No, the Microsoft Store is not equipped with seemingly endless apps like the Apple Store, but it is getting better with some good apps to use with Windows 10. Here is how to find those apps and update them in your Microsoft Store.
Whether the apps installed on your computer are updated automatically or not, it is important to know how to update your apps manually too. Windows 10 makes this very easy to do.
Go ahead and click your Start button in the lower-left corner of your desktop and click “All apps.” Scroll down until you see Store and then click it to open. If you want to have easier access to the Store, right-click “Store” in the menu and then click “Pin to Start.” You can also hover over “More” and then you can click “Pin to taskbar.” You can put them in both places if you prefer.
Near the top left, you’ll see in the file menu, “Home,” “Apps,” “Games,” “Music” and “Movies & TV.” You can browse through these categories to see if anything sparks an interest or you can use the search bar at the top-right. Go ahead and type in “Facebook.” In the results, you’ll see the familiar icon for Facebook and this is the main app if you want to use it instead of going through your Facebook link in Internet Explorer. Both ways do the same thing, but the interface differs a little between the two. This is just one example of so many.
Take a look just to the left of the search bar and you’ll see a small circle with a picture in it. If you have uploaded a picture for your profile, it will be displayed in the small circle. Click the circle and then click “Downloads and updates.” To the right, click the “Check for updates” button and it will begin to search your system and the Store to see if there are any updates available. If there are, you can select the ones you want to update or you can just allow all of them to update by clicking “Update all” to the right.
Once your apps have finished installing the updates (it will state “Completed”), click the circle again and then click “Settings.”
In the settings, you can allow your apps to update automatically, which I recommend, and you can also turn on the live tiles to show information on them as you view your Start screen, which can be helpful.
For purchases, you can “Streamline” the process. Turn on the option and a box will appear asking you for your password to your Microsoft account. If you turn on this feature, you will not be asked for your password when making purchases in the future and this can result in unauthorized purchases. If others have access to your computer, it’s probably best not to enable this feature. Click the link just below to get more information.
Once you make your choices, you can close your Store by clicking the “X” in the upper-right corner.
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