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Windows 8 store is not Connecting to Internet[Solved] :How to Fix This

Yesterday I decided to update my windows 8 pro to Windows 8.1.For this I need to open Windows 8 store because Microsoft is providing update to Windows 8.1 through Windows Store.But When I tried to open the windows Store I am getting an error like this: 
                                                                    " We weren’t able to connect to the Store. This might have happened because of a server problem or the network connection timed out. Please wait a few minutes and try again."
unable to connect to windows 8 store
I tried  a few things but the problem was not resolved .So I Google it and found that the similar problem is faced by many other people and there are many suggestions to solve the problem.I tried each one of them but I still getting the the same error .Nothing works for me.After Googling for more than two days, at last, I found a simple solution that straightway worked for me.You are here and I can expect you tried each one of the following solutions but not succeeded:
  • You checked the Date and Time settings and also updated the Internet time.
  • You checked that you are not using any proxy server by going in Internet Options.
  • You have switched your account from local account to a Microsoft account.
  • You have refreshed you PC(your big mistake) by going in PC settings.
  • You have cleared the store cache by running few commands.
And after trying above methods and few more, you are still not able to access the store or any other App.Now I am going to tell you a method that worked straightway for me.
Just follow the following simple steps :
  • First you need to install a small software called Fiddler.Fiddler is a small tool for Inspecting and Debugging Web traffic.Go to the following link and download the version 4.4.5.6(or higher if available).
                                               http://fiddler2.com/get-fiddler
installing fiddler
  • It is of very small size(under 1MB) and after downloading install it.Run it by going into program list.
  • Once the Fiddler window appear,go to Tools and then select Win8 Loopback Exemptions.If you get prompt for warning ,click Yes.
making changes to connect to windows 8 store


  • Select Exempt All so that each checkbox in front of app is checked and select Save Changes.Now minimize the Feddler(Do not close it) and try to open the app store or any other app.
connecting to windows 8 store

  • Now App Store and all other window 8 Apps can easily connect to the Internet.You may need to run the Feddler,so just minimize it and do not close it.
You may need to run the Fiddler all the time when you need App store to connect to the Internet.Still,this is far better than Refreshing the PC or Installing a new copy of windows 8.
Whether this method works for you or not,please let me know by posting your comment.

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79 comments:

  1. Yep, finally nailed it. Thanks

    Modern apps stopped working sometime, perhaps after win 8.1 update.
    No help from MS or the net. This has got me going again and on the path to fixing the problem.
    There was some mcafee and trend software which I suspect was originally causing the problem, and deleting them from the system ( brutally by knocking the service and deleting the files) may have left some registry settings not suited for the windows firewall to be correctly interacting with the store and modern apps

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  3. Tried your solution to the letter and although I am on the internet, hence this post, the store or apps are still not functioning, any more ideas?

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  4. Thanks so much for this after months and months I finally get the bloody store to connect. Downloading 8.1 now hopefully it will be fixed natively after the update. Fingers crossed.

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  5. Thank you so much!!! It finally worked!!!!

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  6. Thanks a lot Amar....Its working...!

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  7. I'm so surprised this worked! I'd tried everything else. Thanks for your help. Highly recommend this method.

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    1. Your welcome..........thanks for visiting

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  8. unfortunatelly didnt work for me .Ieverythings work, game connection, browsers expect the store. dont know what to

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    1. Have you followed the steps correctly? Because this worked almost for everyone.

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  9. Fiddler isnt working.. Any other suggestion please.

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    1. Also check these:
      check the Date and Time settings and also updated the Internet time.
      Check that you are not using any proxy server by going in Internet Options. Try to switch your account from local account to a Microsoft account.

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  10. Why is win8 loopback exemptions not an option on the Tools menu on my Fiddler4 I just downloaded?

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    1. Mine is version 4.4.5.6 and there is option win8 loopback exceptions under tools .If you still can't see , I uploaded the fiddler for you .Download It from here - https://www.mediafire.com/?5n44c5tyon6ckww

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  11. Thank you sooooo much, this was getting to be a headache trying to get my store to work and I've tried and looked for everything, so thank you. This was great and great help too! =D

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  12. this worked finally, thanks....all those windows forums didnt solve anything...what a mess

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  13. Hello there Amar pawar...thanx very much for your help...Finally it worked like a charm....!

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  14. Looks like a great tip. Don't understand the technicalities. However didn't work for me. Further search came up with fix on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujuV4le10tQ . I didnt understand what this does either. But this did work for me. In case YouTube link gets lost, the suggestion is:
    Run "Cmd" to get into command prompt
    Run: powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $Env:SystemRoot\WinStore\AppxManifest.xml
    Then enter: start "" "ms-windows-store:"

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    1. thanks for suggesting this solution

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  15. Thanks so much! I spent two days now pulling out my hair and loathing microsoft, that a third party hack like this needs to be used infuriates me, but bless your heart for posting this! +1000

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  16. it didnt work for me o pls

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    1. I am surprised this does not worked for you.This solution worked for almost everyone.Try once more ,carefully following the steps.

