How to reinstall Windows Store apps in Windows 10

By: Marian Cularea
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If you are trying to reinstall a Windows store app in Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 then this short tutorial is made especially for you. So if you have done a PC Refresh operation or perhaps a PC Reset operation you will lose your apps that you previously installed but following these short steps below will show you how to quickly get your apps up and running in no time.

Windows Store has a very good feature that stores your previous downloaded apps just in case you lose them either from updating your Operating system to a newer version or just do one of the two operations posted above (PC Reset, PC Refresh).

Tutorial for reinstalling Windows Store apps in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

Reinstalling Windows Store apps isn’t that hard, and in this article we’re going to show you how to perform the following:

  • Reinstall Windows 10 apps Powershell – Sometimes only way to reinstall Windows 10 apps is to use PowerShell. This is a powerful command-line tool and by using it you can reinstall Windows Store apps with ease.
  • Reinstall preinstalled apps Windows 10 – Unlike third-party apps, preinstalled apps can be harder to reinstall. In this article we’re going to show you a couple of tricks that you can use to reinstall built-in Windows Store apps.
  • Install Windows Store app manually – Sometimes in order to fix a certain problem you need to remove the application completely from your PC. After doing that, you just need to install it from Windows Store again.
  • Reinstall the Windows Store app – In some more serious cases, you might experience problems with the Windows Store app. If that’s so, you might have to reinstall the Windows Store app to fix the problem.

Solution 1 – Open the Account section

  1. While on the Start Screen in Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 operating system go the upper side and left click or tap on the Account button.
  2. Left click or tap on the My apps button.
  3. You will have access to the Sort by feature in this window so left click or tap on it and select the Apps not installed on this PC.
  4. You will be presented with a list of previous installed apps on your system and you can easily right click on each app you want to install.
  5. Select the Install button presented in the lower side of the window.
  6. In the upper side of the Windows Store window you will be able to see the download and installation progress of all the apps you selected to be placed back to your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 operating system.

Solution 2 – Remove applications manually

One of the simplest ways to reinstall Windows Store Apps is to uninstall them manually. This procedure is rather straightforward and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. When Settings app opens, navigate to Apps section.
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  3. List of all installed apps will appear. Now you just need to select the application you want to remove and click on Uninstall. Follow the instructions on the screen to uninstall the application.
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It’s also worth mentioning that you can uninstall Windows Store apps simply by right clicking them and choosing the Uninstall option from the menu. Once the application is removed, you just need to reinstall it from the Windows Store. To do that, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter store. Select Store from the list of results.
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  2. When Windows Store opens, enter the name of the application in the search bar and select it from the list.
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  3. Now click the Install button and wait for the application to reinstall.
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As you can see, this is a rather simple method, and by using it you can easily reinstall any application downloaded from the Windows Store. If you want to remove built-in Windows Store apps from your PC, you might want to check out some of our other solutions.


Solution 3 – Use PowerShell to reinstall built-in Windows Store apps

According to users, if you want to reinstall any built-in Windows Store app such as Calculator or Mail, you’ll have to use PowerShell. PowerShell is an advanced tool, and by using it you can cause problems with your PC if you’re not careful. To reinstall a WindowsStore application using PowerShell, do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter powershell. Right click Windows PowerShell from the list of results and choose Run as administrator.
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  2. When PowerShell opens, enter Get-Appxpackage –Allusers | Select Name, PackageFullName and press Enter.
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  3. Now you should see a list of applications along with their full names. Find the application you want to remove and copy its full name by pressing Ctrl + C.
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  4. Now enter the following command Add-AppxPackage -register “C:Program FilesWindowsApps<PackageFullName>” –DisableDevelopmentMode and press Enter to run it. In our example this command would look like Add-AppxPackage -register “C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.WindowsCalculator_10.1709.2703.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe” –DisableDevelopmentMode. Keep in mind that the command will slightly differ depending on the application you’re trying to reinstall.
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After running this command, the application should be reinstalled and you’ll be able to use it once again.

If you want to reinstall all built-in Windows Store applications, including the Windows Store, you can do it by running Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers| Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml”} command in PowerShell. This command can be potentially dangerous so use it at your own risk.


Solution 4 – Create a new user account

If you’re having problems with built-in Windows Store apps, and you can’t reinstall them using the methods above, you might have to create a new users account. By creating a new user account all built-in apps on it will be reinstalled. To create a new user account, you need to do the following:

  1. Open the Settings app and navigate to Accounts section.
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  2. In the menu on the left, select Family & other people. Now click on Add someone else to this PC in Other people section.
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  3. Now select I don’t have this person’s sign-in information.
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  4. Click on Add a user without a Microsoft account.
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  5. Enter the desired username and click on Next.
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After creating a new account, you need to switch to it and check if your Windows Store apps are working. If so, you’ll need to move all your personal files to the new account and use it as your main one.


Doing the steps above you will be able to reinstall any of the previous Windows Store apps you might of uninstalled or lost for any kind of reason. Please write us below an questions you might have while doing this tutorial and we will help you further.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2014 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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