Windows 8.0 / 8.1 / 10 Sometimes I want to go directly to check for App updates in the Windows Store. This is how I do it with a custom shortcut. CREATE A SHORTCUT TO UPDATE WINDOWS STORE APPS 1. From the desktop, Context-click (right-click) New, Shortcut 2) Type in this: Code: %comspec% /c start ms-windows-store:updates 3. Click Next, then Give the shortcut a name, such as "App Updates", Finish. I customized the icon for my shortcut with "Store.ico", which is available from here. Create a new shortcut. Shortcut created. Here's how it works.