Steam is not the only place where you can install games from. There are many other platforms or apps that can run games e.g., Xbox and the Xbox app or also the Microsoft Store. Admittedly, no one really goes to the Microsoft Store in order to look for games, however, some games can only be found there. Even if you guys have a preference for Steam though, then you might still have one or two games from the Microsoft Store. If so, then you might want to add those Microsoft Store games to Steam as well. Here’s how. Just read this article to know all about How to Add Windows Store Games to Steam – Tutorial.
Steam also lets you add non-Steam games, however, Microsoft Store apps won’t show up in the list. There’s a little hack to getting around it, however, it does not seem to work on Windows 10 1809 actually. It is still possible to add Microsoft Store games to Steam and the process is actually much more simple too.
Windows Store Games to Steam
In order to add Microsoft Store games on Steam, you have to download and install an app that is called UWPHook. Just run the app and from the list of installed apps, choose the game you want to add to Steam. Then tap on the ‘Export selected apps to Steam’ button as well. If you guys have Steam running, quit it from the System Tray and then run the app too. Open Steam and tap on Library. The game should show up in your library as well. When you tap on the Play button, it will then launch the game.
Whenever you guys add games to Steam, the time you play the game is logged there actually. Other than that, there are no other advantages to this. If you guys want, then you can also set categories for the game. If you ever want to delete the app from Steam, then it’s easy. Open the app, head to your Library, and then right-tap on the game. From the context menu, just choose the ‘Delete shortcut’ option, and then the game will be gone.
If you guys have other games, i.e., non-Microsoft Store games that you want to add to Steam, then you can also do that. All you guys have to do is go to your Steam Library and tap on the little plus button at the bottom. Choose ‘Add a non-Steam game’ from the menu and then select the EXE of the game that you want to add.
This limitation with Microsoft Store games is only there since the games are UWP apps and they have limitations that normal desktop apps don’t really have. It’s basically the absence of an EXE file that avoids Steam from finding it and adding it to its library as well.
Add Microsoft Store Games to Steam with UWPHook
If you guys would like to add Microsoft Store games to Steam along with UWPHook, then abide by the given steps.
- Optionally, users should be able to add Universal Windows Platforms MS Store games to Steam via UWPHook software. Choose Download Now on UWPHook’s Softpedia window as well.
- You should open the installer of UWPHook, choose ‘I agree’ tick box then choose the Install tab.
- Thereafter, you have to open the UWPHook screen.
- You have to select ‘Load installed UWP Apps.
- Head to the UWP game applications listed in order to add to Steam.
- You should select Export selected Apps to Steam’ as well.
- Now, just open the Steam program. This should contain the Microsoft Store applications chosen in UWPHook actually.