How to fix Windows 10 default apps missing

By: Ujjwal Kumar
2 minute read

Windows is what fueled this era of computing – at least for the general consumers – it made enough money to make Bill Gates the richest man alive, and from there it has traveled a long journey adding and removing features.

Over the decades, it has added a multitude of features and removed several other in the pursuit of staying ahead of its competition and always innovating, and its users have been loyal to it – mostly because it is the most used operating system around and therefore the most familiar and easy to use. However it has also bloated itself with its legacy at the same time. Windows comes with hundreds of features that you might never use but are required to just be there for legacy support – making Windows is an extremely complicated operating system to build and maintain.

These complexities only get in the way when you try to upgrade to the latest and great version of Windows – something that would result in loss of data if it was not for the amazing upgrade feature of Windows. It isn’t perfect though – one of the examples of its failures is when the upgrade process fails to install the default Windows 10 apps during the upgrade. This guide will help you attempt to fix the issue – it is not hard to do.

Fix Windows 10 default apps missing

  • Open Start Menu, type “Powershell” and right click the top result, then click run as administrator.Screenshot_17
  • Now copy and paste this exact piece of command in your Powershell window – make sure it is running as administrator.
  • Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”Screenshot_18
  • Press Enter and wait for it to do its magic.

This simple 3 step process should install and register the default Windows 10 apps for you. When you press Enter it might look like it’s not doing anything but you must give it some time to download the applications and install them once again. You might need to restart your computer in some cases for it to affect – but it should work without a restart in most cases.

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