Windows 10/11 Unable to Install Apps or Software? Here What to Do

How to Fix If You Can’t Install Programs Windows 10

Check Your App Install Settings on Windows 10
If you just can’t install the desktop apps on Windows 10, then this issue can be caused by improper app install settings. Here you can follow the steps below to check the install settings:

Step 1. Open the Settings app again, and navigate to Apps > Apps & features.

Step 2. Go to the Choose where to get apps section from the right-hand pane, and select Anywhere or Anywhere, but let me know if there’s a comparable app in the Microsoft Store from the drop-down menu. If you select The Microsoft Store only (recommended), it will block you from installing traditional desktop apps.

Step 3. If you are using an old version of Windows 10, you need to check a similar app setting by navigating to Settings > Update & Security > For developers, and selecting Sideload apps under the Use developer features section. Don’t select Microsoft Store apps, which prevents you from installing the regular apps.

Step 4. Reboot your computer to make the change take into effect.

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