How to download Windows 8 apps from Microsoft Windows store?

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Microsoft official Windows 8 applications store hosts tons of free and paid apps for their latest operating system Windows 8. Microsoft allows users to download apps from their Windows 8 store like the way Android phone users download apps from Google Play store. As you must be aware that Microsoft has released a special version of latest Window 8 operation system called Windows 8 RT (Windows on ARM) especially for tablets run on ARM processors. Tablets running Windows 8 RT version cannot download & install applications from any other source except from Microsoft Windows Store. This write up will guide how to download Windows 8 apps from Microsoft Windows store.

What actually is Microsoft Windows store?

Microsoft Windows store hosts nearly 15000 + free or paid apps compatible only for Windows 8 operating system. You need to have an account with Microsoft to download and install any apps from Windows store. You can download free apps from Windows store after log in to your Microsoft account and in case of paid apps you need Credit card or PayPal account for payment. As said earlier Microsoft Windows store hosts only Windows 8 compatible apps thus you won't be able to access Windows store from other operating systems other than Windows 8.

How to register for Microsoft account?

You can sign up for a Microsoft account on this link ( In Microsoft account name you can use your existing Gmail ID or Yahoo email ID or in case you don't have one then you can create a new e-mail ID by clicking the link "Or get a new email address" below the Microsoft account name box. Complete the requisite details and click the "I accept" button to complete the registration process.
Note: In case you have an ID for using Hotmail, SkyDrive, Xbox LIVE account or have a Windows Phone then you don't need to create a Microsoft account as you can use this ID for log in to Windows store.

How to download and install Windows 8 apps from Windows store?

After creating an account with Microsoft site, visit the store from your system and navigate to the app you want to download. Click on install button and it will prompt you to key in your Microsoft account ID and password and then download and installation begins. This procedure is applicable for free apps.

How to download Windows 8 apps from Microsoft Windows store?

In case you want to download paid app from Windows store then you have to first add your payment method to your account. To add a payment method, open Windows Store on your system and click Windows and I keys on keyboard to open settings tab. Now click on "Your account" link and then Add payment method button to complete the process.

How to download Windows 8 apps from Microsoft Windows store?

On the next screen, you will be presented with two options 1) Credit Card 2) PayPal. Choose the desired method and fill in the requisite details and click submit button. Note: In some countries, like India, PayPal option is not available.
Note: You can install free or paid apps only on five systems with a single Microsoft ID.

How to log in to Windows store using another Microsoft ID?

Here is the procedure to sign into Windows store using another Microsoft ID
- Open up Windows store on your system by clicking Store tile from Start menu
- Move your mouse cursor to top right side of Windows to open the charm bar and click on settings tab
How to download Windows 8 apps from Microsoft Windows store?
- Or you can directly open settings tab pressing Windows button and I key
- Now click on Your account link
How to download Windows 8 apps from Microsoft Windows store?
- It will take you to next screen where you see the ID from which your currently logged into Windows store, click on sign out button
How to download Windows 8 apps from Microsoft Windows store?
- Now click on sign in button to log in with another ID

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