How to reinstall preinstalled apps in Windows 10

After upgrading to Windows 10, if you find that most of your preinstalled Windows Store apps are not opening or working properly, you have to option to reinstall them all. We have seen how to completely uninstall preinstalled Windows Store Apps. Today we will see how to reinstall all the default preinstalled apps in Windows 10.

Reinstall preinstalled apps on Windows 10

Reinstall preinstalled apps in Windows 10

First download Reinstall-preinstalledApps.zip from Microsoft. Having done this, extract its contents to your Desktop.

Next, open an elevated Windows Powershell prompt, type the following command and hit Enter:

CD C:\Users\username\Desktop

Remember to replace username with your own username.

Now enter this command and hit Enter:

Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted

This will temporarily allow unsigned PowerShell scripts to execute.

Now type the following command and hit Enter:

.\reinstall-preinstalledApps.ps1

This will execute the script, and all your default preinstalled Store apps will get reinstalled.

If you try to install an app that is already installed, it will be skipped without an error.

Now check if the app has been reinstalled and can be launched.

Once you have done the job, re-enable enforcement for signed PowerShell scripts by typing executing the following command:

Set-ExecutionPolicy AllSigned

Source: MSDN.

Incidentally, our 10AppsManager will let you easily uninstall and reinstall Windows Store apps in Windows 10.

We will next see what you can do if you find that the Windows Store app is missing in Windows 10.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

30 Comments

  1. Aziz

    it didnt help me 🙁

    keeps saying “cannot find the path error”

    where else could those apps be stores?

  2. Make sure you have read the post and followed the instructions carefully.

  3. TRFS

    I also am unable to use the directions you describe above; even though I have successfully downloaded to my profile and verified the .ps1 file is there, the path is correct, when I run the command here is a sample of the output (where [username] is my correct username) :

    ======================================
    Attempting to register package: Microsoft.WindowsStore_2015.825.14.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    Add-AppxPackage : Cannot find path ‘C:Program
    FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.WindowsStore_2015.825.14.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbweAppxMetadataAppxBundleManifest.xml’
    because it does not exist.
    At C:users[username]Downloadsreinstall-preinstalledApps.ps1:35 char:2
    + Add-AppxPackage -register $PackagePath -DisableDevelopmentMode
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (C:Program File…dleManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], ItemNotFou
    ndException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : PathNotFound,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

    =========================

    All of the outputs for all the packages yield similar results, it’s not just the previous poster. I have the same experience.

    Thanks,
    TRFS

  4. If you need more clarifications, maybe the source which I have mentioned in the post, will help you: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/mt185364%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

  5. Jips1971

    I also had the same issues, so I ran the following from an elevated powershell and all default apps were reinstalled

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

  6. Vane Montezuma

    I get a message saying the term “.reinstall-preinstalledApp.ps1” is not recognized. I’ve followed this tutorial and tried it several times, but I keep getting this message.

  7. Daniel chief

    It works for me not :

    Attempting to register package: Microsoft.WindowsStore_2015.1005.14.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    Add-AppxPackage : Der Pfad “C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.WindowsStore_2015.1005.14.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbweAppxMetadataAppxBundleManifest.xml” kann nicht gefunden werden, da er nicht vorhanden ist.
    In C:UsersGeneral CH13FDesktopreinstall-preinstalledApp.ps1:35 Zeichen:2
    + Add-AppxPackage -register $PackagePath -DisableDevelopmentMode
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (C:Program File…dleManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], ItemNotFoundException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : PathNotFound,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

    i did all like the tutorial but… no way!!

  8. Mante851

    Type “.reinstall-preinstalledApps.ps1”, it should be the problem.

  9. Tom H

    It doesn’t work… Anyone can help? Windows is installed on my C: drive, while my user profile, documents, downloads, desktop, anything which is not software is on my D: drive. Could that be part of the problem? It is quite annoying not to have apps like Photo (which I use a lot to cut scansand downloads), and I can’t even download it since the AppStore has vanished as well.

    It says this about 15 times or so, each time with a different app:

    Attempting to register package: Microsoft.Appconnector_2015.707.550.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    Add-AppxPackage : Cannot find path ‘C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.Appconnector_2015.707.550.0_neutral_~_8wekyb
    3d8bbweAppxMetadataAppxBundleManifest.xml’ because it does not exist.
    At D:Usersfluffy82Desktopreinstall-preinstalledApps.ps1:35 char:2
    + Add-AppxPackage -register $PackagePath -DisableDevelopmentMode
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (C:Program File…dleManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], ItemNotFou
    ndException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : PathNotFound,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

  10. Tom H

    Ok, I managed to have all the apps back. But they don’t work. When I try to open the Store, it just flashes and closes again. When I try to open an image in Photos, it says my image is in an unknown location, while it opens perfectly in Picture Viewer or other programs.

    I have been a Windows fan since the early 1990’s, but it is getting on my nerves now… Even the calculator was uninstalled (it’s back now, but doesn’t open).

