Windows 10 Store Error 0x80072F8F When Trying to Download Apps

I've been having problems trying to download apps from the Windows Store. I upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 8 a while back. Now every time I try to download an app, I get Error 0x80072F8F. Everywhere I look, it says this error is from either incorrect date and time, or that I need to clear the Windows Store cache. I've checked date and time and time zone and they're all correct. I've tried turning off the automatic date/time update, restarting, and trying the Windows Store again, to no avail. I've cleared the Windows Store cache and tried restarting, then tried the Store again-- also no dice. Does anyone have any other ideas how to solve this problem?
 

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Last updated February 19, 2019 Views 13,900 Applies to:

Hi Ama,

Thank you for posting your query on Microsoft Community.

I understand that you are facing issues with using Windows Store on Windows 10. I apologize for the inconvenience caused to you.

The issue could occur if the PC’s date and time are incorrect, or Windows is having trouble connecting to the online activation service and can't verify your product key.

To assist you better, please provide the information:

1. Are you getting any error message?

2. Have you made any changes to the Computer prior to the issue? 

3.Have you checked whether Windows 10 is activated or not?

I suggest you to refer to the below Microsoft Help Article and check if it helps.

Refer to the section: A security error occurred. (Error code: 0x80072F8F)

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/activation-errors-windows-10

Also try to run Windows Store apps troubleshooter from the below Microsoft Help Article and check if it helps.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/run-the-troubleshooter-for-windows-apps

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Hi Nyima, 

Thank you for your prompt reply. In answer to your questions, 

1. The only error message I get is "Try that again"

2. I haven't changed the computer, as far as I know. I'm using a laptop, so no new hardware or anything. This is the first time I've tried to use the Windows Store. 

3. Windows 10 is activated. 

Continuing on to your other suggestions:

"I suggest you to refer to the below Microsoft Help Article and check if it helps.

Refer to the section: A security error occurred. (Error code: 0x80072F8F)

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/activation-errors-windows-10 "

The date and time are correct, as is the time zone. The Network Troubleshooter didn't find any problems. A restart didn't solve the problem.

"Also try to run Windows Store apps troubleshooter from the below Microsoft Help Article and check if it helps.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/run-the-troubleshooter-for-windows-apps "

The Windows Store apps troubleshooter from the above link provided me with this all-clear:

Are there any other methods for solving this issue? I'd like to use the apps in the Windows Store but none of them will download-- after trying to download 5 different apps, I always get the same Error 0x80072F8F message.

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Hi Ama,

Thank you for your response with the current status of the issue.

To assist you better, please provide the information:

1. Have you logged in as Microsoft Account?

2. Are you facing any issues while using default apps on Windows 10? 

I suggest you to perform the below PowerShell command and check if it helps.

1. Right click on Start Menu.

2. Click on Command Prompt (Admin).

3. Then type the below command and hit on Enter Key

PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Command "& {$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore).InstallLocation + '\AppxManifest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest}"

Note: The below command is a one whole command and do not run the command separately.

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Hi Nymia, 

Thank you again for your reply. In answer to your questions, 

1. Yes, the Windows Store show(ed) that I was logged in to my Microsoft Account. It even showed that I owned Kindle (one of the apps I was trying to download) but that it just wasn't installed on this machine. Seeing as I hadn't tried to get it from the store on any other machine, some message must have gone through the system somehow that I was trying to get that app. 

2. All the other default Windows 10 apps I've tried to use have worked fine. The problem only seems to be when I try to get a new one. 

I tried to use the PowerShell command you gave me above. After the first try, the Windows Store opened with a blank blue dialog box with @{Microsoft.WindowsStore_2015.25.5.0_x64_8wekyb3d8 at the top where the program name line is. After restarting my computer twice and trying to update Windows to see if that was the problem, the same blank dialog box showed up when trying to open the Windows Store. So I tried the command you gave me a second time, and this time it gave me an error in PowerShell:

I tried to follow the onscreen instructions for additional information, but the event log isn't showing such an event, at least as far as I can find. And when I tried its suggested command line for more information, I got the error that: 'Get-AppxLog' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file

So it seems I'm stuck, partly because I don't know enough about the Windows 10 system or programming to do anything more at the moment.

And now the Windows Store won't open at all. It just creates errors in the event viewer with the error code -2147023170

Any further help would be much appreciated.

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Does anyone have any further ideas? I've tried checking, and now it doesn't even show that the Windows Store is installed on my system. And I can't seem to make it re-install or re-download the store, either...

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Well I downloaded a copy of Windows 10 from the Microsoft website and put it on a flash drive, then reformatted my hard drive and reinstalled Windows. So far, this seems to have resolved the problem. At least, now my Windows Store is working.

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Hi Ama,

 

Thank you for your response with the current status of the issue. Sorry for the late reply.

Glad to know that you are able to resolve the issues after reinstalling Windows 10. Appreciate your efforts. 

Thank you for sharing  your valuable information regarding the issue. It might help other community members in resolving similar issues. 

 

Let us know if you need any further assistance on Windows related issues and we will be glad to help. 

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Have you checked to see if you have pending updates that need a reboot?  I had similar issues with the same error message and come to find that there was a Windows Update that's pending a reboot.  After the reboot and the updates applied, the app that was having issues installed fine.  Hope this helps.

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