When you try to install Skype for Windows Desktop latest version (Skype 8.20), it will give you an error “Please install Skype from the Microsoft Store for the best experience“. We will look at ways to install Skype for Windows Desktop without encountering this error.
Microsoft is pushing Windows Store apps and one of those apps seems to be Skype. Skype app is quite limited and people have a learning curve while they switch from Skype for Windows Desktop 7.40 to Skype app. If you download the latest version of Skype for Desktop 8.17, it will refuse to install giving you the following error.
This error comes if you are running Windows 10 Versions 1607, 1703 and 1709. It will install successfully if you are running Windows 10 1511, Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 7. This will force the user to use the already installed Skype Windows app. A new web page will open automatically open taking you to Skype Windows app installation page.
Fixing Please install Skype from the Microsoft Store for the best experience error
Let’s discuss about two ways which will enable us to install Skype for Desktop latest version without giving the above mentioned error.
Install Skype for Desktop silently
The first method of installing Skype for Desktop 8.xx or above is to run the installer setup with silent switch. To run the installing without encountering the above mentioned error, follow the steps below:
Drag the downloaded setup file to command prompt window. This will copy the executable path in command prompt window. Alternatively, you can also press Shift and then right-click the setup file and select “Copy as path” and then paste it in cmd window.
Append /silent switch after the path as shown in the screenshot below.
Press enter and the setup will start and complete without user intervention.
If you don’t want to see the setup progress then you may use /verysilent switch will not even show the progress windows and will install Skype silently and invisibly.
Using compatibility mode to install Skype
Since Skype setup will only give you an error when you have installed specific version of Windows 10 (1607, 1703 and 1709, 1803 or above), you can easily run the Skype setup file in compatibility mode and it should run without any issues. To run Skype in compatibility mode, follow the instructions below: