Microsoft Store App Stuck at Downloading – How to Fix?


If the app download stuck at the Microsoft store, you can easily fix it. But, It requires you to follow some methods. This article explains all of them with a few more details.

The Microsoft store, formally known as the Windows Store had problems in the past. Most of these problems still exist. Especially, the app or game download speed is terrible from the beginning. You may wonder why the download speed is bad while the Google Play store app download speed is incredible. It has so many reasons. However, In this article, I will only focus on the methods fix the Microsoft Store App Stuck at Downloading. But, I will also tell you a few reasons behind this type of problem.

Screenshot Microsoft Store App Stuck at Downloading

What Causes Microsoft Store Apps Stuck at Downloading?

There are so many reasons. But, We can put them in mainly two categories. The first one is internal component corruption. The second one is the network problem. Fortunately, Both are fixable. Most users encounter this problem when core system components related to the windows store and update process gets corrupted or modified. But, For some users, they encounter app stuck at downloading even after a fresh Windows installation. Because it is the internet connection they are using. I will explain it in the solution. So, Let’s dive into the troubleshooting process.

How to Fix Microsoft Store App Stuck at Downloading in Windows 10

There are multiple troubleshooting methods to solve the app stuck at downloading in the Windows store. Let’s know about them one by one.

1. Reset Windows/Microsoft Store Cache

To fix any kind of store related problems, you should follow this method. Resetting the Microsoft store can save your day. If you don’t know the procedure, please follow the instructions given below.

  • First of all, Open the start menu.
  • Then, type wsreset and hit enter.

It will take a while to reset the Microsoft store. Keep your patience. At last, check if it has fixed the store app downloading stuck at downloading in Windows 10 or not.

2. Run Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter

It is another very common solution to troubleshoot store apps related problems on Windows 10. If you are having stuck at downloading problems for specific apps, you can try a build-in tool for Windows. That is the windows store apps troubleshooter. It can fix the most common errors that may save your time a lot. To use this troubleshooter, follow these steps.

Launching Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter
  • At first, Press Win + I on the keyboard. It will open the settings window. Or you can manually open settings by clicking on the start button (Windows Logo) and the settings gear icon.
  • However, After opening the settings window, navigate to Update & Security > Troubleshoot.
  • Now, Click on Windows Store Apps as shown in the screenshot.
  • Then, follow the onscreen instructions to solve Microsoft store apps stuck at downloading.

If it doesn’t help, then go through the next methods.

3. Correct Time, Date and Region Settings

Not only the app download problem but also the windows update related issues may appear due to incorrect time, date and region settings. So, You know the solution. You can simply correct those settings on your computer. It may fix a lot of problems. Here are the instructions.

  • At first, Open Windows 10 settings like before.
  • Then, Go to Time & Language > Date & Time.
  • Now, Toggle the switches next to the Set Time Automatically and Set Time Zone Automatically.
  • After enabling these things, click on Sync now. It will correct the date & time.
  • Then, Click on Region and correct it.
  • Restart your computer.

Now, You should no longer encounter app download stuck problem.

4. Reset/Re-Install Problematic Apps

This problem doesn’t only appear while downloading the app but also while updating an app. If it happens during downloading an app update, you should try to reset that app. It is possible that the app is itself corrupted which causing the problem. Resetting or re-installing may fix the actual problem. To do it, follow these steps.

  • At first, Navigate to the Settings > Apps.
  • Then, Click on the problematic app and then, click on Advanced Options.
  • Now, Scroll down and find the reset/repair button and click on it.
  • After resetting, try to update the app again.
  • If it fails, just uninstall it and install it again.

Hopefully, it will work.

5. Re-Register Microsoft Store

It is another well-known method to fix Microsoft Store apps stuck at downloading problem. Re-registering the store is like a fresh start. However, It doesn’t affect any installed app. So, You can follow this method without any hassle. It may fix this problem too. To do it, follow these steps.

  • At first, You will have to open the Windows PowerShell as administrator. You can just right-click on the start button and click on Windows PowerShell(Admin).
  • Now, Run the following script.
& {$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage *WindowsStore*).InstallLocation + '\AppxManifest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest}

After running that script, Relaunch Microsoft store and try to download apps again. It may solve your problem.

6. Reset Software Distribution Folder

If you are still encountering the same problem, this is another method you can try. Resetting software distribution folder can solve Microsoft store apps stuck at downloading. It also can fix many Windows update related problems. If you don’t know the procedure, read: How to Reset SoftwareDistribution Folder

7. Repair Corrupted System Files

As I told you earlier, corrupted system components may be behind this problem. So, you run SFC and DISM command to repair these components. It also should repair the Windows store app download related problems. To know the steps, read: How to repair corrupted system files

8. Use VPN to Fix App Download Stuck in Windows/Microsoft Store

I may have placed it at the bottom. But, It is one of the most working method to fix Microsoft Store apps stuck at downloading. It is true that outside of the USA and Europe, download speed from Microsoft websites is not that great. Google has so many servers around the world for play store apps. But, I assume Microsoft or Apple don’t have that many servers. As a result, from some countries or from some networks even in the USA or European countries, users encounter slow download speed. In some cases, They encounter stuck at downloading problem. Personally, I have encountered it many times. In this case, the only way is by using a VPN. Yes, It’s correct. Using a VPN can fix Microsoft Store apps stuck at downloading problem for many users.

For this, you can Ivacy VPN or anything you prefer like PureVPN, FastestVPN, ibVPN, etc.

To give you a better idea, I can give you my example. I’m from Bangladesh. Sometimes, I find the Windows store apps stuck at downloading state. Even it remains the same for days after days. So, I often use a VPN and connect to the Singapore server. Then, I try to download/update the apps. It works. I face no problem when I am on VPN. So, I assume, this trick also may solve your problem.

9. Reset/Repair Install Windows 10

If none of the above methods solve the problem, you have a very different option. You can reset Windows. It will give you a fresh start with Windows. So, there is no internal component corruption or any misconfiguration that may hinder the Microsoft store apps download process.

These are basically the most used method to fix Microsoft store apps stuck at downloading problem in Windows 10. You also may update your network drivers to ensure the best internet connectivity on your PC. However, If you know any other methods, you can share it in the comment box.

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Hasibul Kabir is the founder of TechClassy. He is a Tech Blogger, Web Developer & Hobbyist Game Developer. He loves to write on technology, mainly Windows, macOS, iOS, etc.


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