CrystalDiskMark 5 is the latest Centennial app to hit the Windows Store

Microsoft's Project Centennial lets developers bring their "classic" desktop apps to the Windows Store for the first time. The system works by repacking Win32 executables with the new .appx designation. Additionally, devs can hook into Window 10's growing API list for Cortana, notifications, Live Tiles, and more.

In the last few days, we noticed that CrystalDiskMark 5 is now available. For those who don't know, CrystalDiskMark 5 is a very popular disk benchmarking tool. The free app is used by many – including us – to measure the read and write times of hard drive and solid-state drives in laptops and PCs. Since all drives are not created equal using this app gives you a good idea of the sequential read and write times using various settings.

While you always search for the CrystalDiskMark 5 webpage, download the zip and install the app it is a much easier process just to use the Store. Also, the developer can now publish and push updates to users directly, which was not possible before as a standalone app.

Hopefully, we'll see more "classic" apps like this grace the Windows Store. It's not only great for consumers to find apps and games, but it helps developers gain more attention too.

Note: Like all Centennial apps this is only compatible with Windows 10 PCs running the Anniversary Update.

Download CrystalDiskMark 5 from the Windows Store (opens in new tab)

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  • This is actually really cool! This is a great tool to test your HDD speeds out and to give you an idea if your drive may be having issues. I'm very happy to see this hit the store!
  • "While you always search for the CrystalDiskMark 5 webpage, download the zip and install the app..." In 20 years when the Windows Store matures, looking back, you would be sort of describing sideloading Win32 apps. :)  
  • I already have it on a usb stick, but I just downloaded from the store to show support.
  • USB Sticks are not safe, specially if your'e working on PC Technical support, it's much safer to install an app from a safe location like Windows store.
  • I use the launcher, safe and quite convenient.
  • Oh man that reminds of the days of Sandisk U3 where you could install software on USB drives :)
  • You can do that with any pen drive using PortableApps. Although, U3 was very irritating when I used to have a SanDisk drive with auto-popups being detected as virus by other computers, etc.
  • I love the idea of clean uninstalls. I might use this when I get a new hard disk but then I can delete it with no consequences.
  • Okay, I have to wonder if there are any performance differences between running this as a native Win32 app, or a UWP app?  For benchmarking software, that's kinda critical.
  • It would be interesting to have it tested
  • No noticeable performance differences, in my test. The red themed one is from the UWP app.
  • This is awesome really, getting certified Win32 apps from big developers like Crystal Dew World will encourage more companies to have their apps migrated to Centenial so they can be available on the Store.  This is also a great measure of increasing security, so that Windows users can install most Win32 software from secure channels like Windows Store.   
  • nice
  • More invasions from win32 to appx are welcome!
  • The cool thing is, they've released the .appx packages for download too, so even people that hate the app store can side load it and still take advantage of the appx install.
  • Oh neat, yeah MS said that'd be an option for companies who want to host it themselves.
  • APPX downloads are here -
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  • Great news. This had been one of my standard Win32 apps. Love that it's now in the store. Just installed it and it ran perfectly. I think we're close to no longer needing to go searching the web for Windows apps -- just go to the Store. Still not how most people think of getting PC software, but I expect there will be a critical mass of apps, and once we hit that threshold, the switchover will be sudden and web-distributed apps will quickly fade to a few isolated cases.
  • and yet the people I know that uses windows 10 never use the app store, some of them did not know it existed until I told them. It seems only a few people seems to have any interest in the App store and what it offers. Even if i used windows ten I would not use the app store, prefer installing the normal way.  
  • @ad47uk, that's probably the most common view right now. But it will change over time. Several years ago, a majority people similarly said they wouldn't want to install programs from the Internet; that wasn't safe. If the program didn't come on a disk, they wouldn't want it. Just as people shifted to downloading, because it's easier than going out and getting a physical disk, installing from the Store is easier (and safer) than searching the Interent and installing. Aside from being safe and free of malware, apps from the Store also auto-update and can be uninstalled easier and more cleanly than old-style apps. Because they are basically better in all ways, over time, as more people gain awareness, installing from the Store will become the norm.
