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How to Reinstall Default Apps in Windows 10

If you have mistakenly uninstalled default or built-in Windows 10 apps, and now you want to reinstall them? Actually there is a way to do that and in this article I’m going to share a tutorial on the same thing.

How to Reinstall Default Apps in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with lots of preinstalled apps in order to get started. Maybe you have accidentally uninstalled default apps that ships with Windows 10 and now you want to restore all of them or you want to reinstall the Windows Store apps just to fix the issues.

You may have noticed that far from third party apps, you can’t be able to uninstall built-in apps via Setting apps in Windows 10 and its only possible with the help of Powershell commands to uninstall default apps from Windows 10 or you can use a free third party tool to uninstall preinstalled apps.

Note: In my previous article I have already covered an article on how to easily remove default apps in Windows 10 using Windows 10 App Remover. You might be interested to check this guide.

Whatever is the reason to reinstall default apps in Windows 10, it can only be done with the help of executing a simple PowerShell command. The command is very useful and allow you reinstall all the default apps which you have uninstalled accidently.

So without further ado, why don’t you check my guide that will help you to fix all the issues related to default apps in Windows 10.

In upcoming lines, you will read a guide on how to reinstall default apps in Windows 10 using PowerShell. Also, to make this guide little easier for you I divided into two different parts

  • Part One: Reinstall specific default apps in Windows 10
  • Part Two: Reinstall all the default apps in Windows 10

So What are you waiting for guys! Let’s get started with the tutorial.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • When you execute these PowerShell commands, this will not only reinstall all the Store apps but also default apps.
  • You may lose the data which is stored in apps you reinstall. So you need to configure them again.
  • The commands will reinstall all the default apps, but command may fail to reinstall apps like Edge Browser and Cortana.

Steps to Reinstall Windows 10 Default or Preinstalled Apps [Method One]

1. First of all Press “Windows Key + Q” to open the search box and type PowerShell and pick the “Windows PowerShell“. Now right click and select “Run as administrator” from bottom options.

run windows powershell as administrator

2. In the Windows PowerShell Windows you need to type the following command:

PART One: Reinstall a Specific Built-in App in Windows 10

Now if you want to reinstall some specific default apps in Windows 10. You need to type the following the command to restore that application.

Add-AppxPackage -register appxmanifest.xml_file_path -DisableDevelopmentMode

You can see that the command mentioned above need essential parameter which is the complete part of appxmanifest.xml file. All the modern apps have the XML file in their program files folder and this XML file is needed to recover the app.

All these modern apps are stored in the following folder:

C:\Program Files\WindowsApps

This folder is restricted and contains the different sub-folders (with the app PackageFullName info) which have required files of all the modern apps. You will find one appxmanifest.XML file in all the folders.

1. To restore the particular app, you need to know the PackFullName information of the app which can be found using the following command:

Get-AppxPackage -allusers | Select Name, PackageFullName

all app package info

From the list, you need to select the PackageFullName of the specific app you want to restore and press the Enter key to copy it to the clipboard.

2. Now you need to type the following command to restore the app:

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

reinstall specific default app in windows 10

Note: In above command you need to replace “PackageFullName” with the one you copied in above step. Now press CTRL + V to paste the copied PackageFullName information.

That’s it. You’ve successfully reinstalled the apps. In case you see any error message, ignore it. You just need to restart the computer.

PART Two: Reinstall a Specific Built-in App in Windows 10

If you want to reinstall the default apps in Windows 10 just in a single step, then you need to type the following command re-install Windows 10 default apps:

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

reinstall all default apps in windows 10

When you’re done executing this command, it will take few seconds to reinstall all the built-in apps. In case you see any error message, ignore it. You just need to restart the computer.

After following all the steps in above guide you’re unable to reinstall apps, then you can also use the official Troubleshooter to fix all the issues related to Store apps.

Steps to Reinstall Windows 10 Default or Preinstalled Apps [Method Two]

After following all the steps mentioned above, you fail to reinstall preinstalled apps in Windows 10 and you can’t live without your favorite apps like Mail, Store, and lot more, then the easiest way to restore them is by creating a new user account. The new users account in Windows 10 has all default apps including the Store app.

add a new account to windows 10

To create a new account you need to launch Setting apps > Accounts > Family & other users. On the right pane, click “Add someone else to this PC” and follow the instruction to create a new user account. Once you done creating a new account, you can import all your user data from the old to a new account.

Now you’ve got the fresh user account that means, all your apps issues are fixed.

In case after creating a new user account still you’re not satisfied, then you can try to “Reset this PC” feature in Windows 10, that help to restore Windows 10 to factory settings. This process will clean install Windows 10 and recover all the default modern apps.

You might also love to check my article on how to clean install Windows 10 using USB drive.

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