Windows 11 makes it easier than ever to set up a new PC with your favorite apps

Two laptops side by side, one showing a blue background with the white windows 10 logo and the other one with a blue patterned background displaying the windows 11 logo

Photo: Getty Images

Microsoft is adding the ability for Windows 11 to restore pre-installed apps from the Microsoft Store to a new Windows PC.

This feature should make it easier for Windows 11 users to set up a new Windows PC. Instead of having to search for and reinstall the pre-installed apps in the Store Library section, it gives users a one-click option to restore the apps on the new device. The feature will be tested in the near future in the Windows Insider channel, according to Microsoft.

“To make it easier for customers to transition to new PCs quickly and easily, we will soon be testing a new feature in the Windows Insider Channel that helps customers automatically restore their pre-installed apps from the Microsoft Store to their new Windows device,” Giorgio Sardo, general manager of Microsoft Store, said. Said on Windows Developer Blog.

It also benefits developers by avoiding the need to remind users to re-download an app they previously had.

We see: Microsoft says Windows 11 has reached this major milestone

In the Microsoft Store app, users will see a list of icons for apps installed on their Windows PC and have the option to Restore All or Select Apps to restore on the new device.

Microsoft also hopes to improve app discoverability in the Microsoft Store, which has been overcrowded, as well as attract more app developers. The store didn’t even have a Microsoft Teams until this month.

Microsoft Microsoft Store Renew When Windows 11 launches in October, at that time Adobe Creative Cloud, Disney+, TikTok, Zoom, Teams, Visual Studio, Notepad and Paint will be available.

Today, the Microsoft Store includes ACDSee Gemstone, Adobe Express, Audacity, Canva, Course Hero, Discord, Drawboard PDF, Epic Games, Firefox, Luminar Neo & Luminar AI, Mailchimp, Meitu XiuXiu, Microsoft Teams, OpenOffice, Paramount +, PuTTY and WinZip and Zoom, according to Sardo.

In February, regulators reviewed Microsoft’s massive acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Microsoft Publish their Open App Store principles, which included a rule that developers were not required to use their payment system for in-app purchases and a commitment not to favor their own apps over third-party competitors. Microsoft will continue to allow applications to be downloaded from the Internet.

And at Build 2022 last week, Microsoft Microsoft Store queue dropped for developers using Win32 appswhich allows developers who create applications in .NET, C++, Electron, Flutter, Qt, Rust, etc. to instantly submit their applications for distribution in the Store.

Developers using Win32 applications can make them undetectable in the Store for beta testing before launch. Developers are gaining new analytics dashboards for user acquisition, app usage, health metrics, and install analytics. Developers will also be able to respond to comments on Win32 applications.

Microsoft has released several new tools for PWA application developers, including a new Visual Studio Code (VS Code) extension to help create, compile, and publish PWAs to the Microsoft Store from the IDE.

On top of attracting developers, Microsoft today announced Microsoft Store ads to allow them to serve ads to users based on interests, such as music.

“In the coming months, developers will be able to create advertising campaigns in the Microsoft Store using Microsoft Advertising. Only developers with content published on the Store will be able to run advertising campaigns, ensuring that ads are contextual for customers,” Sardo said.

Finally, Microsoft is expanding the preview of the Amazon Appstore – the only place where you can install Android apps for the Android sub-genre of Windows 11 – from the US only to France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the UK. This will happen by the end of this year.