About Windows 8 Apps
When you buy Windows 8, you will also receive a set of software applications and programs with the OS. These applications will be usually preinstalled in the operating system. According to the Microsoft tech support website, you will get around twenty or more such free apps preinstalled in the OS.
Downloading Windows 8 apps online
These Windows 8 apps will receive new updates and upgrades, which you can install from Windows Store. At the Windows Store website, you will also find many other free apps for the Windows 8 system. You just have to login to your Microsoft account and start downloading Windows 8 apps from the Windows Store. In fact, there is no other option to add new apps in Windows 8.
However, you can find download files for the latest Windows Core apps – the Windows apps that came preinstalled – at the Windows Update Catalog website. First, go to the Microsoft Knowledge Base website online and find the KB number for the latest versions of these Windows Core apps. Note down these numbers somewhere, and go to the Windows Update Catalog website.
Remember that you have to use the Microsoft Internet Explorer for accessing this website. When you do this, you will see a message in your Internet Explorer browser, which will ask you to download and install a Microsoft Update Catalog browser plug-in. Click on the link on your screen, and install the plug-in to your browser.
Visit Windows App Store
When done, use the Search option to find the updates for Windows Core apps, by typing the relevant KB number for each. Searching for individual KB numbers, will display the installation file for that particular app. Select the installation file relevant for your OS version – 32-bit or 64-bit – and add the file to your update cart. Similarly, add the update installation file for all other Windows Core apps to the cart.
Once you are finished, click on the Download button you see in the cart, and select a location for saving these files. These files will be in a compressed format, from which, you can extract the files using programs like WinZip. Once extracted, you can then transfer these files to the Windows 8 device and double click on the file to install them.
You have now successfully installed the latest version of the Windows 8 apps in your system without visiting the Windows Store. For more information, visit our Windows tech support page online.
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