The Microsoft Store in Windows 10 notifies you whenever it finishes applying an automatic update to an app or a service. While these notifications are often annoying to deal with, they do serve an important purpose. Thanks to them, you know that automatic updates are running without a hitch. But what if you don't receive these notifications anymore?
There are multiple reasons as to why the Microsoft Store may fail to push out update notifications. You may've unknowingly blocked notifications for the Microsoft Store, which is rather easy to fix. Or, it could indicate a problem with the Microsoft Store's automatic update functionality in general; that could take some tinkering.
Let's go through the fixes that can help you solve the Microsoft Store update notifications not showing issue on your Windows 10 computer.
Note: Since you only receive update notifications after the Microsoft Store finishes applying automatic updates, you may want to bookmark this post and try out each fix over several days.
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Enable Microsoft Store Notifications
First up, ensure that the Microsoft Store is configured to deliver update notifications on your Windows 10 PC. Go to Start menu > Settings > System > Notifications & Actions. Then, scroll down to the 'Get notifications from these senders' section and turn on the switch next to Microsoft Store, if disabled.
That should prompt the Microsoft Store to send out notifications whenever it finishes performing an automatic update in the background from now onward.
Enable Automatic App Updates
Next, check if the Microsoft Store is configured to update apps automatically. For obvious reasons, you will not see any update notifications otherwise.
Head into the Microsoft Store, and then click the More icon (three dots) to the window's upper-right corner. Follow by clicking Settings.
Underneath the App Updates section, turn on the switch next to Update Apps Automatically, if disabled.
The Microsoft Store should then send you notifications whenever it performs an update to an app or a service.
Open the Start menu, and then go to Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot. Then, click Additional Troubleshooters to the bottom of the screen.
On the screen that follows, click Windows Store Apps, and then click Run the Troubleshooter.
Follow any on-screen prompts to patch issues with the Microsoft Store.
Enable Background Permissions
The Microsoft Store should have the permissions required to run in the background on your PC. That often isn't an issue since these permissions are provided by default. But it's always worth double-checking.
Open the Start menu. Then, select Settings > Privacy > Background Apps. Under the 'Choose which apps can run in the background' section, turn on the switch next to Microsoft Store, if disabled.
Reset Microsoft Store
Try resetting the Microsoft Store. Right-click the Start menu, select Apps & Features, and pick Microsoft Store from the list underneath Apps & Features. Then, click Advanced Options.
Scroll down and click Reset underneath the Reset section. Click Reset again to confirm.
Launch the Microsoft Store afterward, and then sign in if prompted. Follow by checking your notification and auto-update settings to ensure that everything looks good.
Clear Microsoft Store Cache
If resetting the Microsoft Store didn't resolve the issue, try clearing its cache. That should flush out any redundant data preventing the Microsoft Store from applying updates automatically. To do that, type wsreset into the Start menu, and then click Open.
You will see a blank Command Prompt window show up on the screen—wait for it to finish clearing the Microsoft Store cache.
You should then see the Microsoft Store launch automatically. If prompted, sign in to the app. That should resolve any issues with notifications or auto-updates for good.
Re-Register Microsoft Store
You can also try re-registering the Microsoft Store. Right-click the Start button and select Windows PowerShell.
Once you are done, restart your computer, launch the Microsoft Store, and then sign into it if prompted.
Update Windows 10
Have you updated your computer in a while? If you haven't, consider doing that now. The latest updates often carry bugs fixes for various issues, so updating to the latest version of Windows 10 may very well help resolve any issues related to the Microsoft Store for good.
To do that, head into Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. Then, click the button labeled Get Updates. If you see any updates listed, click Update.
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So, did the fixes above help you fix the Microsoft Store notifications not showing up issue? Hopefully, they did. The couple of the tips at the very top should work for most of you out there, but if not, any of the other fixes should get the Microsoft Store back on track, especially if issues with auto-updating are the source of the issue.
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