Windows 8.1 users can now upgrade to Windows 10 without losing their apps


Madalina Dinita
by Madalina Dinita
Managing Editor
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Thanks to the latest Windows 10 build improvements, it’s easier for Windows 8.1 users to enroll directly into the Windows Insider program. You can now upgrade to Fast Ring builds without losing your Store apps.

Upgrading to Windows 10 is not a perfect process yet. Chances are you’ll encounter various technical issues that will prevent you from completing the upgrade process, or even make you regret your upgrade decision.

Apps are missing after upgrade

Sometimes, the upgrade process fails to keep the Store apps, and this issue affected particularly Windows 8.1 users who upgraded to Windows 10 by directly joining the Windows Insider program. The good news is that the latest Windows 10 build has now fixed this problem.

We fixed an issue where if you were to upgrade from Windows 8.1 directly to recent Insider Fast builds, all your Store apps would have been lost during the upgrade process.

Speaking of lost apps, when upgrading to Windows 10, there’s also the possibility that the default Windows 10 apps are missing. Fortunately, there’s a quick workaround that you can use if Windows 10’s default apps are missing after the upgrade. Here are the troubleshooting steps:

  1. Type Powershell in the Search Menu > right click the top result > select Run as administrator
  2. Copy and paste this command in your Powershell window:  Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml
  3. Hit Enter and wait.

This workaround installs and registers the default Windows 10 apps on your computer. When you hit Enter, this command downloads the applications and installs them once again. After Powershell installs the Windows 10 app package, restart your computer.

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