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  17. all my apps are highlighted with green except my store

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    1. make sure all are checked and one important thing you need fiddler running in background, so don't close it. Just minimize it.

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  18. Yeah I did that,I checked all,...but isn't it strange that only my store wasn't highlighted?

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    1. In my case ,Store is also highlighted.All other are in light green,only store is in white.

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  19. This seems to have worked for me. Thank you!

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  20. Thank you so much! I thought I would have never figured it out. The Fiddler one was the one that worked for me!

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  21. thank you !! worked for me...I tried everything else and nothing worked...why MS don't have a fix for this?

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    1. Your welcome......this is one of the major bug in Windows 8. I hope they resolved it in windows 8.1.

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  22. Didn't work for me & ive checked everything you've suggested :/

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    1. You need to make changes in fiddler as I described in post and also fiddler must be running while you are accessing store.

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    1. What error you are getting while implementing the steps?

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  24. Finally, a solution.
    Thank you so much.
    For days I've been searching for a solution for this problem, finally able to fix it. =)
    BTW: for those getting error 0x6d9 on Fiddler? Activate "Windows Firewall".
    Also, don't forget to have the "WIndows Update" and "Windows Store" services running.

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    1. I am glad it worked for you. Also Thanks for suggesting the solution for error 0x6d9.

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  26. Nice post...

    But why do we need to keep fiddler running everytime I want my app to connect to the internet?

    Currently, when I launch my windows 8 app, it fails to connect to the internet until I relaunch the app by launching the fiddler first.

    Any help regarding this will highly be appreciated.

    Thanks

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    1. So far I found only this working method. You need to run fiddler as it allows http traffic to apps (don't know what blocks the app from accessing internet ). As soon as I found alternative i will update the post.

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  27. Thank you so much for your reply...I am looking forward to your alternative way :)

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  28. My app is ready to deploy to 50 client machines...Do I need to install fiddler at every machine? Currently we are facing this issue...Our client is unable to run the app on every machine without installing fiddler.

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    1. Try to update windows 8 to windows 8.1 .Microsoft might fixed the bug in windows 8.1 but I am not sure.

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  29. I figured out another reason why the store and other apps don't recognize the internet connection, at least for me. None of the available info on how to fix this issue worked for me, so if your still stuck try this. I right clicked start, clicked run, msconfig, services tab, make sure windows event log and windows event collector are checked and apply.I unchecked these a few hours ago trying to get a game to run on win 8 (pretty much every game I have has problems running on win 8) and didn't realize what it did at the time; It's been a few hours of frustration trying to get my apps to work. Hope this helps someone.

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    1. I thank you so much Patent actually that was the problem. i have worked on this for months but could not get the resolution and enabling the event collector and error reporting and event logs has worked in 1 go. just had to restart the pc..thanksssss

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    1. Your welcome.....I am glad it worked for you...

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  31. I thank you so much Patent actually that was the problem. i have worked on this for months but could not get the resolution and enabling the event collector and error reporting and event logs has worked in 1 go. just had to restart the pc..thanksssss

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  32. it didn't worked for me, I have tried everything, I posted something on the microsoft page but that didn't help either!! please tell me what to do :(

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    1. Hiii, fiddler works for almost everyone. You can see the comments above. Try to implement the above steps and tell me where you are getting problem. Always happy to help you.

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  33. I did exactly what this post says. after this method the windows store still says it can't connect. so if there's another way to fix my problem... I personly think there's something wrong with my pc settings... couldn't find it myself. other sugestions??

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    1. Are you able to open websites in Internet explorer ?

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  34. I am, I can use spotify to. I can play online games like minecraft and games from steam, but I can't use windows apps. my ethernet connection says it's limited. I can use all sites, all programs except windows apps. so defently the program here should work. but it doesn't....

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  35. it works... but... should I run fiddler every time???

    "You may need to run the Fiddler all the time when you need App store to connect to the Internet."

    why?

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    1. Because fiddler is the one who is filtering HTTP traffic and it allows all traffic to windows store and apps. So it needs to be run in background.

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  36. You are great,,man great ,,,,wooohoooo its working

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  37. okay, I still don't fixed my problem, what can I do now??

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    1. Try the solution provided by Patent above

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    1. Your welcome... I am glad it worked for you.

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  39. Sir after doing what you said it says the same

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    1. Hello Hari, this worked for everyone. Even I tried it on my own Laptop. You might missing out something.Try again and tell me where you facing problem.

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  40. Thanks a lot! Now i can connect my play store >.<

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  41. Thank you so much! I have spent waaay too much time trying to get connected to the Windows Store so I could upgrade to Windows 8.1

    Do you know how the loopback filter could be set in the first place to filter out traffic to the Windows Store?

    Is there a registry key or Windows firewall setting that can be set to permanently fix this?

    Thanks again!

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