How To Reinstall a Microsoft Store App in Windows 10

You might want to reinstall a Microsoft Store application because you accidentally removed it from your system, or you wanted to reset your Microsoft Store and had to remove all the custom installed Microsoft Applications.

How To Reinstall Microsoft Store App In Windows 10

It should be noted that there is no option in the Microsoft Store to reinstall an application. This can only be accomplished using the Power Shell in Administrator mode. This might seem difficult to some users because they are not comfortable with using a command-line interface but it only takes a few seconds and a couple of commands to do this.

Use the Windows Power Shell

Windows Powers Shell is a command-line utility that provides the user functionality to control and automate Windows applications. It provides much more control than the native graphical user interface does. In this method, we will use the Windows Power shell to reinstall the program by using the Get-AppxPackage and Add-AppxPackage command. These commands are used to Get and Install signed app packages to the user account. Please follow the below steps:

  1. Open Windows Power Shell in Administrator mode by searching for it in the Windows search bar and then right-click to open as administrator.
  2. Type in the following command to reinstall the package, You can simply copy and paste this command to avoid any syntax errors and then press Enter
    Get-AppXPackage *WindowsStore* -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
    Type in the following command to reinstall the package
  3. Once the command executes you need to restart your computer
  4. Now type in Microsoft Store in the Windows Search bar and you should be able to open it.
  5. Some users are unable to execute the command and they get one of the following errors:
    Add-AppxPackage : Cannot find path 'C:\AppXManifest.xml' because it does not exist.
    At line:1 char:61
    + ...  | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.I ...
    +                 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        + CategoryInfo          : ObjectNotFound: (C:\AppXManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], ItemNotFoundException
        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : PathNotFound,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand
    Add-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CF6, Package could not be registered.
    error 0x80070057: While processing the request, the system failed to register the windows.applyDataExtension extension ...
    error 0x80070057: Cannot register the request because the following error was encountered during the registration of the windows.applyDataExtension extension: The parameter is incorrect.
    An internal error occurred with error 0x80070002.
    Package could not be registered. Merge Failure : error 0x80070003 : Cannot register the Microsoft.WindowsStore_2015.23.23.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe package because there was a merge failure.
  6. That is because they either don’t have the Microsoft Store AppX Package installed on their computer or they have it installed but it is incomplete and one or more dependencies are missing. In that case, they will first need to install the Microsoft AppX Package. You can not download the Microsoft Installer directly, instead, you will need to download it through a third-party website by going here:
  7. Copy and paste the following link in the Link Generator and select Retail (or appropriate option) from the dropdown and click the button to generate the link. Since the Microsoft Appx Installer Package depends upon .Net Framework, .Net Runtime, and VC Libs, the site will list all these packages. You will need to download the latest version of these packages depending upon your PC architecture (32-bit or 64-bit).
    Copy and paste the following link in the Link Generator and select Retail from the dropdown
    Microsoft Store Dependency Packages
  8. Once you download the below four packages, go to the downloaded folder and install each dependent package. It is also possible that one or more of these packages are already installed therefore if you get the error Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073D02, while installing any one of these packages, you can just skip the installation.
    Install Microsoft Store Dependency Packages
  9. After installing .Net Runtime, .Net Framework and VC Libs finally install the Microsoft Windows Store .appx bundle fie and complete the process.
  10. Once you’re done you can verify the Microsoft Store AppX Package by typing in the following command in the Windows Power Shell. This will list down the Microsoft Store App details along with all the dependencies.
    Microsoft App Store Details

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