If you’re using the Windows 10 Technical Preview you may have noticed many of the apps in the Windows Store are missing from the Beta version of the app. Specifically I was looking for Wordament and Snap Attack. Neither were available in the Windows Store (Beta) on Windows 10, but that’s not enough to stop me from testing alternate installation routes.
Exploring other alternatives, I found there is a solid way to get at least some if not all apps available to Windows 8 users on Windows 10. Here are the steps I took to get both of these games to install on the Technical Preview.
First, I did a Google search for the app in question. This will bring up the app developer’s website. Almost every Windows app developer will have download links for different platforms. Most importantly, look for the link to the Windows Store.
Clicking on the link will bring you to a different webpage. Also, assuming the developer has the link set up correctly, it should open up the Windows Store. It seems links supersede whatever the Windows Store has available by default. This means even though searching for Wordament in the store drew a blank I still had a way to direct the store to the proper destination.
Clicking install should present you with a window like this. The installation is successful! Now all that’s left to do is to launch the application from your PC, or in my case Bootcamped Mac.
As you can see, this worked perfectly for both of the apps in question. They launch (in windowed mode, as expected) with no flaws and play just fine. Hopefully this will work for whatever apps you folks wish to enjoy although they’re “unavailable” on the Windows 10 Store Beta. If you have any tips for us, please let us know either in the comments or email me at email@example.com.