SOLVED: Reinstall Windows Store app, if it has been removed during post OOBE

I had previosly an interesting use case at the customer, I had to reinstall a built-in application on a Windwos 10 client :

  • Windows Store app has been removed in the post OOBE phase when W10 v1709 has been installed. After the W10 v1803 upgrade process, this application won’t be installed (again) automatically.

If you remove these kind of built-in applications to “early” during the OS installation phase or even during the upgrade, it’s not so easy to reinstall again.

I read lot’s of articles about solutions and workarounds like:

  • Just run the following PowerShell commands:
    Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.WindowsStore_11606.1001.39.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\AppXManifest.xml”
    Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.WindowsStore_11606.1001.394.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AppxMetadata\AppxBundleManifest.xml”
  • If you wish to reinstall Windows 10 Store, you can also open an elevated PowerShell windows, type the following command and hit Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage *WindowsStore* -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

These commands could work for sure, if ‘only’ as AppXPackage will be removed. But if these apps will never be provisioned, it won’t work, like in my case.

That’s why I had to find another solution: Microsoft has an ISO on VLSC (search for “Windows 10 Inbox Apps“) containing all of the pre-installed apps. Download this ISO and use these source files.

IMPORTANT: be careful, these ISO are depending on your Windows 10 versions. Download and use the correct one.

The ISO also contains the ‘NET.Native‘ and ‘VCLibs‘ appx files, they should be required for the Windows Store installation.

My one-line PS script to reinstall the Windows Store app looks very simple:

Note that the this command can reinstall not just the Store app but also all other default apps that ship with Windows 10 which have been removed for some reason.

Just let me know in comments, if is works for you too…

Happy reinstalling respectively re-engineering 🙂

1 Comment

  1. Thanks so much, this saved my bacon!!


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