  11. Brian

    All of them worked but the store

  12. Brian

    Add-AppxPackage : Cannot find path ‘C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.WindowsStore_2015.2524.4.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbweAppxMetadataAppxBundleManifest.xml’ because it does not exist
    At C:UsersBrianDesktopreinstall-preinstalledApps.ps1:35 char:2
    + Add-AppxPackage -register $PackagePath -DisableDevelopmentMode
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (C:Program File…dleManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], ItemNotFoundException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : PathNotFound,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

  13. Douglas Scott

    i get red text that says failed and when i launched the windows store it shows a blue screen with text i cant read in time and then it vanishes so did my app what do i do i cant reinstall the app

  14. BenoĂźt Nms

    Here my prob :

    [URL=http://www.hostingpics.net/viewer.php?id=119746w10.jpg][IMG]http://img11.hostingpics.net/pics/119746w10.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

    and here the result :

    Add-AppxPackage : Échec du dĂ©ploiement avec HRESULT : 0x80073CF9, Échec de l’installation. Contactez votre fournisseur de logiciel. (Exception de HRESULT : 0x80073CF9)

    Erreur non spécifiée

    REMARQUE : pour obtenir des informations supplémentaires, recherchez [ActivityId] 6324728f-7d12-0001-8a57-2563127dd101 dans le journal des événements ou utilisez la ligne de commande Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 6324728f-7d12-0001-8a57-2563127dd101

    Au caractĂšre Ligne:1 : 1

    + Add-AppxPackage -register “C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.Win …

    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (C:Program File…ppxManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], IOException

    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageMana ger.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

  15. Óliver Fernández Avellaneda

    That helped me. Thank you so much! I was trying to free space from my hard drive and deleted what seemed to be a cache folder for Windows 10 Apps. But I found it was not the cache but the actual Apps, including the Windows Store App! Fortunetally this post helped me recover the preinstalled Windows 10 Apps, Windows Store among them, and with Windows Store I could reinstall the rest of the broken apps.

    You made my day, Sir!

  16. Jithin Raj

    USE THIS COMMAND
    .reinstall-preinstalledApps.ps1

  17. Claude R.

    Which or where to locate the appropriate username ?
    Username is not working…

  18. Gues9028

    Just look up your username it should be found here: C:Users

    then just replace “username” with your correct Username found in the “Users” folder.

  19. Luna Maybe

    not working

  20. Peter Morrison

    The line:
    .reinstall-preinstalledApp.ps1
    Should read:
    .reinstall-preinstalledApp.ps1 *

  21. 14M4N0NYM0U5

    On default Powershell is already on C: drive.. so type ” CD ..” (Change Directory and the double dots mean go back) do it untill you only see PS C:. Once there, you can type “CD Users”, then type “dir” to see the contents of the location you’re on. Your username is there. Type “CD USERNAME” (REPLACE USERNAME with your account username)

  22. Laa

    Mine Keeps Saying
    PS C:WINDOWSsystem32> “CD C:UsersLaquicia NehowDesktop”
    CD C:UsersLaquicia NehowDesktop
    PS C:WINDOWSsystem32> .reinstall-preinstalledApp.ps1
    .reinstall-preinstalledApp.ps1 : The term ‘.reinstall-preinstalledApp.ps1’ is not recognized as the name of a
    cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verif
    that the path is correct and try again.
    At line:1 char:1
    + .reinstall-preinstalledApp.ps1
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (.reinstall-preinstalledApp.ps1:String) [], CommandNotFoundException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CommandNotFoundException

  23. Tope Richards

    Hello Everyone. If it doesn’t work for you, add an “s” after preinstalledApp. That is, input command like so, .reinstall-preinstalledApps.ps1.

    Hi @@happyandyk:disqus Could you add an “s” to the command in the post? This should solve the problem. 😉

  24. Thanks for pointing out the typo, 🙂

  25. Jim Prisby

    Many (maybe all) of my Windows Apps were not working. Before attempting use of this 10AppsManager I did a reinstall of Windows 10 64bit saving my files and apps but it did not fix the apps.
    I then used 10Appsmanager to uninstall all of my apps but when I clicked on Reinstall 10AppsManager gave me this error:
    Unhandled exception has occurred in your application. If you click Continue the application will ignore this error and attempt to continue. if you click Quit the application will close immediately.
    Cannot find path “C:AppXManifest.xml” because it does not exist.

    When I click Continue nothing happens.
    Please HELP!!!

  26. Lavish Thakkar

    This might be an exceptional case of Windows 10 Apps not working. There are a lot of factors associated with it. I would suggest you do a fresh install or reset your computer.

  27. Jim Prisby

    I just did a new install of Windows 10 after a hard drive crash and it took me many hours a day over two weeks to reinstall all of my software (I do video editing). All the apps were working fine, then for some unknown reason the apps stopped working. I’ve tried all the fixes I could find online but nothing works. I have refreshed (In Place) Windows 10 several times but it doesn’t fix them. I’m not about to start from scratch again with a total new Windows install and two weeks of reloading software. There has to be someone that has enough knowledge of Windows 10 who can help me. I don’t believe that I’m the only one with this problem. I do appreciate that you responded so thanks for that.

  28. Could you please perform a Clean Boot and see if the apps work? Maybe some 3rd-pary process is creating issues. Otherwise reinstalling the preinstalled apps using this PowerShell script or Resetting the PC seem to be the only way …

  29. Jim Prisby

    I have performed a clean boot, apps weren’t fixed. I have tried your Powershell scripts and many other recommended scripts, non of them fixed the apps. When this problem first started only a few of the apps weren’t working including Mail and Calendar but I could access the Windows Store although trying to reinstall Mail and Calendar always gave me an error. As I continued trying scripts more apps stopped working and after using your 10AppsManager to uninstall all apps they are all gone so of course Windows Store isn’t working. It’s odd because I still see some of the apps listed on the Start Menu Including Windows Store but when I click on them nothing happens except a white line appears under their title like an underline and stays there. I just did another WIN 10 reinstall retaining all files and apps but nothing was fixed. As far as a third party app causing the problem, I can say I don’t have any apps loaded now that are different from the ones loaded on my original Windows 10 hard drive and that ran for 2 years with no issues with the system or the default apps. In spite of that, I do disable my Norton Antivirus and at one point I did go into Services and stopped all third party apps from running in the background but the recommended fixes still didn’t work. For now I’ll keep looking for a solution…maybe there’s some cleaning I could do in the Registry? Thanks.

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