Access the Windows Store on Server 2012 R2 [How To]

Many features of Windows 8 are available in Windows Server 2012 R2. Follow the steps below to enable access to the Windows Store and related programs on a Windows Server 2012 R2 system.

How to Enable Windows Store on Server 2012 R2

Open Server Manager. Click Add Roles and Features.

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Click Next through the default options until you reach the Features pane. Here, scroll down to User Interfaces and Infrastructure, expand the list, and select Desktop Experience.

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A window will appear asking you to install additional features. Confirm by clicking Add Features. Then, proceed to the installation pane and click Install.

How to Access Windows Store on Server 2012 R2

After successfully installing the Desktop Experience feature and rebooting the server, you can access the Windows Store. However, you must use a non-Administrator account to access the Windows Store.

Go to Control Panel > User Accounts > Add a user account to add a new user. The user can be an administrator if you want (it simply cannot be the user “Administrator”).

Now, log in to Windows with the new user account. You can find Windows Store in the Start menu and use it as you normally would on a Windows 8 system.


This guide applies to:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2
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