How to Reinstall Windows Store (Microsoft Store) in Windows 10

Windows Store also known as Microsoft store makes it easy to install, manage, and uninstall apps with just a single click in Windows 10. Most of all, the Windows store app manages all the updates in the background so that you don’t have to manually update the applications one by one or have to deal with the update notifications as soon as you open your favorite app.

Of course, the Windows store still doesn’t have many popular apps. But that will change with the time, hopefully. That being said, there are some really good apps in the Store, both built for UWP and ported desktop apps. Here are some of the best Windows 10 store apps I found in my daily usage, give them a try.

As good as it is, Windows store can stop working under certain circumstances. Often times, the store app won’t open or respond. Even if the store opens you won’t be able to install apps from it. There may be any number of reasons like system crashes, corruption, misconfiguration, etc., for this misbehavior.

No matter what the reason is, to fix the issue, all you have to do is reinstall Windows store. This also helps when you uninstall Windows store app. Often times, reinstalling Windows 10 store reduces the troubleshooting steps and saves you a bunch of time too. Here’s how to do it.

There are two ways to reinstall Windows store, I will show both of them. The first one is to use the Settings app. The method is beginner friendly and can be done with just a few clicks. The second method requires you to execute a simple one-line PowerShell command. This method is useful if you cannot use the first method or for power users who don’t mind using PowerShell commands.

Since both methods work pretty much the same, follow the method you are comfortable with.

1. Reinstall Windows Store App from Settings App

Windows 10 provides an easy way to reset or reinstall Windows store directly from the Settings app. The best thing about this method is that you don’t have to mess with the Command Prompt or PowerShell. Moreover, you can reinstall almost any Store app using this method.

1. First, open Settings app by pressing the keyboard shortcut Win + I. Alternatively, you can also open the Settings app either by searching for it in the Start Menu or by click on the “Settings” button in the Notification area.

2. In the Settings app, go to “Apps -> Apps and Features“. On the right-hand side panel, find the Microsoft Store app and click on it. You will see additional options. Here, click on the “Advanced Options” link.

Reinstall Windows Store - Click on the advanced options link

3. In the advanced options window, scroll down and click on the “Reset” button.

Reinstall Windows Store - click on the reset button

4. The settings page will prompt for confirmation. Click on the “Reset” button again.

Confirm store app reinstallation by clicking on the reset button again

5. As soon as you click on the reset button, Windows will try to reinstall the store app. It can take a couple of minutes to complete the process. Once the Windows store is successfully reinstalled, you will see a small checkmark next to the “Reset” button.

Store app reinstalled in Windows 10

1.1 Video Tutorial on Reinstalling Windows Store from Settings App

2. Reinstall Windows 10 Store app using PowerShell

If for some reason the above method did not work for you or if you just want to mess with the command line, you can actually reinstall Windows store app using PowerShell. All you have to do is execute a single line of command.

1. To reinstall or reset the store app using PowerShell you need administrative privileges. So, search for “PowerShell” in the start menu, right-click on it and select the option “Run as Administrator

2. In the PowerShell window, copy the below command, paste it and press Enter key to execute the command. To paste the command, right-click in the PowerShell window.

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

3. As soon as you execute the command PowerShell will initiate the process and reinstalls Windows store app within a couple of minutes.

Reinstall Windows Store Powershell Command

That’s it. You are done reinstalling the store app on Windows 10.

In Case of Erros:

For most people the above command should work and the Microsoft store will be reinstalled. However, some might rececive error like the one shown below.

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.

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.

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.

In those situations, all you can do is create a new user account and migrate to it. Unless you’ve installed user-spefici applications, this should be that much of a problem. When you create a new user account, Windows installs all the applications from scratch for that new user account. 

Command explanation:

Now, you might be wondering what the above command actually is and what it does. It is quite simple actually. We are first getting the Microsoft Store package using the Get-AppxPackage applet. Then we are piping it to Add-AppxPackage which in turn reinstalls Windows store app in Windows 10 for all users. It is that simple.

Wrapping up – Reinstall Windows Store

Hope that helps. Comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above methods to reinstall Windows store app. Also, let me know if you face any problem with reinstalling the Microsoft Store app. I will try to help as much as possible.

Below some other helpful articles to fix different issues in Windows 10.

