How to Re-Install / Re-register Apps Windows 10

We have seen many issues in Windows 10 in which users face troubles while using apps from Windows App Store. At times, apps refuse to launch and takes you back to home screen. The worst case maybe that you removed some or all built-in apps and now you want to restore them to your device.

Or users are unable to update existing apps to solve the issues they are facing with the current version. For all the cases, there are only two things that you can try. Either you can reinstall or re-register the apps.

Note: This issue can be related to the user account. This problem can be fixed by creating a new admin account because Windows automatically sets apps to factory defaults for new accounts.

Re-registration of apps can be done through following steps. To be on safer side, create a system restore point first.

Click on the search bar and type “Powershell”. Select “Windows PowerShell” from the search results. Then, press right-clicks on it and choose “Run as administrator”. Write or copy following command and press Enter key.

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

Now, close the Windows PowerShell when the command is successfully executed. Reboot your system. Your problems with the apps will be fixed. As for the reinstallation of apps, follow the first step to open execute a command. Type the following command and press Enter key to execute the command.

Get-AppxPackage -allusers | Select Name, PackageFullName

This will show you all the default apps and their appxmanifest.xml file paths. Find the app you want to reinstall and press double-click to select its “PackageFullName” (please refer right column).

The string will get highlighted after double-clicks. Just hit enter to execute it. You will see that your app will be reinstalled. If not, then you may need to restart your machine.

Muhammad Imran Habib

Imran is a technology evangelist with 8 years of experience working with some of the Industry leading companies. Imran's expertise includes On-Prem/Virtual Infrastructure deployments, IT Solutions for SMEs, End User Computing Support.

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