How to correct Windows 8 app stuck on pending
When working on a test windows 8 system, I had a Windows 8 App update stuck on “Pending” status even after a leaving it for a week.
To workaround this problem use the following from a command prompt running as administrator.
net stop wuauserv
(stops windows update service)
rename c:\windows\softwaredistribution softwaredistribution.old
(Rename the Windows App Download folder to .old forcing Windows to create a new fresh download folder)
net start wuauserv
(starts windows update service and downloads a fresh copy of the app)
If you get a “access is denied” when trying to rename the folder check to see if the windows store is still open or switch to safe mode and change the folder that way.