Windows Store has its issues

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 17, 2012
Windows, Windows 8

I have been playing around with the RTM release of Windows 8 for some time now and have spend some of that time browsing Windows Store. Windows 8 is the first Microsoft operating system that ships with a built-in store that is going to make Microsoft richer and providing users with access to a secure location to download software.

Windows Store uses the modern user interface that Microsoft put emphasize on. This becomes apparent when you open the store, as it is using large rectangles to highlight apps available in it. While that is nice and shiny, it seriously limits the number of apps displayed on the screen at the same time.

Only eight apps are displayed on a 1920x1080 monitor, not a lot considering that the store is already hosting more than 1300 apps. It takes ten taps on the page-down key to scroll through all store categories on the front.

A click on a category name, as opposed to a click on top free or new releases, displays all apps of the selected category in a more appropriate format. I'm not saying that the format is ideal, considering that the display is rather colorful and distracting as each app listing uses the apps' dominant color as the background.

Imagine having to browse through hundreds or even thousands of apps that are displayed in this way. A possible solution is an - optional - display mode that displays the entries in list form with less colors.

That's however not the biggest issue that I have with the store.


The sorting is broken. And not just one of the sorting options. First of all, when you sort by highest price, you end up with desktop apps listed in front of store apps as the majority are more expensive than apps. The problem here is that there is no price listed for desktop apps, and that there is no option to hide desktop apps from being listed in the store.

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Desktop apps do not appear to be sorted by price, as you will find some listed among Windows Store apps even though they are more expensive than apps listed in front of them.

About that. I still do not know how items are sorted in the store. Are apps sorted in columns or rows? The most popular app is the one in the top left corner, but the second most popular app? Is it the app on the right, or below?

Sort by highest rating appears broken as well when you search for all apps listed in the store. How you do that? You bring up the Charms Bar with Windows-C, click on Search, and enter * as the search term. When you sort all apps by highest rating now, you will find apps with no rating listed near the top.

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It has already been reported earlier that the highest rating algorithm is only considering an apps' average rating, so that an app with one rating of five, and thus an average rating of five, the highest possible rating, is displayed in front of apps with more ratings if only one of the ratings is below five. This is for instance the case for the game Ludo with 13 ratings of which one is 4, while the remaining 12 are 5.

This can be easily resolved by requiring a minimum number of votes before apps are included in the highest rating list.

Unrelated to that is a feature that I'd like to see implemented: the option to type in the store to find or sort apps listed here automatically, and without having to use the Charms Bar to do that. It is not clear why Microsoft has limited instant search to the startpage only.

Have you played around in Windows Store yet? If so, what is your take on it so far?


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  1. Dan Donx said on January 15, 2023 at 10:29 am

    What mental age of reader are you targeting with the first sentence? 10?

    Why not write an article on how to *avoid* upgrading from W10 to W11. Analogous to those like me who avoided upgrading from 7 to 10 for as long as possible.

    If your paymaster Microsoft permits it, of course.

  2. Dexter said on January 15, 2023 at 11:14 am

    5. Rufus
    6. Ventoy

    PS. I hate reading these “SEO optimized” articles.

    1. cdr said on January 15, 2023 at 3:32 pm

      I used Rufus to create an installer for a 6th gen intel i5 that had MBR. It upgraded using Setup. No issues except for Win 11 always prompting me to replace my local account. Still using Win 10 Pro on all my other PCs to avoid the bullying.

  3. sv said on January 15, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    bit pointless to upgrade for the sake of upgrading as you never know when you’ll get locked out because ms might suddenly not provide updates to unsupported systems.

    ps…. time travelling?
    written. Jan 15, 2023
    Updated • Jan 13, 2023

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 16, 2023 at 5:49 am

      This happens when you schedule a post in WordPress and update it before setting the publication date.

  4. Anonymous said on January 16, 2023 at 8:24 am

    Anyone willing to downgrade to this awful OS must like inflicting themselves with harm.

