Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is Removing Apps again Randomly. Here’s a fix.

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Early adopters of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update are finding several problems with the semi-annual feature update but certain users are reporting a specific issue where some apps are disappearing from Windows 10.

Apps like Calculator and other OS apps disappear. Take note though, this is not the first time a new Windows 10 update has removed apps.

Users are not able to re-install these apps from the Microsoft store because they are listed as “Installed” but they can be opened from the store itself.

Microsoft has acknowledged the problem, but has yet to patch in a fix though it is not sure when that will happen. There will be a scheduled patch next Tuesday so probably it will be out by then. Either way, the company has issued a straightforward workaround to use for the time being.

In a support page post, Microsoft says users can uninstall and install them again. While that may work, the company says the best way to solve the problem is to re-register them using PowerShell.

The PowerShell method is a little  complicated, but most users should be fine in doing it. The following PowerShell commands will restore the apps but some users say this method is not 100% effective.

  • In Search, type PowerShell.  then right-click Windows PowerShell and select Run as administrator.
  • In the Powershell window type 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”)}
  • Once the PowerShell commands are completed, the apps should appear in the app list, and can be pinned to the Start Menu.

Microsoft says there is no guarantee that any of these methods will work, so we are gonna have a hit and miss until a permanent patch is issued.

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