Do I need to install Minecraft Launcher in order to use Minecraft Java?



  • I'm trying to install Minecraft for my son and would really appreciate some help - sorry this is so basic! My son has a Windows 10 laptop and we bought Minecraft Java from the Minecraft site. It seems to download a .exe file but when we try to open it we get the error code 0x803F8001

    Having done a bit of searching my questions are:

    1. Do we need to install Minecraft Launcher in order to install/use Minecraft Java?

    2. Does the Launcher have to come from the MS store?

    3. If download Launcher can you still use Java? ie - it doesn't force you to use Bedrock?

    Sorry again for basic questions. I use Mac - windows is a mystery to me, as is Minecraft!

    Thanks John



  • The Minecraft Launcher license is not currently available for your account. Make sure you're signed in to the Microsoft Store and try again. We include an error code if you need it: 0x803F8001.

    Minecraft has recently moved to a new launcher. Previously, you'd download an installer .exe from the https://www.minecraft.net , you'd run this installer file, and the Minecraft Launcher will be installed as an application on your Windows 10 machine.

    Now, the Launcher used to begin playing Minecraft: Java Edition is a purchasable app from the Microsoft Store. It's free, but you may not be able to get it if you did not buy Minecraft: Java Edition on the Minecraft website.

    Now, you bought a copy of Minecraft: Java Edition using a Microsoft account. Before you will be able to download the new Launcher app, you must sign into your Microsoft account within the Microsoft Store application. Type ms-windows-store://signin into your browser's address bar. It will activate the Microsoft Store login page.




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