”. If you cannot 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 list of apps.
When the “Microsoft Store” app opens, you will see a screen with lots of flashy banners advertising the latest deals and other promotions.
If you’re looking for a specific type of app, click one of the categories at the top of the window, such as ‘Gaming’, ‘Entertainment’ or ‘Productivity’.
Or you can search for a specific app by clicking the search button. In the search bar that appears, type what you want to find and click an item in the list of results.
Once you find a program you want to install, first check if it is 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. As soon as you click “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 want to buy the item, click on the “Buy” button.
After following the purchase steps, the download will start. You will see a status bar while the program is downloaded from the Internet to your computer.
Once the app is installed, you can start it by clicking the “Start” or “Play” button located just next to the download progress indicator bar. Or you can open the “Start” menu and browse for the name of the app in an alphabetical list. Click on the app’s 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 perform a search. When the results appear, click on the app’s icon to launch it.
If you ever want to see a complete list of all the apps you have purchased or installed in the Microsoft Store, launch the “Microsoft Store” app and click the ellipses button (three dots) in the toolbar. Then select ‘My library’.
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You will see a list of all the apps you have installed from the Microsoft Store and you can sort them by installation date and other criteria. If you want to remove the app later, go to Settings> Apps, select the program and click ‘Remove’.
Have fun with your new app!
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