Windows 8 Machines will not open store app

I have installed several windows 8 machines on my domain. Whenever i try to open up the windows store app it will open and then immediately close with no error message. The event log only shows this error:

Activation of app winstore_cw5n1h2txyewy!Windows.Store failed with error: The system cannot find the file specified. See the Microsoft-Windows-TWinUI/Operational log for additional information.

When i go to run the RemoveWindowsStoreApp script, there are no apps listed to remove.

Re installing windows 8 fixes the issue. I'm wondering if i am missing some files. I've run the app troubleshooter and check disk repair and sfc /scannow. It does not fix the issue.

Any ideas?
AllanoreAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You said you reinstalled Windows 8 and that fixed the issue. Is that true? And does it remain fixed?

You could have done something to the app that reinstall has corrected.

Also, make certain UAC (User Access Control) is turned ON. The Store will not work with UAC off.

Does the Store icon show up in the Metro screen?

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AllanoreAuthor Commented:
For some reason only the store and IE icon show in the metro screen. All the default apps that should be there when you install Windows 8 are missing.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
See if you can open Store, right click and then select Your Apps. You should see a list, and on the right hand side, you should you the number of apps you can update.

Your install might have gone wrong.  In this case try running Windows 8 Refresh. Action Center, Recovery, bottom link.

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AllanoreAuthor Commented:
When i try to open the store it automatically closes. I have copied over and replaced the C:\windows\winstore folder and this issue still exsists. Is there another folder that the store app runs off of?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I looked through that folder and there was nothing illuminating. WSReset.exe is in c:\windows\system32 and is supposed to reset Windows Store. I have not done this, so cannot vouch for it.

If nothing works, try a Windows 8 Refresh as I noted earlier.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@Allanore - Thanks and I was happy to help.

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Optima SystemsNetwork EngineerCommented:
i have this problem so cannot upgrade to windows 8.1.

I cannot use the ISO as it does not accept oem versions of windows 8.

Is there a way to reinstall the app store without refreshing the laptop.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
As per an above post, you can go to Metro, Store and look at installed apps and try to update those. That is the only way I know without running Refresh.

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Optima SystemsNetwork EngineerCommented:
but when I click on the store icon on the metro it flashes up and then disappears. Its the store I cant get on to?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
This question is closed so:

1. You may need to reinstall Windows.
2. In any event, you should start a new question.

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