How to Reinstall Microsoft Store and other Preinstalled Apps in Windows 10?

How do I fix the Microsoft store? How do you fix Windows Store isn’t available right now? All these issues can be fixed by resetting or reinstalling the apps. Microsoft ships Windows 10 with many UWP apps, and a few may not work or not open after a certain use. Unlike the traditional desktop apps, built-in apps can’t be removed via the Settings app. We need to either use the native PowerShell to uninstall default apps or using a third-party tool you can remove native apps from Windows 10.

You may want to reinstall Store, Mail, Paint, Paint 3D, or any other preinstalled app; all these apps can be reinstalled using the Powershell command. It is also useful if you have accidentally uninstalled the Store app or any other app and now want to restore it. Several times, reinstalling the app also helps in fixing issues that come preinstalled in Windows 10.

In this gearupwindows article, we will learn the following:-

  1. Reinstalling or Resetting Store app via Settings
  2. Reinstall individual apps using PowerShell
  3. Reinstalling all default apps at once through PowerShell

How to Reinstall the Store app via Settings?

The below-mentioned method will work on Windows 10 version 1803 and above only.

Step 1. Open the Settings app.

Step 2. In the Settings app that opens, click the Apps category.

Step 3. Select Apps & features.

Step 4. Scroll down on the right side pane, and click on Microsoft Store entry.

Step 5. Click the link Advanced options.

Step 6. Please scroll down to see the Reset button and click on it to perform the reset.

Once you perform the above steps, the Microsoft Store app will be reinstalled, and its settings will be reset to its default.

How to Reinstall individual apps using PowerShell?

Step 1. Open PowerShell with super rights.

To launch the PowerShell, click on the Start button and type PowerShell. Right-click on PowerShell entry and then select Run as administrator option.

Step 2. In the Windows PowerShell prompt, type the following command and press Enter key from the keyboard:

Get-Appxpackage –Allusers

Step 3. Scroll down to see the Microsoft Store app entry and copy the PackageFullName. If you want to reinstall any other app, find its entry and copy its PackageFullName. To copy a package name, select the PackageFullName and press Ctrl + C to copy.

Step 4. Finally, execute the following command in the PowerShell prompt:-

Add-AppxPackage -register "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\PackageCodeName\appxmanifest.xml" -DisableDevelopmentMode

In the above command, replace <PackageFullName> with the package name of the Windows Store or any other app that you copied in Step 3. Further, replace “C” with the drive letter where Windows 10 is installed.

For instance, my command will be the following:-

Add-AppxPackage -register "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.WindowsStore_12104.1001.1.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\appxmanifest.xml" -DisableDevelopmentMode

How to Reinstall all default apps at once through PowerShell?

Please note that by reinstalling all default apps that ship with Windows 10, you might lose data stored in apps and their settings too. You need to configure store apps again.

Step 1. Open PowerShell with administrative rights.

To launch the PowerShell, click on the Start button and type PowerShell. Right-click on PowerShell entry and then select Run as administrator option.

Step 2. In the Windows PowerShell prompt, type the following command and press Enter key from the keyboard:

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers| Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

After executing the above steps, it will take some time to reinstall all the default apps. You might see some errors during the deployment of apps that you need to ignore. Please wait for the command to complete its job.

If none of the above methods helps you, create a new user account. All the default apps should work in the new user account.

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