  • This auto updating is not all it cracked up to be, it is not just about security updates, it is sometimes about changing the look and also chaging the features in the software. I do not know if there is an option in windows store to stop updates, going by the way MS seems to want to control how people do things on windows 10 I would say no. If i download and install the software i do not have to update it, I have an old version of foxti for instance, because the newer versions have added to much and got rid of the option to have a normal menu. so if foxit  was a app in the store it would be updated even if i did not want it to be.Ok I now found another PDF reader that someone pointed to me, called sumatra, it is basic and does the job, but you get the meaning. Most software uninstalls ok, I think the days when a ton of stuff was left on the computer after uninstalling have more or less left us.  The other problem with this not getting software on media and this goes for any software that needs to be downloaded, what if the computer you want to put the software on is not on the net? Not so bad for most software at the moment, I could say go and buy paintshop pro using this computer, download it onto a memory stick and then install it on the the other computer. that works if i got another computer on the net. The problem with the store is that there is no way people could do that, so the computer you want to use the software on have to be connected to the net and believ it or not there are still machiens out there that is not connected. a mate of mine have 3 computers, only one is connected to the net, a friend of mine have an Apple pro, not connected to the net, she have other Apples that are, but not the pro. At the moment with UWP software you can maybe get them off the producers website like with CrystalDiskMark and stick it onto a USB stick and install it onto the computer, but the problem is, there is no instructions how to do this and I done a search juist to see how easy it is, i can not find anything about how to install a UWP app that does not come from the store. The other problem is how long will MS allow that to happen, who is to say that eventualy MS will say, all UWP apps will be from the store, simple as that and to get to it you will need a MS account? sure at the moment you can acess the store without a MS account, but if more software goes into the store, I can see MS making forcing a MS account onto people.  The other thing is that what is to stop Ms frcing a subscription for software that is in the store? The store givce Micrsoft too much control, but then this is what Windows 10 is all about, give Micrsoft control and we just follow like shepp, or so they think. I will stay with Windows 8.1.            
  • Hmm, I found an issue. Doesn't support saving reports to network locations if the path name is set using DFS. That's probably only an issue for a subset of domain and business users, but an interesting problem. I wonder if this is an issue with the UWP or Centennial API (in which case all Store or Centennial apps will suffer the same problem) or if it's something specific to CrystalDiskMark.
  • I really would install more stuff in my computer if I could safely removed whenever I want.  That's so appealing in UWP apps.  Great job from bringing more and more apps to the store.
  • Nice!!!
  • i hope Adobe can see this!
  • Nice! :D Just installed it. Btw my results are depressingly low compared to the ones shown on the screenshot :D
  • I have a genuine question about this - why doesn't Microsoft just allow Win32 apps to be hosted in the Windows Store as is?  I understand they won't get to take advantage of the UWP API for things such as live tiles, etc. as mentioned in the article.  But if these apps are going to be for PC only, and the store already has a way of clearly showing which platforms an app will work on, why not just allow Win32 apps as is?  Unless the store just isn't engineered to allow it.  It would just seem an easy way for PC only devs to get their apps on the store, and I think it would help with gettings games on the Windows Store quicker.
  • It would ruin the sandboxed/safe env. that apps from the store runs in. If you allow "real" win32 code to run, the game haven't changed, then you still get all the unlimited mess these win32 programs create by walking around in the registration database as they please and I would personally stop trustning anything that wasn't branded as a Made for Windows 10 and runs everywhere.
  • Wicked !
  • Have Centennial apps stopped BSODing PCs yet? I'm hesitant to try them after my 1st go around.
  • What is this BSODing you speak of?
    I have yet to run into BSOD since my Windows 7 days.
  • Blue Screen of Death. 20 years ago, when Windows crashed it would display a blue screen with a error message.
  • They are working fine for me.
  • OK thanks I'll try again I guess. 
  • The last time I had any BSoD at all, was when I had a bad memory module. It was many, many years ago. 
  • I'm sorry to say that I downloaded this from the store and tried to run it on my Acer Aspire S7 but it crashed it totally... I've had to use a recovery disc etc... What is going on Microsoft!!?? Anyone else had any problems?
  • If you actually used Windows at all - you clearly don't, you're trolling - you'd know it's pretty much impossible to KO your installation like that. 
  • Arrogant reply.... I'm telling you that's what happened.. I'm no troll, I'm totally on windows actually.. First time I've downloaded a centennial app, totally crashed... BSOD.....I'm really not interested if the likes of you believe me or not... It seems that others may have had problems too, that's the point of a forum, not this constant slagging off of other perfectly legitimate people posting their findings...
  • Except you don't need a recovery disk to get back from a BSOD, you just restart the PC. I know trolling and griefing when I see it. Either that or you're a complete idiot. 
  • You're a sad case, talking total cr*p...... you seem to know everything without any facts at all.... I'm really not interested in your arrogant views.......
  • Really nice! This really should be the future for Windows. Any other Centennial app I can install?
  • Nope, it reeally should not be the futre of Windows,  
  • Never thought of installing/downloading this app, but with it easily uninstalled and forgotten about witnout any headaches, gonna give it a shot and see how my Surface Pro 2's SSD is doing.