Running into the Microsoft Store error 0x80073d0a while trying to download apps?
Whether you love it or hate it, Microsoft Store is an integral part of the Windows operating system. It was introduced in 2012, and since then, this digital distribution platform has grown considerably.
Microsoft keeps updating the Windows Store features to enhance its functionality, but it has failed to make this platform entirely error-free. It is common for Microsoft Store users to run into issues now and then.
One such common issue that prevents the users from downloading and installing new apps in the Microsoft Store is error 0x80073d0a. If you are facing similar issues on your PC, this guide will help you out.
We will walk you through the process of fixing the 0x80073d0a error in a few simple, easy steps to get you back on track.
Let’s get started.
- 1. Clear the Windows Store Cache.
- 2. Enable the Windows Firewall Service.
- 3. Adjust the Time, Date, and Time Zone.
- 4. Uninstall the Third-party Equivalent.
- 5. Use System Restore.
- 6. Reinstall the Windows Store.
1. Clear the Windows Store Cache.
You might have noticed that it takes less time to load when you visit a web page for the second or third time than the first visit. When you visit a webpage, your browser saves temporary files that help retrieve data faster. These files are known as ‘cached files’.
Just like browsers, apps maintain their own cached files. However, there are times when cached files can get corrupt and cause errors within the application. Luckily, these files are temporary, and deleting them is completely safe.
If you have been facing the Microsoft Store error 0x80073d0a on your PC, we recommend clearing the Windows Store cache before proceeding with the troubleshooting steps. If corrupt cached files are causing this error, clearing the Windows Store cache will resolve it.
2. Enable the Windows Firewall Service.
Windows Defender Firewall separates the internal network of your PC from the external network (internet). When you search for apps on the Microsoft Store and attempt to download them, the Windows Defender scans the connection before it starts.
If the Windows Defender is disabled on your PC, the Microsoft Server fails to download or update apps. As a result, your screen displays the 0x80073d0a error.
If the Windows Defender is disabled on your PC, you will face issues while downloading UWP applications. In this case, try enabling the Windows Defender Firewall service to resolve the error.
Here is all you need to do:
- Press the Windows + R keys simultaneously to open a Run dialogue box.
- Type ‘services.msc’ in the text box and click OK.
- Locate the Windows Defender Firewall in the list of services displayed on your screen.
- Right-click the Windows Defender Firewall service and select Properties.
- Inside the General tab, switch the startup type to Automatic.
- Now click OK to save the changes.
- Once done, restart your PC and see if doing so resolved the error.
Hopefully, you will be able to download and update UWP apps without any issues now.
3. Adjust the Time, Date, and Time Zone.
Several apps on your PC scan through certificates in the operating system before performing certain actions. If the time, date, and time zone on your PC are incorrect, the apps consider the certificates invalid and reject them.
If you have been facing the 0x80073d0a error on your PC, the incorrect time and date might be the reason behind it. To fix the error, adjust the time and date settings on your device and check if it helps.
Here is how you can do it:
- Type Date & Time in the search bar and select Open.
- Verify the Time Zone.
- Enable the Set time automatically option.
- Under Synchronize Your Clock, click on Sync Now.
- Finally, open the Microsoft Store and see if adjusting the time and date solved the 0x80073d0a error.
You should now be able to use the Microsoft Store without any issues. If the error persists, see the next method below.
4. Uninstall the Third-party Equivalent.
If you are using a third-party security tool on your PC instead of the Windows Defender Firewall, chances are it is causing the 0x80073d0a error. This happens when the third-party equivalent prevents the Windows Store from establishing communications with the server.
You can solve this issue by either uninstalling the third-party security tool or adding the Microsoft Store to the exclusion list. Both the methods will allow the Microsoft servers to connect with the Microsoft Store upon request.
Here is what you need to do to uninstall the third-party equivalent:
- Press both the Windows + R keys together. This will open a Run dialogue box.
- Type ‘appwiz.cpl’ in the dialogue box and click OK to open the Program and Files window.
- In the Program and Files window, locate your third-party firewall.
- Right-click on it and select Uninstall to remove the application from your PC.
- Once the app is uninstalled, restart your PC and check if doing so resolved the error.
If the third-party security tool was causing hindrance, getting rid of it will solve the error on your PC. You should now be able to install and update apps without any issues.
5. Use System Restore.
If you frequently face both minor and critical errors on your Windows and are looking for a solution that will not damage the system’s components, then try performing a system restore.
System restore takes a ‘snapshot’ of several operating system components and creates restore points on your PC. When your system gets corrupted, System Restore uses the previously created restore points to revert the system to an earlier point in time. Surprisingly, your PC does not lose any files during the entire process (except the corrupted ones, of course).
If you face the 0x80073d0a error on your PC and the steps mentioned above did not work for you, we recommend performing a system restore. Doing so will fix the corruption issues within the system.
Here is what you need to do:
- Press Windows + R keys simultaneously to open a Run dialogue box.
- Type ‘rstrui’ in the dialogue box and hit Enter to open the System Restore window.
- Inside the System Restore window, click Next.
- Now, checkmark the Show more restore points option and click Next.
- Lastly, click the Finish button to complete the process.
This process will take a few minutes to complete. Once the system reboots your PC, a previous functional state will be mounted. You should now be able to use the Microsoft Store and other utilities without any issues.
6. Reinstall the Windows Store.
If performing a system restore did not work for you, then the issue is most likely caused by a corruption error that cannot be fixed conventionally. In this case, try reinstalling the Windows Store app on your PC.
Reinstalling the Windows Store will remove its current data from your PC, including the temporary files. It will place the app back into its initial state, and hopefully, you will be able to use it without any issues.
This wraps our guide on fixing the Microsoft Store Error 0x80073d0a on your PC. We hope our solutions helped you fix the issue once and for all. If you still have any questions, please let us know in the comment section below. We will try our best to help you out!
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