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Fix for Error “Your Developer’s License has Expired. To Continue to use this App, Please Renew your License” After Performing a System Restore

March 12, 2013

If after performing a system restore, many of the Apps on the Start page won’t open, and you’re getting the error message “Your Developer’s License has Expired. To Continue to use this App, Please Renew your License”, there’s 2 techniques that can work for you.

Technique 1: Reinstall each app individually.

This could take a while, and unless it’s just a single app, this likely isn’t the easiest way to approach the problem.

Technique 2: Sync your app licenses.

The full details are here, http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/what-troubleshoot-problems-app, but I’ll include a summary.

On the Start screen, find the Store app to open the Windows Store.


Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
(If you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right or lower-left corners of the screen, move the mouse pointer, and then click Settings.)


Tap or click App updates. If you haven’t signed in to the Windows Store, sign in using your Microsoft account.


Tap or click Sync licenses.


Once your app is either reinstalled or the license is synced, it should start to work again normally.

13 Responses

  1. Dave says:

    Thankyou very much for this, the only addition I would suggest is that you update your App’s (IF you have any to update) BEFORE you Sync, otherwise it may not work.

    Thanks again, very helpful.

  2. Shannon says:

    Both of your comments together totally helped me figure this out. dealing with malware and all that fun stuff, restore reset my apps and i couldn’t figure out how to get them going again.. then found this, thank you both! one problem fixed 🙂

  3. Jim says:

    This worked. Use the app updates first, then do the sync. Thanks.

  4. Marlena says:

    I’m having this problem but I can’t even open the windows store, it just says loading. When I go into that page (the loading screen) and click on app updates, nothing happens. Any suggestions?

  5. PT says:

    Marlena, I have to same problem. Can’t even get the store to open and no response to “app updates”

  6. Lona says:

    Thanks a million, it worked!

  7. rosa says:

    Thank you so much for your help, was so clear and rigth.

  8. Malcolm says:

    Thank you very much, it resolved my headache straight away. Easy and quick to do.

  9. Tria says:

    Thanks a lot for the information, I followed the steps and my problem is solved.

  10. John says:

    Thanks simple easy to use directions. Saved me from completely restoreing my computer.

  11. Nhut Pham says:

    Excuse me but the sync won’t work can you help me more about that 🙂

  12. PeterE says:

    You made it so easy to resolve. Thank you.

  13. Andrew says:

    What about in Windows 10? They removed the ability to sync apps and now I am stuck. I did try doing the wsreset cmd, but that did not help.

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