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Windows Store is a big convenience for online purchase of software and more. It is just like Apple's App Store. Whenever you need a software, just go to Windows Store to browse and select. Hundreds, may be thousands, of software are available there. Many are completely free, many are free for a specified trial period, and the others are there for sale. The software found in the store can be installed in your computer just by one click. The additional advantage is you can be sure that the software you buy from there will be compatible with your system and they are not of dubious quality.

To use Windows Store, first find and click on the Store tile on your Start Screen.

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Click on the Store tile on your Start Screen

This will take you to Windows store. This is just a general look at the store:

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This is how Windows Store looks like

The store is pretty big. So don't forget to scroll horizontally. (The bad thing about Windows 8.1, in my humble opinion, the horizontal scroll bar remains invisible until you hover your mouse over the bottom edge of the screen. The scroll bar becomes visible only then!)

In the store, every thing is arranged by categories. The top categories are listed prominently right in the center as you enter the store (as marked in the above picture). You can use those categories to look for what you want, or you can search using the search box in the upper right corner (circled with red ink in the above picture).

Try using search terms like free apps, free zip/unzip utility, video editing apps, paintshop pro, beyonce, nbc news, old bollywood movie songs, games, or whatever you are looking for. I find searching using my terms lands me on the right App quicker. It is a lot of fun to browse in Windows Store. You might end up spending more time there than you had planned for!

When you spot an App that you want to install in your computer, click on its name. The next screen will give you all the relevant info about that App. It could be free, or for free trial for a specified period, or you may have to pay for it. (If you want to buy an App from the Windows store you, of course, have to provide your credit/debit card info. It is a good idea to have a Microsoft account and leave your payment info in the store in advance or when you make a purchase from the store for the first time. That way, you can complete your future purchases much quicker.) This screen will also give a description of the App and any special system requirements for the App to run smoothly. So please read carefully before you proceed to buy or install the App. This screen will also give ratings of the App and summary of top reviews (if any).

Now look at the following picture. Just to make screenshots for this tutorial, I chose an App called "Evergreen Hindi Melodies". When I clicked on its name, I came to this screen:

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This screen gives the detailed info about the App

This App is clearly marked Free. So I clicked on the green button that says Install. That's it. The App is downloaded and got installed in my PC immediately. Even a confirmation message will appear on your monitor for a few seconds. Here is an example of that message (about a different App that I had installed for free):

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Confirmation message
"Beyonce Videos was installed"


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