Windows 8 Apps

After installing the Desktop Experience feature, the Store will appear in the Start screen. However, if you try to open it, it will notify that it is not possible for the Built-in Administrator account to open it.

Cannot open Store using Built-in Administrator account.

There are two methods which can be used to enable the Windows Store for the Built-in Administrator account.

Method 1

(Thanks to Lotusisrael. Will be changed to a visual version later)

Enable the User Account Control for the Administrator account: Open Local Security Policy, go to Local Policies –> Security Options –> User Accoumt Control: Admin Approval Mode for the Build-in Administrator Account, and click Enabled.

More info at the forum.

Method 2

We will create a new user, assign Administrator rights to this user and finally disable the Administrator account. This way we have configured the user security configuration just like Windows 8 with as result that we can use the Windows 8 AppStore and Windows 8 (Metro) applications.

1. Open the Start screen, type lusrmgr.msc (with as first character an L, not a capital i) and press Enter to open the Local Users and Groups management console.
Open "lusrmgr.msc" via the Start screen

2. In the management console in the left pane, click the Users section and then in the right pane right click in an empty spot and choose New User.
Create new user via the Local Users and Groups management console

3. Enter information for the new user. If you do not want to use a password, first follow the Password Restrictions instructions to disable enforcement of strong passwords. In case you do not want the password to expire, uncheck User must change password at next logon and check the Password never expires checkbox. This option is also checked by default when you create a new account via PC Settings in the Windows 8 Charms bar. After you finished filling in the fields, click Create. The same window will reappear to create another new user, but click the Close button.
Enter information to create new User

4. Now double click the newly created account, go to the Member Of tab, click Add and type Administrators in the Enter the object names to select text field. Finally confirm the group selection by clicking OK and save the settings by clicking OK again in the user properties window. We have now added the newly created user to the Administrators group.
Add user to Administrators group

5. Sign out the Administrator and login with the newly created user.
Windows Server 2012 login screen

6. After logging in, again go to the Local Users and Groups management console by typing lusrmgmt.msc in the Start screen and pressing Enter.
Open "lusrmgr.msc" via the Start menu

7. In the left pane click the Users section, then double click the Administrator user to open its properties. Finally, check the Account is disabled checkbox and click OK. You now successfully disabled the Built-in Administrator account so it won’t show up again in the logon screen.
Disable Built-in Administrator account

8. Now you can open the Windows 8 Store or any other Windows 8 App without problems!
Windows Server 2012 Store


Continue to get the default applications from Windows 8 installed in Windows Server 2012…

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11 Responses

  1. eric says:

    It seems that windows 8.1 is needed to download anything now…any solutions

  2. Paes says:

    Just FYI: Method 1 is missing a step — You need to reboot in order for the changes to take effect.

  3. Phillip says:

    Does the windows store allow users logged in to the domain to install apps? All I get is the spinning progress circle.

  4. Lotusisrael says:

    I have just discovered that the creation of an another administrator account is not neccesary, it is enough to enable the User Account Control for the Administrator account to enable the Windows Store in the build-in Administrator account. To get there, do this: Open Local Security Policy, go to Local Policies – Security Options – User Accoumt Control: Admin Approval Mode for the Build-in Administrator Account, and click Enabled.

  5. Megg G says:

    This step should be the second thing in the tutorial, right after installing the operating system. It seems like everything has basically been reset to what it once was, cursors, server manager starting up on start up, etc.

    This could save a lot of repeat steps by just making this one of the earlier steps instead of one of the later ones.

  6. Ce58 says:

    It doesn’t work. I clicked the store, but no response.

  7. Lotusisrael says:

    It seems that on Server Manager, on Add Features, there is one called Quality Windows Audio Video Experience, that is separated from both Windows Audio and Desktop Experience Options. At first I did not realised about this, and I had some nasty YouTube flash issues, now they seem to be gone. It is probably something important.

  8. Daniel says:

    Step 7 is unnecessary.

  9. kris says:

    In my computer I tried this and that time it’s worked. now I make a new user and some days later( now) I can’t see Store in start menu.

    someone know how to get it back.

  10. Kevin says:

    You should be able to download the windows 8 built in apps on the store, try to search for “Microsoft Corparation” or something like that and then download the built in apps like as though they were third party apps

    Arris: Thanks! I added a page to the manual with links to all default applications.

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