omg they finally did it pissed off msstore just now updated on https://discord.com/invite/PSO2
Aida EnnaToday at 1:26 PM Hello @NA! Exciting news! We've developed a way to install the game without involving the Windows Store - This means you can install it from scratch using the Tweaker, anywhere you want and on any drive. This also theoretically fixes the Windows Store nuking it (theoretically, since it sidesteps the issue entirely. We've tested it through numerous reboots, crashes, etc). Happy days! This will install a standalone version of Phantasy Star Online 2 NA \o/
Please note that, for now, you still need the Windows Store installed to launch the game (which is done through Tweaker). We don't know if that will change.
Before we get into the how, let's go over some questions I'm sure you are all going to ask.
Q: Does the Windows Store still think I have the game installed?
A: Yes. You can also launch it through there if you want, as well as leave reviews and ratings because you own the game.
Q: Does this break microtransactions?
A: Nope! I was able to buy 20 SG twice with 0 issues (except for a bit of wait, but that's normal!). You can also login/swap accounts like normal.
Q: Will this fix any Windows Store errors?
A: This will fix the -2147467259: The system cannot find the file specified error and possibly other ones!
Q: I want to just launch the game when I open the Tweaker.
A: You can do that! Just launch the Tweaker with the "-pso2" flag.
A quick tl;dr of the setup instructions for existing installations is available below, and a longer and more in-depth version for new installs is available at http://na.arks-layer.com/setup.html (edited)
[1:26 PM] Please note: If you're feeling technically inclined (and lucky!), you can backup your pso2_bin\data\ folder somewhere, then close the Tweaker when it starts patching, paste the data folder into the new install (overwriting the files there), then open the tweaker and force it to check again. However, a fresh install (not copying any files from the store install) is highly recommended so that you don't run into dumb permission issues.
Please note that, although this has been tested numerous times, there's always a chance something can go wrong. Hop over to #na-tech-support if you can't get something working, and we'll sort you out!
Update your Tweaker to 126.96.36.199.
Reset the Tweaker settings by going to Tweaker Settings -> Reset. Once it reopens, follow the directions to install NA. (Hit no to the guide, then select "I don't have PSO2 installed", then select "NA".) !!!Do not install PSO2 into the ModifiableWindowsApps\pso2_bin\ folder!!!
Follow the directions until the program restarts and starts to patch.
Enable Developer mode in Windows 10 - This is required to install the game and link it to the Windows store https://www.howtogeek.com/292914/what-is-developer-mode-in-windows-10/.
Once it finishes patching, download this file: https://arks-layer.com/docs/pso2_winstore_fix.ps1. Put it in your PHANTASYSTARONLINE2 folder (not your pso2_bin folder, the one above it!). Right click it and select "Run with powershell". It may prompt you about changing a policy - Just hit Y. Wait until it says "Fixes complete!", then press any key.
Rename your Program Files\ModifiableWindowsApps\pso2_bin folder just to make sure it doesn't try to launch from there for some reason.
Hit "Start PSO2" and enjoy!
Optional final steps: 7) Turn developer mode back off (It's only needed for the initial install/linking) Clean up all the old Windows Store folders and junk data on your computer and get that space back! \o/