Reinstall default build-in Windows 10 apps

Windows 10I wrote how you can purge the build-in Windows 10 apps. If you have been a bit too enthusiastic and removed too much apps, here is your rescue. As in my previous post, we will need some PowerShell magic once again. Open up PowerShell with Administrator rights. Then, paste this code into the PowerShell window:

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

Now, give it some time. It will most likely do nothing at all for up to 30 seconds. Even if it shows an error, try to restart the computer if the command is completed. Upon restarting, the default apps should show up again in your Windows 10 start menu, such as Xbox, Mail and all the others.

Looking to remove one or more of these build-in apps again? Find out here.


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65 thoughts on “Reinstall default build-in Windows 10 apps

      1. yes u can by one of those commands and so;
        Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage
        Get-AppxPackage *windowsalarms* | Remove-AppxPackage
        Get-AppxPackage *windowscalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage
        Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage
        Get-AppxPackage *windowscamera* | Remove-AppxPackage
        Get-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage
        Get-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage
        Get-AppxPackage *getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage
        Get-AppxPackage *zunemusic* | Remove-AppxPackage
        Get-AppxPackage *windowsmaps* | Remove-AppxPackage

        1. Thank you so much man ! My mail and calender app was not working after installing the Windows 10 creators update. I was searching for a solution for past 2 hours. None of them worked, except yours. Thanks once again

        2. I have no idea how these statements work. But my Windows camera does not work. Neither does skype or several others. Where do you run these commands?

      1. I have been having multiple problems with Mail & Calendar app in Windows 10.
        I am curious if I can do a clean install by removing the app as described in your other article “Remove Default Apps in Windows 10”.

        After removing can I simply install from the Windows store?

  1. Hey, Thomas.
    I have removed all native Windows 10 apps using a single command some days ago, but now I’m missing the calculator, which is really useful for me, and I’d like to use the native app.
    I tried the above command to restore the apps, so I could then remove just the ones I didn’t want for sure, with the other commands you posted, but the apps were not restored for me.
    There were no errors and I already rebooted the computer. Still nothing appears on my programs list.
    If I try to reset the Store cache, with the command on your other post, I get a popup window asking to select a software to run. But the list is empty. Exactly the same occurs when I try to launch the calc.
    Is there any other command that I could use to restore the apps?

  2. Nevermind. Found a download link for the “old” Windows 7 and 8 calculator app.
    Much better than the Windows 10 one.
    So I don’t need to restore anything of those modern apps crap. :p
    Thanx anyway for the posts. Nice to know that I can disable just some of them.
    Nice work.

  3. Hi,

    I have removed all windows apps using a script however it also removed the store. I have tried this command and several others but I can’t seem to reinstall the store nor the other apps. Any suggestions?

    1. Pretty much it’s you that are way off.
      The world nor the internet revolves around US of A.
      The time is different in Europe, you know.
      We are so more ahead.

  4. Como recomendación y Advertencia!, este método no corrige el error 0x8007042b para sincronizar el “correo y calendario” con gmail. :(

  5. this works:

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

  6. Thanks so very much for this solution. It worked for me.
    My problem was of my own making on Windows 10. I believe the following caused my problem, but there are other possibilities. I ran EUsing Free Registry Clearner without a backup of my registry. This totally disabled Microsoft Edge. Thus, no start screen, no “Search the web and windows”.
    Running your script brought back Microsoft Edge, the start screen, and the search screen.
    Thanks so much.
    Bill W.

  7. Hello guys, I’m trying to reinstall win10 photo and the powershell command worked, but now I don’t have windows store, office360 and zune. Please I need your help
    Thanks guys Kabir

  8. Hello!

    It works fine for me, but there’s only one problem: how can I install russian versions of these apps? All apps installed, but now it in english…

  9. @Tomas

    Thanks a lot for this! :D But can you re-install only certain apps like you can remove only certain ones or is that just not possible for re-installing? :/

    1. Hi Rimla
      Try to close all of your Windows 10 apps.
      After a restart, the first thing you should do is try again. Do not open any Windows 10 apps first; that might give the same error message.

