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Download Microsoft Store Without Account

One of the novelties that Windows 8 introduced, and that was standardized with Windows 10, was the Microsoft Store. This application store wants to become a kind of App Store similar to that of macOS, Android or iOS, a place from which users can download, buy and update all kinds of apps and games for the operating system without having to navigate through other websites. The Microsoft Store is fine, it’s fast and convenient, but it’s too dependent on Microsoft. And sometimes you have connection problems. And, although it is not official, there is an alternative that allows us to download the apps from this store without having to depend on it.

With the help of the online Microsoft Store, an URL converter, and a little bit of PowerShell you can install any app on your computer without the store. Install Microsoft ToDo without Store. We are going to use the Microsoft ToDo app as an example of how you can download and install apps without the store, but you can use this for any app of. Dell Touchpad Settings WITHOUT Microsoft Store. In our corporate environement, we disallow access to the Microsoft Store. However, Dell for some idiotic reason, has decided to only make their Touchpad configuration software ('Dell Touchpad Assistnat') available on the Microsoft Store instead of an application download from their website.

The developers of adguard are known for having already created other programs that allow us to evade Microsoft platforms and directly access downloads. For example, they have a tool to download the official Windows and Office ISOs, both final and Insider. And, also the platform that we are going to talk about on this occasion that allows us to download any app or game for free without having to go through the store.

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  • Adguard: how to download from the Microsoft Store without going through the store

Adguard: how to download from the Microsoft Store without going through the store

What it does, broadly speaking, Adguard is current as a proxy. Instead of making us go through the Microsoft Store, and having to log into the store with a Microsoft account, it allows us to download apps and games directly from the company’s servers. In this way we will skip the Microsoft gateway.

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The first thing to do is get the URL of the app or game that we are going to download. To do this, we simply look for the app on the Microsoft Store website and look at the URL. The store addresses are made up of the address itself and a series of parameters. We copy it clean. It should look similar to the following.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/whatsapp-desktop/9nksqgp7f2nh

In case you want to download any game, the process is exactly the same. Once we have the address copied to the clipboard, we go from here to the adguard store. As we will see, the web is very simple.

Download Microsoft Store Without Account

What stands out about this page is the box to enter the URL . We can enter the address of the store, as we copied it in the previous step, or we can pass it a product ID, category or package name. We can also choose the version we want to download, with Retail being the stable version, and the others coinciding with the Insider branches (Release Preview, Fast and Slow).

We paste the URL in the box, choose “Retail” and click on the button on the right. The web will carry out some checks and will show us a list with all the elements that are part of this app.

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We will be able to see both the original packages and the signature and all the dependencies. The packages that interest us are the AppxBundle and / or EAppxBundle, since they are the ones that contain the application. If we need a library or framework, Windows 10 itself will download it automatically. Along with each download we have a SHA1 code that will allow us to verify that the program has been downloaded correctly.

Download Microsoft Store Without Account

We click on the download that we want to download (his is to look for the newest version, for 64 bits) and the download will begin. As we can see, the file is downloaded directly from Microsoft’s servers.

Install

In order to install these apps downloaded from the adguard website, the first thing we must do is have the developer mode activated in Windows 10. If we do not have it, we will explain how to activate it later.

With this activated, we will simply run the “appx” file that we just downloaded and we will see a window like the one below, with the Windows UWP installer .

Download Microsoft Store Apps Without Account

We can see the origin of the file (in our case, the Microsoft store), who has published it, the version and the permissions that the program needs. We can also choose if we want it to run automatically when it’s ready.

We click on “Install” and that’s it. Windows 10 will take care of installing this UWP on the PC, along with its possible dependencies. When it’s over, we can run it.

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Turn on developer mode in Windows 10 for apps outside of the Microsoft Store

In order to install apps from the Microsoft Store from outside the store (as is this case), we must enable programmer mode in Windows 10. This is the one that will allow us, among other things, to execute appx packages that are not digitally signed.

To do this, what we must do is open the Windows 10 Settings menu, and go to the “Update and security” section. Here we will move to the ” For programmers ” section, and activate the “Programmer mode” box.

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What this box allows us is to install and run any package in Windows 10 without taking into account its origin or digital signature. Essential for what we have explained in this article.

Once this option is activated, we restart the computer and that’s it. We should no longer have problems installing or running any UWP app on our PC.

Download paid apps for free? Yes but no

This website will allow us to bypass the Microsoft Store payment systems and download any payment app, or game, to our PC. And even using the techniques that we have just seen, we will also be able to install it on the PC. However, that doesn’t mean we can play it.

The Microsoft Store has a DRM system that will force us to validate online payment applications before being able to run them on the PC. Therefore, even if we download it in this way, if we do not connect with a Microsoft Account, we will not be able to run these programs.

With Windows 8, Microsoft added its own app store. Now, in Windows 10, it doesn’t totally suck. The one downside is that installing apps will try to force your Windows account into a Microsoft account. If you’d prefer to use a local account, but still download apps from the Store, follow these steps.

As you may already know, Windows 10 (as well as Windows 8) allow you to log in with a valid Microsoft account, instead of creating a local account that only works on your machine. However, you may prefer to keep a local account for privacy reasons. If you do, though, some Windows 10 features — like Cortana — may not work. Despite the default behaviour, the Windows 10 Store is not one of them. You can still log in to your Microsoft account for just the Store without switching to a full Microsoft account. The process, however, is not terribly obvious. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Store from your Start menu.
  2. Click the user icon next to the search box.
  3. Click “Sign-in” from the menu that appears.
  4. Choose “Microsoft account” and log in like normal.
  5. When the “Make it yours” box appears, do not enter your password. Instead, click “Sign in to just this app instead.”

You may miss this option entirely if you attempt to install apps directly without signing in first. While it can be prevented by reading carefully, it’s also easy to miss. If you’re using a Microsoft account tied directly to Windows, this obviously wouldn’t be a problem anyway. However, installing Store apps requires a Microsoft login. This way, you don’t have to tie that login to your entire machine.

How To Install Store Apps Without Switching To Microsoft Account In Windows 10 [Into Windows]