Windows 11: No need to sign into the Xbox app to install a game

Microsoft continues to improve the experience offered by Windows 11 through various preview versions of the OS available to members of the Insider Program. With the latest rolled out build 22207.1401.X, the Redmond-based company is making two notable changes, including one related to game installation.

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Microsoft regularly releases new preview builds of Windows 11 to Insiders. With these builds, the manufacturer is trying to somehow improve the user experience of their latest OS.

Indeed, Redmond’s firm has just published a new version on the Dev channel as 22207.1401.X. This build contains two notable changes: screenshots in Microsoft Store search results and a fix for a major game installation issue.

Regarding the first point, you can now display screenshots in Microsoft Store search results to improve your browsing experience. It is convenient, for example, to see how the game actually looks if you are not 100% sure about the screenshots provided by the publisher or studio. Please note that the Microsoft Store will only show the first screenshot and there is no option to open the list first.

Read also: Windows 11 – Major Update 22H2 will roll out in September 2022.

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You no longer need the Xbox app to install a game on Windows 11.

As for the second point, Microsoft has finally decided to solve one of the main problems faced by players who are used to buying games through the Microsoft Store. After all, on a stable version of the OS, you still need to go through the Xbox application to install the game purchased from the official OS store.

In this build, Microsoft fixed the issue by allowing users to install PC games directly from the Microsoft Store. So we’re eliminating the intermediate step of going through the Xbox app and simplifying the setup process along the way. As a reminder, Microsoft recently announced a fix for a bug that prevented the Microsoft Store from managing more than 2,000 app, software, or game reviews.

This issue was resolved with an update released on August 9, 2022, and the counter now shows the actual number of reviews posted. Apparently, this was an old technical limitation that prevented more than 2,000 opinions from being displayed, as explained by Rudy Hyun, chief architect of the Microsoft Store.

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