  10. Everything worked as stated in your instructions except the re-activation of my apps!
    The last time the apps were all working was right before a “system restore”. I figured out that the apps were disabled when that function was executed. Any suggestions for why, after following your instructions, some apps (calendar mail, photos, store, ect.) are still not active? Thank you.

  11. Unfortunately removing all apps made my windows pretty messed up. I am unable to search, or even open the start menu. I tried the above line Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”

    but it comes back with a bunch of errors and doesnt do anything. I investigated further by adding a user account through a command prompt and when logging into that account, everything works just fine but i cannot get my start menu and other critical functions to work on my original account.

  12. I had issues with getting the Calculator and Store apps to work again on my limited rights (standard) user account, after Applocker was enabled and then disabled again on my computer. As a separate admin account everything worked fine. Running the Powershell command as that admin account did not work to restore Store and Calculator for my limited rights, standard user account.

    The only way I was able to make it work was to put the standard user account in the “Administrators” group locally on the computer, as I was then able to run Powershell as my standard user, WITH adminstrator rights (instead of as a different admin user).

    After doing this, running the following command restored the Calculator app and Store app on my regular account, and I could remove the account from local administrators again (after reboot):
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

  13. this an’t working for me I an running windows 10
    it say’s weird thing when I see the apps on my start screen
    (e.g. @{Microsoft.BingTranslator_4.1.2.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe?ms-resorce://Microsoft.BingTranslater/Resorces/AppName} )
    that’s one of the apps missing/incomplete
    ~Bing Translator
    ~Windows Store
    ~Microsoft Messaging
    ~skype video
    ~Windows Calculator
    ~Windows Photos
    ~Windows Maps

    Can you please help me fix this

  14. Hi, I recently did a refresh of my Windows 10 PC which removed all the apps I had installed after purchase. How can I restore these apps?
    Hope you can help me.
    Rob G

  15. MS knows that we’re going to screw with this App thing, it’s so freaking unusual, annoying and ties your machine to MS servers–right down to your laptop’s login screen. So, of course, lots of us would try many ways to cleaning-up that bloatware mess…I don’t need nor want xbox, groove music, sugar baby land, etc. But, they’d tied these apps to some pretty basic windows functionality, search, drag&drop, defaults.

    And the incredibly self-over-rated programmers and their managers never thought to provide a Win10 MS Store Apps module to overwrite the mess made and install their purchase apps package anew…

    Retards…no, that ain’t P.C., but they’re business sense tech retards–and, frankly, always have been.

  16. When I run the Powershell script to restore all of the MS Win 10 installed apps, it executes and then comes back with:

    cmdlet Add-AppxPackage at command pipeline position 1
    Supply values for the following parameters:

    Any thoughts on what I am supposed to enter? I copied and pasted the script (and double-checked it) so pretty sure that part is entered right and I did run Powershell as an Administrator.


  17. I tried using a code to reinstall all the default apps and it has made my windows not work. It keeps freezing my computer on login. Please help.

  18. When I tried to re-install via Power shell as administrator, I got the following error: Please help!

    Get-AppxPackage *windowscalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage

    PS C:\Windows\system32> Get-AppxPackage *windowscalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Remove-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CF6, Package could not be registered. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80073CF6)
    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] 83c65188-d3d6-0001-0390-c683d6d3d101 in the Event Log or use the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 83c65188-d3d6-0001-0390-c683d6d3d101
    At line:1 char:39
    + Get-AppxPackage *windowscalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (Microsoft.Windo…__8wekyb3d8bbwe:String) [Remove-AppxPackage], IOException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.RemoveAppxPackageCommand

  19. more info added: – please help me figure this out. Not having a calculator is major nuisance. thanks in advance!!

    following the note, the Event Log showed the following information:
    PS C:\Windows\system32> Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 83c65188-d3d6-0001-0390-c683d6d3d101

