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For some reason I have an app that thinks it has new updates, which it does not currently and refuses to do its job. I have to completely uninstall it. Where does windows 8 use as storage for apps/info of apps ?

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The MSDN page at MSDN/windows/apps/windows.applicationmodel links to "Package" and "PackageVersion". PackageVersion seems to be what we want to be looking at, but both pages have the following at the bottom:

 Metadata       Windows.winmd 

Googling for Windows.winmd gives me this Wikipedia page (oldid'd for futureproofing), which states

The API definitions are, however, stored in ".winmd" files, which are encoded in ECMA 335 metadata format

How about you try searching for those files? I don't have a Win8 to experiment on right now.

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