Fix: Error 0x80070003 When Updating Apps

Updates for apps in the Windows store are released occasionally. And it is also recommended to keep them updated to their latest version as the main reason the updates are released are to fix bugs and improve performance.

But things are not always that simple with Microsoft. If you are reading this guide, then you probably got the Error 0x80070003 while updating/installing your apps. Usually you get this error if the app your trying to update is corrupt in some way. This error is also common when upgrading Windows to Windows 10 but the instructions in this guide are only targeted at addressing the apps issue, not the upgrade. If you are here looking for a solution to address upgrade issue, then you can search for the error in the search box above to get relevant articles related to it.

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Reinstall Windows 10 Apps

If the app is corrupt in some way, it will fail to update while giving you the above mentioned error. Reinstalling apps will refresh them, replacing old files of apps with new ones.

Click the Start button and type apps, and choose “Apps & Features” from the list of results.

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Under Type an app name, type the name of app in question, and choose Uninstall. After the app has been uninstalled, reinstall it from the Windows Store or by searching it from the Start Menu. If the Uninstall option is greyed out, then the app is a windows built in app and will need to be uninstalled using Powershell.

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To launch Powershell, click Start and type Powershell, right click Powershell and choose Run As Administrator.

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From the list below copy and paste the command for the App that you wish to uninstall.

Uninstall 3D Builder:

Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Alarms and Clock:

Get-AppxPackage *windowsalarms* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Calculator:

Get-AppxPackage *windowscalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Calendar and Mail:

Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Camera:

Get-AppxPackage *windowscamera* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Contact Support:

This app can’t be removed.

Uninstall Cortana:

This app can’t be removed.

Uninstall Get Office:

Get-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Get Skype:

Get-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Get Started:

Get-AppxPackage *getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Groove Music:

Get-AppxPackage *zunemusic* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Maps:

Get-AppxPackage *windowsmaps* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Microsoft Edge:

This app can’t be removed.

Uninstall Microsoft Solitaire Collection:

Get-AppxPackage *solitairecollection* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Money:

Get-AppxPackage *bingfinance* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Movies & TV:

Get-AppxPackage *zunevideo* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall News:

Get-AppxPackage *bingnews* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall OneNote:

Get-AppxPackage *onenote* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall People:

Get-AppxPackage *people* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Phone Companion:

Get-AppxPackage *windowsphone* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Photos:

Get-AppxPackage *photos* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Store:

Get-AppxPackage *windowsstore* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Sports:

Get-AppxPackage *bingsports* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Voice Recorder:

Get-AppxPackage *soundrecorder* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Weather:

Get-AppxPackage *bingweather* | Remove-AppxPackage

Uninstall Windows Feedback:

This app can’t be removed.

Uninstall Xbox:

Get-AppxPackage *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage

After you’ve uninstall the App, type the following command in Powershell and it will reinstall all the built-in apps that you uninstalled.

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

Once done, test to see if the issue is resolved.

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Kevin Arrows
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Fix: Error 0x80070003 When Updating Apps

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