I know this is going to sound like a ridiculous question but here goes… Is there a way to install the Windows 10 store on a Windows 8.1 phone, so that we can get the Windows 10 versions of apps on an 8.1 handset? I just rolled a phone back from 10 to 8.1 for my son and when restoring his Windows 10 backup, I noticed that the store app form Windows 10 is actually a different store app. The icon is dark and has an exclamation point in the corner of it. When I try to click on it I get a message that says "This app is no longer available. You should remove the tile from your start screen". I\’m sure that it isn\’t possible but I figured it couldn\’t hurt to ask.

There isn\’t a way, no. Even if you could, the Windows 10 apps wouldn\’t be able to run because Windows 8.1 doesn\’t support the Windows 10 APIs that the apps need.

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