Edit: After half day, my wife’s Mac started having the same problem. I have then applied the solution that I found in the Apple
Restoring Mac Apps from the Store
Just like how iOS app store goes, the Mac App Store also permits you to again download the stuff you have already bought. And thus you can use the apps with the same account. To restore all the lost apps, you should have a list of the purchased items. To obtain a list, select ‘Purchases’ from ‘Store’. Now you can press the Install buttons next to each purchased app.
Unluckily, downloading software again from Mac App Store seems like you have to buy the stuff once again. This is because it means giving your credit card details once again. When you enter the card details, it is then when Apple checks if you have already purchased the app and you receive this message:
This leads to poor user experience, because it should check your account before you enter your credit card details. Let’s hope this ‘bug’ will be removed with the next releases made in the App Store. This also goes for iTunes store- you think you will have to pay two times, while they don’t charge anything the second time.
This gives rise to new problems because when you buy a thing for the second time, there are incidents when the new download creates issues. For example, if you face the ‘403 Forbidden’ problem, you might have to get in touch with the iTunes or Mac App customer support.
The support lines prompt you to leave a message and then they contact you within a few hours. And you have to agree – their staff is really supportive and helpful.
So if you ever lose your Mac apps, you don’t have to worry – just go and re-download them. Don’t be scared, you wouldn’t be charged twice. We hope you don’t lose any apps in the first place so there is no need to restore them. But just in case you do, you know what steps to follow.
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