Change Windows 8 Store Region to Access Unavailable Apps

Windows 8 Store

Almost all the app stores have some

country-restricted apps

which are available to a user only when they browse from a specific country, which is usually United States, and

Windows store

is no different. Currently there are a lot of apps in Windows Store which are only available to the US user. Today we will see how we can view and install such apps on our Windows 8 devices by accessing the US version of the store.

Usually we would have used a VPN service to change the computer IP address to US but that doesn’t work with Windows 8 Store. Instead, we will change the default location (geographical) of Windows 8 and disable location detection service in both modern and traditional settings. Usually this location is set when user installs Windows 8. But, as we are going to see, there’s a way to change that even after Windows is installed.

Changing Windows 8 Location Details

Step 1: First of all, we need to disable location access of Windows Modern apps. To do that, open Windows 8 Start Screen and look for Location under Settings tab. Click on the result Allow apps to use my location and toggle it from on to off.

Location Service

Step 2: Having done that, open the Control Panel from Computer. If you are viewing the Control Panel under Category view then change it to Icon view.

Control Panel

Step 3: Click on the Location Settings and turn off the Windows location platform along with GPS service. This will make sure that none of the apps will use your device GPS (while working on tablets) for location awareness.

Change Location

Step 4: After completely disabling Windows location service, navigate to Control Panel again and click on Region settings.

Windows Region

Step 5: In Region settings navigate to Location tab and change the Home Location to United States. Windows will not make any checks before changing the location and once you have done that, you will be provided with some additional content on many different apps.

Home Location United States

When I changed the my location to the United States, the all app search results in Windows 8 Store returned around 600 additional apps, which never showed up previously while browsing the app store as an Indian user. You can also use your credit or debit card to purchase some of the paid apps that are country-restricted. Once you have purchased the app, it will be available

Cool Tip: If you are an Android user, have a look at our guide on how  to install Spotify and other such region-limited apps on your device.

Hopefully the above workaround will get you access to many other useful Windows 8 apps.

Last updated on 03 February, 2022

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