Windows Store Apps and windows desktop Applications

Posted on 2014-02-22
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What's the difference between Windows Store Apps and windows desktop Applications?
Question by:metro156
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by:Peter Hutchison
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Traditional Windows Applications are plain executables (EXE) files which are created using Windows' Win32 or .NET Framework API (application programming interfaces).

Windows Store Apps are written differently and with the Windows Runtime API using familiar languages using Visual Basic, C#, C++ or even Javascript. Apps consist of XML, EXE, WINMD, DLL and other files. Apps are installed into C:\Program files\WindowsApps\ folder.
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John Hurst earned 2000 total points
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Metro apps (on my computer) work in Metro and not the desktop, work in full screen only, and update themselves whether you wish this or not.

Desktop Applications work the same as Windows 7 and Windows before that. You install them in the desktop, update them as you normally would and they do not run in Metro. If you try to access them in Metro, you are switched to the desktop.

I am using Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit.

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