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Windows Store
Windows Store logo.png
Developer(s) Microsoft
First release date October 26, 2012
Digital Distribution

Key points

Easy installation/upgrades/uninstallation and purchasing; available everywhere Windows is officially sold.
UWP games are very restricted, and if certain graphics settings aren't supported, they can't be hacked in by third-party software such as Nvidia Control Panel.
Only XInput controllers are supported with controller supported titles.[1]

The Windows Store is an app store introduced with Windows 8 and Windows RT. Purchased apps can be used on up to 81 devices for Windows 8 and 8.1[2] or 10 devices for Windows 10;[3] systems can be remotely removed from this total if they are dead, stolen, or otherwise inaccessible.

Windows apps always run at the desktop resolution and scale correctly to all resolutions and aspect ratios but do not spread across multi-monitor setups. Windows apps require a minimum resolution of 1024x768 (desktop applications can be used at lower resolutions as usual but Windows apps will refuse to launch).[4]

Issues fixed[edit]

Windows apps are shown in random language[edit]

This is problem especially with systems using other main language than English.
Windows apps and Store use Windows language settings to determine which language to use and if none on the list matches it defaults to English. This means if for example Japanese language has been added to list as IME, it defaults to it instead of English.
Add desired language to windows language list[5]
  1. Go to Control Panel, Clock, Language and Region and Language Options.
  2. Click Add language and add desired language to list.
    • If language is already on the list, move it higher up.
  3. From Advanced settings, make sure every setting is set to Use language list.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Screen recorders, overlays, injectors won't work[edit]

Most screen recorders, overlays and injectors doesn't seem to work and need update from developer.
Intel Graphics Performance Analyzers should be able to measure performance of Windows Store apps, including FPS. However, only up to Windows 8.1 with R2 release, Windows 10 support is coming in future release.[6]
Some recorders have been updated to support Windows apps, including: Dxtory[7] and OBS[8]

References

  1. XInput and DirectInput - Windows Dev Center - "Note Use of legacy DirectInput is not recommended, and DirectInput is not available for Windows Store apps."
  2. Increasing the app roaming limits
  3. Microsoft lowers app installs from 81 to 10 with Windows 10
  4. Scaling to different screens - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
  5. windows 8 preview - Why are half of my Metro apps in Japanese? - Super User
  6. Can not analyze any apps - no errors. - Intel Developer Zone
  7. ExKode | Dxtory - ChangeLog - "ver2.0.133 (2015/09/08) ADD: Supported UWP App."
  8. Release OBS Studio 17.0.0 · jp9000/obs-studio · GitHub - "Added ability to capture windows store games (UWP programs)"