17 thoughts on “How to Reinstall Windows Store (Microsoft Store) in Windows 10”

  1. Avatar for cis

    So simple… eh? Only neither method works!
    1) there is no store to reset
    2) no packages found, so nothing installed…

  2. Avatar for NancyM

    I could not get it work until I used Windows PowerShell ISE instead of Windows PowerShell. My system had both options with the “ISE” listed second. When I right-clicked on Windows PowerShell ISE and selected ‘Run as Administrator’, waited on it to open and load, pasted the command line at the prompt, it immediately started to execute and my Windows Store App was back. Thanks for your help and I hope this tip helps someone else.

  3. Avatar for Luke A Jordan

    1. Install TakeOwnership tool

    3. Navigate to: C:\Program Files\WindowsApps

    4. Right-click on the ‘WindowsApps’ folder and click on ‘Take Ownership’ in the context menu
    (This will give you permission to access the WindowsApps folder)

    5. Now open the ‘WindowsApps’ folder and find a folder named ‘Microsoft.WindowsStore_11909.1001.7.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe’ and open it
    (your folder name may be slightly different)

    6. Find the file named ‘AppxManifest.xml’ and right click and copy this file

    7. Go to ‘My Computer’ or ‘This PC’ and go to your Local Disk (C:)

    8. Paste the ‘AppxManifest.xml’ file directly in your (C:) directory

    9. Open and run ‘Command Prompt’ as an ‘Administrator’.

    10. Copy and paste the command: PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted

    11. Copy and paste the command: $manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore).InstallLocation + '\AppxManifest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest

    12. Close command prompt and open the Run command by pressing ‘Windows Key + R’ and type in WSReset.exe and hit enter

    13. Wait for the WSReset command to close and restart your PC.

    14. Welcome back to the Windows Store!! 🙂

    Guide created by: Luke Jordan.

    Note: comment edited by admin to replace the unverified link with the WL post link.

    1. Avatar for Tudi20

      Add-AppPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CF9, Installation unsuccessful. Turn to software developer (or something similar)
      . (A kivétel HRESULT-értéke: 0x80073CF9)
      Rejecting a request to register from AppxManifest.xml because the manifest is not in the package root.
      NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] 4e1e46d3-2889-0001-6478-1e4e8928d701 in the Event Log or use th
      e command line Get-AppPackageLog -ActivityID 4e1e46d3-2889-0001-6478-1e4e8928d701
      At line:1 char:1
      + Add-AppPackage -Register $manifest
      + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (C:\Program File…ppxManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], IOException
      + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

  4. Avatar for Keiko

    I have tried this method and i got below message.
    Get-AppxPackage : Access is denied.
    Access is denied.
    At line:1 char:1
    + Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft.WindowsStore | Foreach {Add-AppxP …
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [Get-AppxPackage], UnauthorizedAccessException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : System.UnauthorizedAccessException,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.GetA

    what are the other option i have? i have uninstalled it already.

  5. Avatar for Daniel

    1. My problems began when I couldn’t install the Halo Master Chief pack. The issue pointed to lack of disc space, so I needed to install it on the D: drive instead.
    2. Only this wasn’t possible because it couldn’t move all the apps.
    3. So I gained control over the windowsapps folder by using the Ubuntu Live DVD and then I had control.
    4. Only now Windows store is broken.
    5. I tried adding “A” appmanifest file I found to the root of C: but this did not help.
    6. I’m now getting this error:
    PS C:\Windows\system32> $manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore).InstallLocation + ‘\AppxManifest.xml’ ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest
    Add-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CF9, Install failed. Please contact your software vendor.
    (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80073CF9)
    Rejecting a request to register from AppxManifest.xml because the manifest is not in the package root.
    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] f03bb4bc-28a6-0006-5ac0-3bf0a628d701 in the Event Log or use
    the command line Get-AppPackageLog -ActivityID f03bb4bc-28a6-0006-5ac0-3bf0a628d701
    At line:1 char:94
    + … fest.xml’ ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manife …
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (C:\AppxManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], IOException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

  6. Avatar for Daniel

    7. Loading the command in the above error provides this:
    AppX Deployment operation failed for package with error 0x80070057. The specific error text for this failure is: Rejecting a request to register from AppxManifest.xml because the manifest is not in the package root.
    I added it to C: so I don’t get that. How do I know which AppManifest to use and where to get it from?

    1. Avatar for Bashkarla

      By default, the AppManifest file will be located at the root of the store app folder (C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.WindowsStore_12011.1001.1.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe). The command given in the article automatically gets the root folder location using the Get-AppxPackage cmdlet.

      If the command cannot find the manifest file, it might be missing or corrupted. In that case, you have to create a new user account and move to it. If that doesn’t work, you might have to reinstall the OS or restore the system to a known good condition using checkpoints or backups.

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