Fix: Apps Missing after Windows Update 1709

The Fall Creators Update 1709 was one of the most anticipated updates after Windows 10. It contains a lot of new features and improved ease of access. Various bugs were fixed along with improving the performance and reducing the vulnerabilities of the whole system.

Like all Windows updates, this update also had a lot of bugs. One of them being that users found that some essential applications were missing after the update. This problem affects users drastically who tend to use applications provided by Microsoft and other corporations. Although there is still no official statement by Microsoft regarding this matter, there are still some workarounds present to solve this problem.

Solution 1: Re-registering the Applications

Before we move on to more technical solutions, we will try re-registering all the applications and check if this fixes the problem. Do note that almost each user has his own unique problem. Some users are able to access the Store application quite well while for others it is inaccessible. We will be going one by one and try to address all the issues possible after the update.

Repairing or resetting applications through Settings

We will try to repair the applications which are missing initially before trying to reset them. If this method doesn’t work, we will move on to the PowerShell command execute commands which will reset all the applications on your computer and get a fresh install.

  1. Press Windows + S to launch the search bar. Type “Settings” in the dialogue box and open the application.
  2. Once the Settings are opened, open the sub-category of Apps.

  1. In the Apps window, click on “Apps and features” using the navigation pane on the left. Now search for the applications which seem to be missing through the list. Once you have located it, click it and select “Advanced options”.

  1. Click on the “Repair” button present. This option will not erase your application data and will only try to repair it. Make sure to restart your computer before testing whether repairing worked or not.

  1. If repairing the application doesn’t work, you can try resetting the application. Do note that resetting the app might cause all the app related data to be erased.

  1. After the reset, restart your computer and check if the problem got solved.

Using Windows PowerShell

If repairing and resetting the applications didn’t work for you, we can try re-registering the applications using PowerShell. Do note that your app related data might be lost and this process might take a while.

  1. Now press Windows + S to launch the search menu and type “Powershell” in the dialogue box. Right click on the first result and select Run as administrator.
  2. Now type the following command in the console and press Enter. The process might take a while as this command tries to install all the default applications which are present when you install a new version of Windows 10. Be patient and let the process complete.

reg delete “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\TileDataModel\Migration\TileStore” /va /f

get-appxpackage -packageType bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “\appxmetadata\appxbundlemanifest.xml”)}

$bundlefamilies = (get-appxpackage -packagetype Bundle).packagefamilyname

get-appxpackage -packagetype main |? {-not ($bundlefamilies -contains $_.packagefamilyname)} |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “\appxmanifest.xml”)}

  1. Once you have executed the instructions, restart your computer. Hopefully, the applications will be back on the list, can be easily pinned to the start menu and can be accessed normally.

Note: If these commands don’t work for you, try executing this command and check if this brings any change.

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

Solution 2: Creating a Shortcut of Applications

Another workaround is to create a shortcut of the application using the “create shortcut” option. This is not a permanent fix but serves as a good workaround until the problem is properly addressed and solved by Microsoft.

  1. Press Windows + R to launch the Run application. Type “shell:AppsFolder” in the dialogue box and press Enter.
  2. A new window will pop up consisting of all the applications listed. Navigate to the application which seems to be missing. Right-click it and select “Create Shortcut”.

  1. Windows will pop a new dialogue box stating that the shortcut will be made on your desktop. Press Yes to confirm the action. Now check back on your Desktop and try launching the application.

Solution 3: Updating the Store Application

Many users faced the difficulty where they were unable to access the Store application using the tiles and start menu shortcut. The workaround was to update the store application through the store application. Your store application can still be accessed by Cortana using the search bar.

  1. Press Windows + S to launch the search bar. Type “store” in the dialogue box and open the application.
  2. Once the store is opened, click on the three dots present at the top right side of the window and from the drop-down, select “Downloads and updates”.

  1. If you don’t see any updates available, click on “Get updates” present at the top right side of the screen.

  1. After updating the store app, restart your computer and check if the problem is solved.

Solution 4: Updating your Windows

Many users reported that they had an update available in the Windows Update Manager. Once they updated their PC’s, the problem was solved instantly and they were able to access all the applications from anywhere.

  1. Press Windows + S button to launch your start menu’s search bar. In the dialogue box type “Windows update”. Click the first search result which comes forward.
  2. Once in the update settings, click on the button which says “Check for updates”. Now Windows will automatically check for updates available and install them. It may even prompt you for a restart.

Solution 5: Creating a new Local Account

Another workaround which worked for many people was the creation of a new local account on their computer. In many instances, the current profiles of the user were corrupted due to some known cause which in turn rendered the applications missing. You can create a new local account and if it doesn’t work, feel free to revert the changes.

  1. Open an administrator account. Type Settings in the start menu dialogue box and click on Accounts.

  1. Now click “Family and other users” options present at the left side of the window.
  2. Once inside select the menu, select “Add someone else to this PC”.

  1. Now Windows will guide you through its wizard on how to create a new account. When the new window comes forth, click “I don’t have this person’s sign-in information”.

  1. Now select the option “Add a user without Microsoft”. Windows will now prompt you to make a new Microsoft account and display a window like this.