  5. basingstoke said on January 16, 2023 at 11:18 am

    I have become convinced now that anybody who has no qualms with using Windows 11/10 must fit into one of the following brackets:

    1) Too young to remember a time before W10 and W11 (doesn’t know better)

    2) Wants to play the latest games on their PC above anything else (or deeply needs some software which already dropped W7 support)

    3) Doesn’t know too much about how computers work, worried that they’d be absolutely lost and in trouble without the “”latest security””

    4) Microsoft apologist that tries to justify that the latest “features” and “changes” are actually a good thing, that improve Windows

    5) Uses their computer to do a bare minimum of like 3 different things, browse web, check emails, etc, so really doesn’t fuss

    Obviously that doesn’t cover everyone, there’s also the category that:

    6) Actually liked W7 more than 10, and held out as long as possible before switching, begrudgingly uses 10 now

    Have I missed any group off this list?

    1. Heinz Strunk said on September 19, 2023 at 3:57 pm

      You have missed in this group just about any professional user that uses business software like CAD programs or ERP Programs which are 99% of all professional users from this list.

      Linux doesn’t help anyone who is not a linux kid and apple is just a fancy facebook machine.

  6. ilev said on August 24, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    Microsoft has removed KB5029351 update

    1. EP said on August 24, 2023 at 9:21 pm

      only from windows update though
      KB5029351 is still available from the ms update catalog site

  7. Anonymous said on August 24, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    1. This update is labaled as PREVIEW if it causes issues to unintelligent people, then they shouldn’t have allowed Preview updates ot install.

    2. I have installed it in a 11 years old computer, and no problems at all.

    3. Making a big drama over a bluescreen for an updated labeled as preview is ridiculous.

    This is probably another BS internet drama where people ran programs and scripts that modified the registry until they broke Windows, just for removing stuff that they weren’t even using just for the sake of it.
    Maybe people should stop playing geeks and actually either use Windows 10 or Windows 11, but don’t try to modify things just for the sake of it.

    Sometimes removing or stopping things (like defender is a perfect example) only need intelligence, not scripts or 3rd party programs that might mess with windows.

  8. john said on August 24, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    Windows 11 was a pointless release, it was just created because some of the Windows team wanted to boost sales with some sort of new and improved Windows 10. Instead, Microsoft cannot support one version well let alone two.

    1. John G. said on August 25, 2023 at 12:08 pm

      Windows 11 is the worst ugly shame by Microsoft ever. They should release with every new W11 version a complete free version of Starallback inside just to make this sh** OS functionally again.

  9. EP said on August 25, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released a statement regarding the “unsupported processor” blue screen error for their boards using Intel 600/700 series chipsets & to avoid the KB5029351 Win11 update:–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–Error-Message-of-Windows-11-Update-KB5029351-Preview-142215

  10. EP said on August 29, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    check out the following recent articles:

    Neowin – Microsoft puts little blame on its Windows update after UNSUPPORTED PROCESSOR BSOD bug:

    BleepingComputer – Microsoft blames ‘unsupported processor’ blue screens on OEM vendors:

  11. Leonard Britvolli said on August 30, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    While there may be changes or updates to the Windows 10 Store for Business and Education in the future, it is premature to conclude that it will be discontinued based solely on rumors.

  12. sembrador said on September 5, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    My advice, I left win 15 years ago. Now I’m a happy linux user (linuxmint) but there is Centos, Fedora, Ubuntu depending on your needs.

  13. EP said on September 6, 2023 at 11:55 am

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released new BIOS/firmware updates for their Intel 600 & 700 series motherboards to fix the “UNSUPPORTED_PROCESSOR” problem (Sept. 6):–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–caused-BSOD-on-MSI-s-Intel-700-and-600-Series-Motherboards-142277

  14. Raphael Benzo said on September 24, 2023 at 9:52 pm

    I try to disable the Diagnostics Tracking Service (Connected Devices Platform User Services) but it wont let me disable it, any help will be greatly appreciated.
    Tank you for your help

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