It is no surprise that Windows 8 has a Store for selling apps as Microsoft has been talking about it for months. However, it was a surprise to see a history of your previous installs that you can reinstall from, even on different computers. One of the biggest pains for power users of Windows Phone is reinstalling applications as it is a long and tedious process however on Windows 8 It is extremely simple making PC rebuilds and building new PC’s much easier.
Reinstalling Windows 8 Metro Apps
When you go into the marketplace, right click on any of the tiles listed or pretty much anywhere on the screen you should see a menu drop down from the top. On a touch screen like the Acer Iconia, simply drag your finger from top down a little similar to a notification screen on a smartphone. Click on “Your apps” in the top left corner.
Once you switch the view, you will see a narrowed down and sortable list with just the apps you have installed in the past.
You can sort the apps that are visible by clicking the two drop down menus at the top. You have the option to see “All Apps” or “Apps installed on individual machines” and you can sort your apps by date, apps that are not installed, or by name.
Next, you just click on the apps that you want to install or simple use the select all button in the bottom left hand corner. Once you have selected the apps you need simple click the install button.
As soon as you hit the install button the screen flips back to the Store but in the top right hand cover you will see a little notification letting you see how many apps are left to install.
Finally, when you flip back to the Windows 8 Start Screen you will see your new apps start to show up.
Building a second machine running Windows 8 was so painless that I can’t stop smiling. Of course there are regular apps on the desktop side that you will have to install but what has got me smiling is the hope that when Windows Phone 8 releases, this feature will be there too.