  1. Enter all the details and chose an easy password which you can remember.
  2. Now navigate to Settings > Accounts > Your Account.
  3. At the space beneath your account picture, you will see an option which says “Sign in with local account instead”.
  4. Enter your current password when the prompt comes and click Next.
  5. Now enter username and password for your local account and click on “Sign out and finish”.
  6. Check thoroughly if this new local account consists of all the applications. If all of them are accessible, move on with the solution. If not, feel free to revert the changes.
  7. Now you can easily switch to a new local account, and move all your personal files to it without any barriers.
  8. Now navigate to Settings > Accounts > Your Account and select the option “Sign in with a Microsoft Account instead”.

  1. Enter your username and password and click Sign in.

  1. Now you can safely delete your old account and continue using this one.

Solution 6: Fix for Applications won’t open in Search Bar

Another problem which many users faced after the 1709 update was that applications were not opening using the search bar. This is a well-known issue and can be easily fixed using this workaround. Make sure you are using an administrator account.

  1. Follow the instructions on our article on how to boot your computer in safe mode.
  2. Once booted in the safe mode, open up PowerShell (administrator) and task manager both (open PowerShell and task manager by right-clicking the start menu and selecting them).

  1. In the Task Manager, end the following processes.

explorer.exe

Cortana

  1. Once you have ended both processes, execute the following command in PowerShell:

Rename-Item -path ‘C:\Users\ (Affected Username)\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy’ -newName ‘Cortana_backup’

  1. Press Windows + R and type “explorer.exe”. This should launch your explorer UI again. Restart your computer and check if the problem is solved.

Solution 7: Refreshing the Applications

If all the above methods didn’t work for you, we can try resorting to some more technical methods and check if this fixes our problem. In this solution, we will take ownership of the applications folder and try refreshing them forcefully.

  1. Press Windows + E to launch the explorer and navigate to the following file location:

C:\Program Files

  1. Click on the View button present at the top of the window and make sure that “Hidden items” is checked.

  1. Locate the folder “WindowsApps”. Right-click it to open its properties.

  1. Once in the properties, follow this tutorial to take ownership of the folder.
  2. Make sure to check the checkbox which ensures that you have the ownership of all the subfolders too. This is very important.
  3. Right-click on the start menu button and select Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  4. Once in PowerShell, execute the following command:

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

This command will try re-registering all the applications present on your computer. Keep PowerShell open and execute the following commands:

reg delete “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\TileDataModel\Migration\TileStore” /va /f

get-appxpackage -packageType bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “\appxmetadata\appxbundlemanifest.xml”)}

$bundlefamilies = (get-appxpackage -packagetype Bundle).packagefamilyname

get-appxpackage -packagetype main |? {-not ($bundlefamilies -contains $_.packagefamilyname)} |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “\appxmanifest.xml”)}

Now switch to an elevated command prompt (select it by right-clicking the start menu button and selecting it from there) and execute the following command.

PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Command “& {$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore).InstallLocation + ‘\AppxManifest.xml’ ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest}

Restart your computer and check if the problem got solved.

Solution 8: Waiting after the Update for the Glitch to be Fixed

We can try re-installing the 1709 update again and waiting for a couple of minutes before we start using the operating system.

  1. Press Windows + S to launch the search bar. Type “recovery options” in the dialogue box and open the relevant result which comes forth.

  1. If you have updated Windows in the last 10 days, your old installation files might still be present on your computer. Use this to revert back to the older version.

  1. After reverting back, install the 1709 update using the Windows 10 Update Assistant.
  2. When the installation is complete and windows loads up, DO NOT open anything. Wait for a couple of minutes so all the background processes are complete and Windows have performed the post-update tasks.
  3. Restart your computer using CTRL + ALT + DEL (DO NOT use or touch the start menu).
  4. After the computer restarts, hover your mouse to the start menu icon BUT don’t click it yet. Instead, right-click it and select “Apps and Features”.

  1. Here you might experience a glitch. Instead of the normal application names, you might see names like “Microsoft@XXXXXXX”. Here “XXXXX” might be anything. Wait patiently and Windows will slowly one by one update all the names of your applications to the correct ones. Once all the normal icons and names have been updated, restart your computer using the same method (CTRL + ALT + DEL) instead of the start menu.
  2. Now after this restart, you can open the start menu and hopefully, all the applications will be present as expected.

Solution 9: Adding a Dummy Account

Another workaround which we can try is adding a dummy account after reverting to the previous build and updating windows from there before switching back to your main account. Proceed with this if you have tried all the previous solutions.

  1. Press Windows + S to launch the search bar. Type “recovery options” in the dialogue box and open the relevant result which comes forth.
  2. If you have updated Windows in the last 10 days, your old installation files might still be present on your computer. Use this to revert back to the older version.
  3. After reverting back to the previous version, create a new local account BUT do not link it to your Microsoft account nor copy your data into it. We will only be using this account to install the update.
  4. Sign in using this account and upgrade your computer to 1709 update. Once the update is complete DO NOT sign in to your regular account. Sign in to the account you just used to update and keep signed in for at least an hour. This is to make sure that all the post-upgrade tasks are completed.
  5. Sign-out of this dummy account and into your regular account. Check if the problem is solved.

Note: It is worth mentioning that in some cases, an Intel driver/application was autoloaded onto the computer after the fresh update along with the turbo boost app in the service panel. After shutting down the services (including plug and play), and putting them on manual start, a reboot fixed the problem.

Kevin Arrows
Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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