How to reinstall Microsoft Store Apps in Windows 10

Till now, we have seen many issues in which users were having trouble using Windows Store Apps in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1. Sometimes, the apps refuse to start and take you back to the Start Screen. In some other scenarios, you may receive This app can’t open error. In yet other cases, users are not able to update existing apps to solve the issues they’re experiencing with the current version. In all such cases, there is one thing you can try, and that is to re-register or reinstall the Microsoft Store apps.

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If the system apps are unable to start due to issues with the user account, the problem can be solved by creating a new admin account, because Windows automatically sets apps to factory defaults for new accounts. Re-registering of apps is an offline operation, and you don’t need to stay connected to the Internet for that. It can be done via executing a simple command in Windows PowerShell. If you’re facing issues with multiple issues with apps on your system, try to re-register the apps and get rid of the issues.

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Let us see how to re-register or reinstall the Microsoft Store & Windows Store apps in Windows 10. This can help fix This app can’t open and other problems. You have three ways tp do this:

  1. Run a PowerShell command
  2. Use Windows Settings
  3. Use 10AppsManager.

Now let us see the procedures in details.

1] Run a PowerShell command

Create a System Restore Point first.

Then press WinKey+Q, type powershell and select Windows PowerShell from the results, right-click on it and choose Run as administrator.

In the administrative Windows PowerShell window, type following command and hit Enter key then:

Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}


Once the command is successfully executed, you can close Windows PowerShell and reboot the machine.

This will reinstall all the apps. This is also useful if you find that your Microsoft Store app is missing.

After restarting the system, problems with apps on your Windows should be fixed.

2] Use Windows Settings

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Open the Start Menu and click on the Settings icon. Next, go to Apps > Apps & features. Identify the app which is not working properly and click on it. You will see Advanced options.

Finally, click on the Reset button to initiate the process to reset the app. When you do this, the app data will be deleted, and the app will be reinstalled with default settings. This is useful if you want to reinstall a aprticular app.

3] Use 10AppsManager

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10AppsManager is a freeware that will allow you to easily uninstall and reinstall any of the default, built-in, preinstalled Windows Store apps in Windows 10.

All the best.

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