How to Fix Microsoft App Store Error 0x800704EC in Windows 10?

Facing Microsoft Windows App Store Error Code 0x800704EC on PC? Here are the Best Solutions to Fix 'The Store App is Blocked' Error Issue on Windows 10

Microsoft is slowly taking the Apple path in terms of app/software support. Apple never allowed (officially) users to install third-party applications that are not in the Apple App Store. This helps the system as well as the users to stay safe from harmful malware as Apple manually reviews every app which is being added to the store.

Now, Windows is also slowly taking the same path in its Windows 10X edition. Microsoft is thinking of blocking the installation of any app from third-party websites. In a couple of years, there will only be a single source of apps, i.e., Microsoft Store.

Microsoft introduced the App Store with Windows 8. At that time it was a bit skeptical to use the store, but as time passed, Microsoft improved the experience as well as users also trying to use the alternative.

In this article, we are going to discuss the ‘app store is blocked’ error in Windows 10. This error basically arises in those systems with either Windows 10 Education or Enterprise. As the system admin blocks access to the app store so that any student or employee doesn’t install any application other than the required ones.

The error will look like;

The Store App is Blocked Windows Microsoft

The Store app is blocked
Check with your IT or system administrator.
The error code is 0x800704EC, in case you need it.

How to Fix Store App is Block in Windows 10?

Here are Simple Solutions to fix Microsoft App Store Blocked Error on your Windows PC

Clear/Reset Store App Cache/Data

The first method is to clear the app store cache and check whether it is working or not. For clearing the cache of any app/software, we have two different options in Windows 10. Follow them carefully to do so,

Method 1: Using RUN Command

Open Run windows by either tapping the combination keys (i.e., Win Key + R) or by going to Start Menu -> Windows System -> Run.

Start Menu -> Windows System -> Run

By using either of the options, a Run window will appear like this.

a Run window will appear

Now, type wsreset.exe in the text box and hit enter to execute the command.

wsreset.exe

In a couple of moments, a temporary window will appear with a cache clear message and then the Microsoft Store will open.

temporary window

Method 2: Via Windows Settings

Open the Setting app from the Start menu.

Windows Settings

Then go to the Apps section.

Then go to the Apps section

Now, when you are in the Apps & Features column, on your right side, there will be a list of all your installed apps, scroll down till you find the Microsoft Store app.

find the Microsoft Store app

Click on the Microsoft Store label, and then click Advanced Settings.

click Advanced Settings

Now, scroll down till you see the Reset button. Press the button, in a couple of seconds, the system will wipe Store App data.

Reset button

Run Store App Troubleshooter

Windows 10 by default provides a troubleshooting solution in case you ever face any issue with the pre-installed Windows settings. In this method, we are going to run the Store App Troubleshooter to solve the issue.

Open the Setting app from the Start menu.

Windows Settings

And then navigate to the Update & Security section.

navigate to the Update & Security section

Then, tap on the Troubleshoot and then Additional Troubleshooters.

Additional Troubleshooters

Now, scroll down till you find Windows Store Apps,

Finally, click on the Windows Store Apps and then click on the Run the troubleshooter button.

click on the Run the troubleshooter button

Enable Store Using GPEditor (Group Policy Editor)

GPEditor or Group Policy Editor is only available for Windows 10 Pro and above, so if you have Windows 10 Home edition, then follow this trick to enable GPedit in your Home edition and then follow the below steps.

Open Run windows by either tapping the combination keys (i.e., Win Key + R) or by going to Start Menu -> Windows System -> Run.

Start Menu -> Windows System -> Run

By using either of the options, a Run window will appear like this.

a Run window will appear

Now, type gpedit.msc in the text box and hit enter to execute the command.

Now, after opening the Group Policy Editor, navigate to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Store

Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Store

Now, look for the Turn Off the Store application policy.

Turn Off the Store application

Click on the policy, and then click on the Edit policy setting label.

Edit policy setting label

Now, if the setting says ‘Enabled‘ then either select Not Configured or Disabled and then hit Apply button and save the data.

either select Not Configured or Disabled

Re-register Store via PowerShell

By using this method, we are going to edit and re-register the Microsoft Store via PowerShell so that the Windows system thinks that it is a new system.

Open PowerShell in administrator mode.

And then copy-paste the below command and hit enter to execute it.

Get-AppXPackage -Name Microsoft.WindowsStore | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose}

Wait for a couple of seconds to execute the command. After the successful execution, restart your Windows and then try to open Microsoft Store.

By Performing Registry Tweak

This is the last method we are going to try to solve the problem we are facing with the Microsoft Store. In this method, we are going to use the registry editor to modify the blockage. Make sure to follow the below steps exactly so that you don’t gather one more problem by following the wrong steps.

Open Run windows by either tapping the combination keys (i.e., Win Key + R) or by going to Start Menu -> Windows System -> Run.

Start Menu -> Windows System -> Run

By using either of the options, a Run window will appear like this.

a Run window will appear

Now, type regedit in the text box and hit enter to execute the command.

After the execution, if the system prompts the UAC (User Access Control), then simply allow it by clicking the Yes button.

User Access Control

After open registry editor, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Policies -> Microsoft.

Now, in the empty space, right-click and then click on the New -> Key and give the name WindowsStore

click on the New -> Key and give the name WindowsStore

Now, you will see the WindowsStore Key under the Microsoft section, click on it.

Again, right-click on the empty space and then click New -> DWORD (32-bit) value and give it the name RemoveWindowsStore.

click New -> DWORD (32-bit) value and give it the name RemoveWindowsStore

Now, right-click on the RemoveWindowsStore value and tap on the Modify button.

RemoveWindowsStore value and tap on the modify button

Finally, set the Value to 0 and click on OK, to save the data.

set the value to 0 and click on OK

Conclusion: Fix Microsoft App Store Error on your Windows PC with this detailed solutions guide to bypass restriction and fix 0x800704EC error code on PC.

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Shekhar Vaidya is a Blogger, a Web Developer, a CSE UG and a learner who’s learning about CS and programming. Being an introvert, he loves to write tech content instead of discussing it with others in an open stage. If he isn't writing about tech or programming then most probably you will find him sleeping.

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