Windows Store Client on server 2016

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    • #45081

      I have been making attempts to get the Windows Store from Win10 working on Server 2016, but have hit a wall in getting it going. Been running the powershell commands to work with it. While I know there may be strong opinions against it, that is not the point of this. For me it’s about being able to use server 2016 as a workstation with the app store if possible (I do have a couple of essential apps I do actually use from the app store)

      This would be a wish list item. Ideally if someone else with more knowledge could get it working, or already has that would be great!

    • #61282

      Ok made some progress. I was able to get the store and other default apps installed, but still not working. They do open up and immediately crash out.

      Steps to get where I got:

      1. Pulled the preloaded apps from Windows 10 WIM extracted using 7zip to get only the files from the WIM in Program FilesWindowsApps

      2.Dropped the files into C:Program FilesWindowsApps

      3. Once in that folder I ran in powershell (Run as Admin):

      Add-AppxPackage -register "C:Program FilesWindowsApps*AppXmanifest.xml" -DisableDevelopmentMode

      **Had to run step 3 5x times to make sure all of the packages installed. Apparently some depend on others and don’t install correctly the first couple of times.

      4.Then ran

      Get-AppxPackage -allusers | foreach {Add-AppxPackage -register "C:Program FilesWindowsApps*appxmanifest.xml" -DisableDevelopmentMode} 

      A this point I am stuck. The metro Apps start then immediately exit.

    • #61283

      Hello atteres, I don’t know if this works because I haven’t tried it, only read it in passing on another forum and lost track — but what I read said that you could only get the Store to work on Server 2016 with a user account, not an administrative account… You may already be using a user account, and this may be a dead end. If not create one and give it a try… Generally this sort of thing comes down to versioning and/or permissions — just like my Optional Features wish list item; it’s rare that it ‘can’t be done‘, and is more typically ‘I don’t know how‘. halladayrules can probably get to the bottom of both of these in a glance, but I suspect he’s busy…

    • #61284

      Unfortunately halladayrules is not active here anymore.
      Last time i heard from him he was very busy with his new job…. 😉

    • #61285

      1. First for Administrator account you need :

      2. After it’s possible to instal Windows Store via PowerShell :
      Required files (from Windows 10 ) :

      you also need these xml files from

      Only WindowsStore AppxBundle is mandatory,
      other three are optional but recommended to get the complete Store Apps support

      Be sure to download v1.3 of Microsoft.NET.Native.Runtime


      3. Change the owner of the folder C:Program FilesWindowsApps (TrustedInstaller to Administrators) and add the following new permission to = C:Program FilesWindowsApps

      Permission: Full Access
      Be sure TrustedInstaller and System also both have FULL Access as well.
      Be sure you have permissions to inherent.

      4. After in PowerSell (Admin) :
      Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.VCLibs.120.00_12.0.21005.1_x86__8wekyb3d8bbweAppxManifest.xml”
      Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.VCLibs.140.00_14.0.24123.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbweAppxManifest.xml”
      Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.VCLibs.140.00_14.0.24123.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbweAppxManifest.xml”
      Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.NET.Native.Framework.1.2_1.2.23231.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbweAppxManifest.xml”
      Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.NET.Native.Framework.1.2_1.2.23231.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbweAppxManifest.xml”
      Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.NET.Native.Framework.1.3_1.3.24201.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbweAppxManifest.xml”
      Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.NET.Native.Framework.1.3_1.3.24201.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbweAppxManifest.xml”
      Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.NET.Native.Runtime.1.1_1.1.23406.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbweAppxManifest.xml”
      Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.NET.Native.Runtime.1.1_1.1.23406.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbweAppxManifest.xml”
      Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.NET.Native.Runtime.1.3_1.3.23901.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbweAppxManifest.xml”
      Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.NET.Native.Runtime.1.3_1.3.23901.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbweAppxManifest.xml”
      Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.NET.Native.Runtime.1.4_1.4.24201.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbweAppxManifest.xml”
      Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.NET.Native.Runtime.1.4_1.4.24201.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbweAppxManifest.xml”
      Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.WindowsStore_11610.1001.10.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbweAppxManifest.xml”
      Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.StorePurchaseApp_11608.1000.2431.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbweAppxManifest.xml”
      Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.DesktopAppInstaller_1.0.2181.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbweAppxManifest.xml”

      After that Windows Store launches … BUT no Apps install … no solutions !

      But you can install Windows 10 Apps by power shell …
      I have tested working :
      Word Mobile
      Excel Mobile
      Powerpoint Mobile

      But Games not working :
      Asphalt 8: Airborne
      Microsoft Solitaire Collection

    • #61286

      Well, it seems the most valuable things you can install will work; Edge, and WSL — so that’s a good thing…

      Why Microsoft wouldn’t make installing WSL on the Server OS where things like SSH and access to *NIX is especially valuable a bit easier is difficult to fathom…

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