How to fix Microsoft store error code 0x80073cf3?

Quite recently, we noticed many reports on the users receiving Microsoft store error code 0x80073cf3 error message while attempting to download any new apps or update the existing ones through Microsoft Store.

We analyzed the reports and find that these below are the possible reasons that cause the issues:

Microsoft account glitch – inconsistency with the Microsoft accounts cause the problem with the linked Windows Store for so many users,

Generic inconsistency – Running Windows Store Troubleshooter is the best option to deal with any generic inconsistency that causes the issue under discussion,

Corrupt Windows Installation – The problem could be because of corrupt Windows Store installation. This could be because of outdated version of the program. If that is the case, you should reinstall Windows Store.

Fixes for Microsoft store error code 0x80073cf3

Fix 1: Run Windows Troubleshooter

You should start with checking the problem with running Windows Troubleshooter. Using this utility, you can scan and repair any issues that cause problems with the Windows Store and its apps. Here is how you can run Windows Store Troubleshooter:

  • Press Win+ I to open Settings,
  • Click on Update & Security,
  • Now, click on Troubleshooter and click Additional Troubleshooters,
  • Select Windows Store Apps on the next window and hit ‘Run the troubleshooter’ button.

Fix 2: Reset Windows Store Cache

App’s cache might be the problematic and the recommended fix in this case is to reset the Windows Store cache and see if this fixes the issue:

  • On the Windows Search, type cmd and hit Enter,
  • Right-click on Command Prompt and click Run as Administrator,
  • In the Command Prompt window, type the below command and hit Enter:


  • Once the command prompt is executed, check and verify if the problem is gone.

Fix 3: Modify DNS Settings

There could be DNS issue when downloading the app or there might be an existing package of some app that interferes with the new installation process. The possible fix in this case is to modify the DNS settings. Here is how:

  • Right-click on Network icon on your taskbar and select Open Network & Internet Settings,
  • In the opened window, select Change adapter options to launch Network Connections folder,
  • Right-click on the primary network and go to its properties,
  • Find Internet Protocol Version 4 and right-click on it and then click on its properties,
  • Now, choose Use the following DNS server addresses radio button and enter for preferred and for alternate,
  • Click OK to save the changes.

Fix 4: Update Microsoft Store

If your Microsoft Store is out-of-date, you might receive Microsoft store error code 0x80073cf3. In this scenario, you should check for the update available and update your Microsoft Store. Below are the required steps you would have to follow:

  • Launch Microsoft Store,
  • Go to library on the left and click on Get Updates,
  • Upon doing that, if there is update available, the update downloading process would begin.

Fix 5: Reset Windows Store

The problem could be because of bugs or corruption error with Microsoft Store. Resetting the Windows Store will probably fix the issue in this case. Resetting app will delete the app’s cache files and the app’s data from the device, along with the sign-in information. Here is how you can reset Windows Store:

  • Press Win+ I to open Windows Settings,
  • In the Settings, select Apps,
  • Choose Apps & Features on the left and locate Microsoft Store in the right pane,
  • Click on Advanced Options,
  • Scroll down and click on Reset button in the opened window,
  • Restart the device once done and see if this resolves the issue.

Fix 6: Reinstall Microsoft Store

The last option is to reinstall Microsoft Store. Sometimes, even after resetting the app, there is still left some corrupted file dependencies due to which the error occurs. Reinstalling the app is the only viable solution in the very case:

  • Press Win +R, type in wt and press Ctrl +Shift +Enter keys together to launch Windows Terminal as admin,
  • If prompted UAC, click on Yes option,
  • Inside Windows Terminal, type the below command and hit Enter:

Get-AppxPackage -allusers *WindowsStore* | Remove-AppxPackage

  • Once executed the command, restart the computer and upon restart, open Windows Terminal again with Admin privilege,
  • This time, execute the below command to reinstall Microsoft Store:

Get-AppxPackage -allusers *WindowsStore* | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

  • Restart the device again and check if the problem is stilled received.

If none of the methods work, you should employ PC Repair Tool. This tool will check for the different possible issues and provides their automatic fix. It works in most of the case where the problem occurs because of system files corruption, registry issues, apps malfunctions, DLLs and EXEs errors and so on.


That’s all! We have provided all possible fixes for Microsoft store error code 0x80073cf3. Hope so, these methods are helpful for you in getting the required fix. In case of any queries, questions and suggestions, contact us from the below comment section.