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I want to buy Minecraft Windows 10 edition for my kids. If I buy it one time in the app store and install it on my computer, will it be available to all users on that computer? Or do I have to buy it separately for each user?

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    It's likely tied to the Microsoft Account used on the device. So if you are signed in on all the devices with the same account, you should be able to just download Minecraft and play (if this is how it works).
    – Timmy Jim
    May 12, 2017 at 15:03
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    ^ but if they each want their own accounts/usernames I think they'd have to buy their own accounts. But the game itself would be on the computer for all users if I understand correctly. - Also I disagree this is off topic as similar questions have been asked before about things like PSN and Steam.
    – n_plum
    May 12, 2017 at 15:10
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    You know what, I misread this. Missed the Minecraft reference entirely. I thought this was just about windows. Retracting close vote.
    – Frank
    May 12, 2017 at 15:17

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Actually, according to PC Gamer, you can share your Microsoft store game library with your family, including Minecraft. You can also play simultaneously on different devices.

You have to create a family group from your Microsoft account and add your kids to the family group (it can be done from Windows settings). They must have their own Microsoft accounts.

After the family group setup, it will be possible to download Minecraft in the other accounts.

It worked in my case (I was already managing my son's usage of computer and Android phone with a family group). I bought Minecraft using my son's account (I did not know the trick then), but I can download it using mine.

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NO, it will NOT be available to other users on the computer.

I have Minecraft Windows 10 Edition and unfortunately it's only for one user - the buyer. If You will log to the other account on the same PC it won't be available for second user. According to this link: Minecraft on multiple windows 10 PC logins

A game bought on Microsoft Store is available on multiple devices but only for the user account which bought it.

Even if you share the pc with other persons, they cannot play with your game on their own account. They can play on your account or they need to buy it for their personal account.

And I'm facing the same problem as You.

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  • So what I did so my son could play it (not on my profile) is log myself into the store account on a 2nd local profile and install it. I don't play Minecraft, and I also don't want him on my profile (because he doesn't have admin privileges on my computer in case he decides to find some viruses online) so effectively there's only one person using it.
    – b.pell
    Jul 19, 2020 at 16:22
  • Well I just leaved it as it is. But check this answear gaming.stackexchange.com/a/364403/239233
    – bumerang
    Jul 20, 2020 at 10:08
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If I buy it one time in the app store and install it on my computer, will it be available to all users on that computer?

Yes, it will be available to ALL users on the computer. When you purchase an app, you're merely buying the license to download it. Once downloaded, it can be used on any device by any user on those devices, similar to the Android and iOS app stores. What you won't be able to do, however, (without being logged in with an account that owns a license for it) is update, buy an in-app purchase or re-download it.

tl;dr — Can play, but no updates.

Fun fact: This is also how pooled accounts work (multiple people share an account and the split the bills on apps).

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This faq gives a good overview, on the one hand giving solutions to set up separate local worlds folders if multiple people play on the same computer login, and on the other hand mentioning that "you can also just create a different computer user account", so it seems it will be available to all users on that computer.

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  • Hi Legolas, it would be helpful if you could add the relevant information from your source to your answer, especially where it deviates from or adds to the already existing answers.
    – Joachim
    Feb 24, 2020 at 11:46
  • I would but I don't have time to experiment and the instructions are not 100% clear to me. I will update if I do get the time. But the important part is that the official faq actually suggests making different computer accounts, which is what the original question was wondering about, I think. (so that's why I quoted that short bit.)
    – Legolas
    Feb 26, 2020 at 18:53

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