Last week, Microsoft removed the ability to view or purchase new Windows Phone apps from the Zune Desktop app, causing a stir among users. While Windows Phone users can still get podcasts, videos, and music, the only apps available are Zune HD users
(who have no other way to get applications ). Instead, users are instructed to use the Web Marketplace or store on their phone, like most users.
We reported an interesting hack the other day that brings back the Marketplace, but it was a bit confusing and required a config file to be intercepted on the server.
Today, reader Thomas W. sent us a simple registry trick on your PC that can bring Marketplace back in no time. All it takes is to add a new key with a new DWORD and you’ll be fine. If you have a registry editor on your computer, just do this:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ Microsoft\Zune
- Create KEY: FeaturesOverride
Now restart Zune Desktop and your Marketplace will be back. Of course, such a trick will disappear when Microsoft updates the Zune or they disable the feature permanently somehow. But for now, we’ve been able to successfully try out and purchase apps just like before.
While we personally don’t use much for this app purchase method, your needs may differ, so get started!