    Time ID Message
    —- — ——-
    7/1/2016 4:13:45 PM 301 The calling process is powershell.exe
    7/1/2016 4:13:45 PM 603 Started deployment Remove operation on a package with main parameter:
    Microsoft.WindowsCalculator_10.1601.49020.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe and Options: 0.
    See for help diagnosing app
    deployment issues.
    7/1/2016 4:13:45 PM 10002 Creating Resiliency File C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\AppRepository\68615aef
    lc for Remove Operation on Package
    7/1/2016 4:13:45 PM 607 Deployment Remove operation on package
    Microsoft.WindowsCalculator_10.1601.49020.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe has been
    de-queued and is running for user YL-LEN\YL.
    7/1/2016 4:13:45 PM 10000 About to service package
    Microsoft.WindowsCalculator_10.1601.49020.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe. Setting the
    package state to disabled returned with 0x0.
    7/1/2016 4:13:45 PM 475 error 0x80070002: Reading manifest from location: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windo
    age-zh-hant_8wekyb3d8bbwe.xml failed with error: The system cannot find the
    file specified.
    7/1/2016 4:13:45 PM 402 error 0x80070003: Reading manifest from location: AppxManifest.xml failed with
    error: The system cannot find the path specified.
    7/1/2016 4:13:45 PM 322 error 0x80070003: Cannot register the Microsoft.WindowsCalculator_10.1601.49020.
    0_neutral_split.language-zh-hant_8wekyb3d8bbwe package because the following
    error was encountered while trying to read the package: The system cannot find
    the path specified.
    7/1/2016 4:13:45 PM 300 error 0x80070003: Cannot register the Microsoft.WindowsCalculator_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    package due to the following error: The system cannot find the path specified.
    7/1/2016 4:13:45 PM 605 The last successful state reached was ResolvedDeferredRegistrations. Failure
    occurred before reaching the next state RegistrationChanged.
    7/1/2016 4:13:45 PM 10001 Finished servicing package
    Microsoft.WindowsCalculator_10.1601.49020.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe. Setting the
    package state to enabled returned with 0x0.
    7/1/2016 4:13:45 PM 401 Deployment Remove operation with target volume C: on Package
    Microsoft.WindowsCalculator_10.1601.49020.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe from:
    (Microsoft.WindowsCalculator_10.1601.49020.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe) failed with
    error 0x80073CF6. See for help
    diagnosing app deployment issues.

  20. Is there a way to automate a factory reset of windows 10?
    I started with a .bat file using the command prompt but couldn’t figure out how to auto-select the popup options such as ‘restore factory settings’.
    start cmd.exe /k “systemreset -factoryreset”

  21. So I had the same problem as you, I deleted photo app and cant reinstall that easily.
    As I understand you need the path of a package so it can be reinstalled, after a bit of research I found this guide and it worked flawlessly.

    -First run

    Get-AppxPackage -allusers | Select Name, PackageFullName

    this will list all your packages
    -Copy the FULL name (collumn of the right) of the package you want to reinstall

    -then just simply replace PackageFullName term in this command

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

    and thats it.

  22. Woodman Brown .. dude! Nailed it!

    I’ve never had success reinstalling anything from the Windows Store, and I’ve quit trying. The latest middle finger from Windows trying to run code from Powershell refers to the ‘trust relationship between the workstation and domain” being a problem. Powershell is being run as administrator, from an administrator account that is in local admins and domain admins. There is no “trust relationship” problem; the workstation sees everything on the domain fine and can be managed by domain tools.

    From an MCSE who has supported Windows OS for 20+ years: if you want to fix Windows invest in good 3rd party backup/restore utilities that take periodic image snapshots at timely intervals and which can (somewhat painlessly) restore an image. If you really want to go nuclear, bite the bullet and switch to a Linux-based OS like Ubuntu or some other variant and learn to live with what you lose. At least you won’t be wasting half of every other weekend trying to fix your jacked-up Windows install.

    Windows can’t even diagnose what’s wrong with itself, let alone provide tools which can consistently fix its problems.

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