Simply Install Apps And Games In Windows 8

Christian Cawley 28-03-2012

installing apps on windows 8One of the key benefits of the new Windows 8 Consumer Preview is the addition of the Windows 8 Store, absent from the previous Windows 8 Developer Preview.


With the Store present, users can easily find, automatically download and install apps without the old-fashioned process of downloading, checking for viruses, running the installer software and checking all of the steps in the installation getting in the way.

Although there is still the option to install apps and games using the traditional method, this new tool streamlines the process, allowing quick access to software on-demand much in the same way as you might install apps on a mobile device.

The Store

Access to the Store can be achieved by clicking the “shopping bag” tile on the Windows 8 Start screen. If the tile isn’t visible, right-click and select All Apps, then right-click Store to Pin it to the Start screen; this process is repeated whenever you wish to pin or unpin any tile.

installing apps on windows 8

Return to the Start screen (click the back button, press the Windows button on your keyboard or tap the lower-left corner of the display) and launch the Store. Note that an Internet connection is required for using this feature.


With the Store launched you can freely browse and install apps. If an app is free then you will be able to download without a problem, as long as you have a Windows Live account associated. Some apps require payment, so you will need to have a credit card associated with your Windows Live account to achieve this.

how to install apps on windows 8

There are a couple of things you should check when looking at apps:

  • First, read the Overview to get an idea of what the app is for.
  • Second, take a look at the screen shots.
  • Third, read the Details screen to check if your device is suitable for this app. For instance, if you have an ARM-based tablet, you should check this screen to ensure the app is compatible.
  • Fourth, read the app reviews – it is always worth spending a few moments to find out if the app is fit for purpose, based on the feedback from other users.



Installing Software in Windows 8 Consumer Preview

I’m particularly interested in staying up-to-date with news in several subjects, and fortunately there are plenty of news apps to choose from in the Windows 8 Store.

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Listed under the News & Weather > News category is USA Today. After I made the checks described in the four steps above, I clicked the Install button.

After this step, you can sit back and relax. Depending on the size of the app you will be sent straight back to the Store screen or you can watch the progress of the app’s download and installation.


Return to the Start screen to launch the app, and enjoy!

Removing Apps Installed from the Store

As easy as it is to add a new app from the Windows 8 Store, uninstalling them is even simpler.

how to install apps on windows 8

Removing apps is a simple case of finding them in the Start screen or the All Apps screen, right-clicking and selecting Uninstall. The process of uninstallation is automated, just like installation, so you shouldn’t need to engage in any additional steps as you would with a traditional, MSI or EXE-based installation procedure.


Note that if all you want to do is unpin an app from the Start screen then you should simply right-click and select Unpin from Start.

The Traditional Solution

You may be relieved to know that it is still possible to install and uninstall software from storage media and downloaded from websites and digital distribution sites.

installing apps on windows 8

When a CD or DVD is inserted, Windows 8 will ask you how you wish to proceed. Switching to the Desktop view (the first tile on the second row on the Start screen) you can choose to view the contents of the disc or run it. Should you choose to run the disc, assuming that it is used for installing software then you can proceed as usual.

To remove applications installed in this way the quickest option is to press Windows + R and type “control panel” (without quotes) in order to access the Programs and Features screen and use the Uninstall option.

Windows 8: Ready for Software!

As you can see, the Windows 8 operating system is ready for you to configure it with your favorite software.

With a choice of different ways of installing apps on Windows 8, the inclusion of a mobile app-style store is obviously a concession to users who have been impressed by the similar feature in the recent versions of Mac OS X. In addition to the touch-screen optimized tile-based UI, this pushes Windows 8 into a future-facing dynamic, but fortunately the traditional Desktop remains, much as the old MS-DOS option remained in Windows 95.

Times have changed, however; installing software with a single click is convenient, fast and satisfying.

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  1. mohammed
    May 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    hi i lost store icon from metro style suddenly how i can install it or recover it again ?

    • Murali
      August 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      I installed windows 8 and i was quiet satisfied with smoothness of the software.But personally as i installed on desktop i felt like Pls stay away from it.Its crappy navigation with mouse and start menu and iam sick of seeing all garbage of programs like uninstalls and useless material on metro interface.You will love this for a week and u will again change it to windows 7 for sure.i cannot see a recovery to earlier time on windows 8...Do any body .Desktop users windows 7 is best option.

  2. Erik Martinez Hernandez
    April 3, 2012 at 5:22 am

    i remove or unistall apps, messagin, mail, peoaple, now i want return, but i do not know return this apps, helpme, what i need return this apps in my Windows 8

  3. Chris Hoffman
    March 29, 2012 at 1:22 am

    This will only work with Metro apps, of course.

    Such a huge disappointment. I've been looking forward to a proper software management system on Windows since I first experienced a package manager on Linux.

    With the Mac app store and mobile device app stores, Windows desktop apps are going to be the only ecosystem stuck in the past.

    • Christian Cawley
      April 1, 2012 at 10:22 am

      Yes same here. Am I right i thinking that Microsoft have flirted with the idea in the past?

      Certainly the overpriced Games for Windows nonsense should have been incorporated into Windows 7 (complete with sensible prices)

    • Viktor Benei
      May 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Actually there are stores for Windows even for Win XP. A few example: AllMyApps, AppWhirr and Intel AppUp. Each with a slightly different concept.

      My only concern regarding Win8 store is that Microsoft/Windows app store is not optional. And it means: only those Metro apps which Microsoft accepts can be installed to Windows 8, and only with the terms Microsoft provides. It will prevent a huge amount of great opensource or simple free apps to appear in the store - and in any Windows 8 system.

      I always loved Windows for it's openness and that it allowed so many simple but powerful utility / tool apps like Oscar (subtitle searcher) or Launchy (quick launcher). These are the small missing peaces of Windows what made it the perfect productivity system (at least for me) - these little utility apps.

      I love Windows 7, and I love the enhancements in Windows 8 (tried both the Developer and the Consumer previews) but I don't like the new restrictions.

      • Chris Hoffman
        May 7, 2012 at 4:35 am

        I agree completely. Windows 8 Metro is embracing the locked down environment of iOS, where only Microsoft/Apple can decide what runs on their devices. It's very sad and dissapointing.

        What's worse, WIndows on ARM only supports third-party metro apps -- so you can only install Microsoft approved apps on ARM tablets.

        I was worried about Apple extending iOS-style restrictions into OS X, but Microsoft has beat them to it with Windows. Mac OS X will be more open than Windows 8. Maybe I should buy a Mac after all (or go back to Linux).

        Very, very disappointing. The proliferation of closed platforms is very upsetting to me.

        • Viktor Benei
          May 7, 2012 at 7:01 am

          Apple will start to lock down Mac OS X as well with the upcoming Mountain Lion's Gatekeeper ( ), but it won't be as locked as the Metro system. I don't understad why walled gardens are so popular (iOS, WP7), but I won't use a system with (anti competition) restrictions like these.

      • Christian Cawley
        May 7, 2012 at 6:12 am

        I was under the impression this was only the case with tablets? I can't see Microsoft locking out 3rd party and FOSS developers who have been producing games for x number of years.

        Additionally there are a fair few games that run in ways which Microsoft probably wouldn't like. And what about Steam?

      • Christian Cawley
        May 7, 2012 at 6:13 am

        I was under the impression this was only the case with tablets? I can't see Microsoft locking out 3rd party and FOSS developers who have been producing games for x number of years.

        Additionally there are a fair few games that run in ways which Microsoft probably wouldn't like. And what about Steam?

        I'm not convinced this is wholly accurate/clear

        • Viktor Benei
          May 7, 2012 at 7:47 am

          Microsoft stated many times that for Metro apps the only source will be the Microsoft/Windows app store. Only enterprise editions of Windows 8 will be able to side-load from other sources and that requires additional configuration as well.

          Of course as I wrote it before it applies only for Metro apps, but it applies for every Metro app! And Microsoft is very serious about that Metro is the future of Windows.

        • Christian Cawley
          May 7, 2012 at 6:49 pm

          Doesn't mean it will happen.

          I cannot see games developers going down the Metro app route. Microsoft might have a few of them on board, but it doesn't mean that all software for W8 on Intel/AMD machines is going to be Metro.

          I think you've either misinterpreted or misrepresented the situation.

          There is a massive - and I mean massive - amount of bespoke software out there running in corporations and govt organizations. They're not going to just hire someone to come in and reformat the presentation of the software to run under a new OS. M$ knows this.

          They're not going to drop the desktop view as there is a whole host of backwards compatible requirements that need to be addressed. Furthermore, certain applications like VB studio would be ridiculous in Metro.

        • Viktor Benei
          May 8, 2012 at 9:52 am

          That's completely true. I'm not concerned about the desktop, I'm concerned about the Metro surface which will be the only surface available on ARM processor based laptops+tablets. Microsoft tends to push Metro as the future of Windows and you get Metro apps only from the MS Windows store - and it means on ARM version os Windows 8 your only source of apps will be the their store! And I think it's a huge thread for every Windows developer especially in the long term. And of course you should never forget about that an OS is just as good as the apps you can get for it.