How to Restore the Windows Store in Windows 10

Last Updated on August 28, 2017

Unlike most of the 3rd party apps, the Windows Store can’t be installed or reinstalled easily from the Settings app in Windows 10. You can remove the bloatware from the OS using a few commands. The method is similar for both the anniversary and the creators update. Here’s how you can reinstall the Windows Store in Windows 10.

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Restore Windows Store in Windows 10 using PowerShell

  • Look for PowerShell in the Start menu search. Run it as an administrator.
  • In the PowerShell window, type the following command and press Enter. Remember to replace your_windows_username with your actual username in Windows. This command will create a detailed list of all the apps installed on your PC.
    Get-Appxpackage -Allusers | Out-File C:\Users\<your_windows_username>\Desktop\apps.txt -Append
  • Open this file in Notepad using the following command:
    notepad C:\Users\<your_windows_username>\Desktop\apps.txt
  • In the notepad window, press Ctrl + F to open the Find dialogue box. Look for Microsoft.WindowsStore. It should be something like PackageFullName: Microsoft.WindowsStore... Copy this whole package name. On my PC, this package looks like the following. Yours may or may not be the same.
  • Once you know the full package name, type the following command in the PowerShell window and press Enter. This command will reinstall the Windows Store on your PC. Just replace the XXXX part with the FullPackageName that you copied in the previous step.
    Add-AppxPackage -register "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\XXXX\AppxManifest.xml" -DisableDevelopmentMode
  • Now, look for Store in the Start menu search. You’ll see it listed there.

You can reinstall all the Windows Store apps to and from your PC without any issue now. You can also delete the apps.txt file from your Desktop if you want to.

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Written by Utkarsh

Utkarsh Bhatt is a certified tech expert and software engineer for a Fortune 500 Company. He was born in 1995, making him one of the oldest members of the team at EFX. Utkarsh loves solving technical issues and is always the first to jump on any problem that needs solving. When he’s not coding or debugging, he enjoys playing video games (especially Super Smash Bros.) and watching cartoons.

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