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How to Use The US Windows 8 Store From Another Country


Have you ever searched for an app only to find that its not available in your country? Luckily for us there is a work around for the Windows Store.

How to use the US Windows Store from Another Country

Press the Win + X keyboard combination, or right click in the bottom left hand corner of your screen to open the WinX menu, then launch the Control Panel.


Now change the Control Panel’s view to the Small icons view.


Then head into the Region settings.


When the Region settings open you will need to switch over to the Location tab.


Here you will be able to see the location that the Windows Store, as well as other applications , is using. You can change it by simply selecting United States from the drop down.


That’s all there is to it.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 12/14/12

Comments (6)

  1. Paul

    Isn’t that fraud? If you’re not supposed to get it in your country, but then you alter your PC to fraudulently represent your location?

  2. nidzo

    I can’t believe it’s so easy to bypass. Microsoft can’t be that stupid?!?

  3. DC1

    Fraud??!! It’s just a simple setting in Windows, it’s not a hack or anything….

  4. NSDCars5

    It is that stupid. For more stupidness, open the Run box (Win + R) and type “cm” and press Enter. You’ll be surprised :P

  5. xCreeze

    I followed all the steps but it still doesn’t work. I’m using Windows 8 Release Preview.

  6. Aether

    @xCreeze that’s because the Store on the previews is not the same Store accessed on the final version, and this probably only works on Windows 8 final.

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