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tackyjan

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I downloaded a free calculator program and did not like it so I immediately uninstalled it. However, it's still listed under "My Apps" in the Microsoft Store.

Is there a way I can cleanup some of the items listed in the "My Apps" section of the Microsoft store.



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Hello tackyjan. Welcome to the Eight Forums.

Not sure why you would want to. Try the button - bottom left corner. I did not try it. ... do not want to clear ...

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tackyjan

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Hello tackyjan. Welcome to the Eight Forums.

Not sure why you would want to. Try the button - bottom left corner. I did not try it. ... do not want to clear ...

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Clear didn't work I tried it already. (Clear just removes the checkmark.)

The reason why I want to clear it is I did not pay for the app, I don't like the app, and I never plan on downloading it again. If Microsoft does not allow you to clear the "My Apps" section then it will just fill up with junk. It will be like a history of everything you ever downloaded from the Windows Store.
 

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Ok. I tried it. Clear does like you said. Well, it's another wonderful MS mystery. I am up to 83 apps installed in history (not on my computer) (only about 12 metro apps on my computer) It doesn't bother me. IMO, kind of nice having a history of store app installs.

Perhaps if you use a different Microsoft Account (open a new one), the app history will change.
 

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Is there a way I can cleanup some of the items listed in the "My Apps" section of the Microsoft store.

I don't think so, because it goes against the point of "My Apps". My Apps is designed to track purchases. When you download a free app, it's still considered a purchase, just a $0 one. The point is that once you pay for an app, you can uninstall it, and install it again later. Or you can install it on another computer (you can install it on up to 5 devices).

So If you could delete things from there, then you would lose access to apps you've purchased.
 

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Anything is possible. Probable??? Not so much :(

Possible?

MS could let a user have a LOCAL database that is editable by the Account holder,
and a permanent un-editable database stored on their sever that contains the full
listing of All Apps purchased by the account holder.

Two radio buttons COULD be added to the Your Apps screen.

[Download Listing of All Purchased Apps] {from your MS account server}
[Edit Local App Listings] {c:\Users\Me\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\AppCache\Local- app store listings.xml}

Will that happen?

I believe the usual two chances thing applies here....slim and none :)

Cheers
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I think it's something Microsoft needs to address. I downloaded WeatherBug earlier tonight and deleted it about 5 minutes later. The Play Store just recently began allowing the deletion of items such at this. Keep the pay apps I'm fine with that but free apps that just didn't make the cut should be allowed a delete option.
 

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tackyjan

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Is there a way I can cleanup some of the items listed in the "My Apps" section of the Microsoft store.

I don't think so, because it goes against the point of "My Apps". My Apps is designed to track purchases. When you download a free app, it's still considered a purchase, just a $0 one. The point is that once you pay for an app, you can uninstall it, and install it again later. Or you can install it on another computer (you can install it on up to 5 devices).

So If you could delete things from there, then you would lose access to apps you've purchased.

So it is your belief that every single product you have ever downloaded and will ever download will show up in My Apps? Wow. Imagine what it will be like in 5 years. Literally 1000s of pages of crap.

They need to at a minimum provide the ability to filter what gets shown. For example, apps purchased in the last month.
 

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Oliver Crete

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Apple does it. I don't get peoples problem with it. There is this handy little search charm you can use to find particular apps again. But I rarely use the My Apps from apple. My iTunes apps page is full of apps though. And you can't delete those.
 

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Hairy Scot

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I too have this problem but the app in question was not from the store and I uninstalled it using Revo Uninstaller.
 

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dirtyvu

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I'm sure they could find a solution to the problem.

Right now, any app you download is "purchased" whether it's free or paid for. Once it's purchased, you can erase and redownload it as many times as you like to whatever PCs you have. In fact, you don't even have to worry about the app being removed from the marketplace because once you own it, you own it.

What if they had the option to remove purchases? You can then claim that you bought something and accidentally removed it and you want it back. That adds another layer of work and they'd have to go through transactions to see whether you actually did purchase that $10 game. Now, they can have workarounds to solve the situation and maybe they should.

well, why not have separate designations for paid stuff and free stuff? well, sometimes there are promotions and a paid item may become free but only for a limited amount of time. With a purchase history, once you own it, you own it. You don't have to worry about losing access sometime in the future.

But if you uninstall it from your PC, you don't have to worry about it. Yes, your download history will get cluttered by all the apps you download. there are filters to show what apps are installed only on that PC, what apps are installed on your other PCs but not the current one you're looking at, etc. You can see the download history for that specific PC you want.

It's not the best solution but there's no "easy" solution. The only easy solution is to make all apps free or all apps paid for. Of course, there's never going to be a world that's all free (well, Linux if you can handle the crap software). And I don't think we'd want to live in a world where there's no free software.
 

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Atomic Shrimp

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One quite good reason you might want to remove apps from the list is if the app has an embarrassing name (for example 'Geek Porn' or 'Sex Diary' - these are real apps) - anything you ever installed, even out of momentary idle curiosity, is there in the app history forever.
 

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