[Fix] Apps Missing After Installing Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

After installing the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, many users experience an unusual issue with App icons on the Start screen. Here’s the list of symptoms:

1. The App icons go missing from the Start menu as well as Taskbar.

2. Some apps missing from Apps & Features list in Settings.

3. Apps not appearing in Start menu / Cortana search results.

4. Start menu Pinned apps appearing with a “download” arrow icon.

5. When attempting to install the apps, Windows Store informs you that the app is already installed.

Start menu app icons missing
App icons missing in Start menu

What Microsoft has to say about this?

Microsoft employee “Jestoni Mac” has acknowledged this issue in a Microsoft Community forum post: Missing apps after installing Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

After installing the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, some apps are missing from the Start Menu on some devices. The missing apps are no longer pinned in the Start Menu, nor are they in the list of apps. If I search for the app, Cortana is not able to find it and instead points me to the Store to install it. But the Store says that the app is already installed.

So, apps registration has gone haywire after installing the feature update v1709, and here is how to fix it.

Method 1: Repair apps via Settings

If this issue is seen only for a handful of apps, this method is recommended.

1. Click Start, Settings, and click Apps

2. Under Apps & Features, select the affected app from the list.

3. Click Advanced options link.

4. Click the Repair button.

repair or reset app windows 10
Repair an app via Apps & Features

5. Repeat this for other affected apps.

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If that doesn’t help, uninstall the affected apps via Apps & Features and then reinstall them from the Windows Store.

Method 2: Re-register all built-in Windows 10 apps using PowerShell

This method is preferred especially if every built-in Windows 10 app is affected. In that case, re-registering them en-masse should help.

1. Start Powershell as Administrator. To do so, right-click Start, and click “Windows PowerShell (Admin)”. You can also search for powershell.exe in the Start menu search, right-click on the PowerShell shortcut and choose “Run as administrator”.

2. Type (or copy and paste) the following command in PowerShell window and hit ENTER.

Get-AppxPackage -allusers | foreach {Add-AppxPackage -register "$($_.InstallLocation)\appxmanifest.xml" -DisableDevelopmentMode}

The above PowerShell command reinstalls or re-registers all the built-in Windows 10 apps.

If the above fails to recover your App icons or shortcuts, use this method prescribed by a Microsoft Support Engineer.

In the Powershell window type the following commands in the same order provided. These steps may take a few minutes to 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")}

Hope the comprehensive reinstall method resolves the issue.

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Method 3: Uninstall the affected apps and reinstall them

If the above methods don’t help, another option would be to uninstall all default Windows 10 apps using this command-line, and reinstall them as specified in Method 2.

Get-AppxPackage | Remove-AppxPackage

Then follow up with the steps under “Method 2″ to re-register all built-in Windows 10”.

After this procedure, additional 3rd party apps can be installed from the Windows Store.

That’s it!

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2 thoughts on “[Fix] Apps Missing After Installing Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

  1. This will fix the Cortana search for the windows apps.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Windows10/comments/6bnly1/help_windows_10_search_bar_wont_open_programs/

    Prepare:

    Check this folder exists “C:\Users\ (Affected Username)\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy”

    Write down the username part.

    Goal:

    We will rename this directory into something else, so that Cortana can rebuild the entire thing again.

    Enter into safe mode (Shift + click “restart” at the login screen -> After restart, choose “Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart”)
    In Windows 10 safe mode, open up both powershell(Admin) and Task Manager.
    In Task manager, end both processes “explorer.exe” and “Cortana”

    In Powershell(Admin), use this line:

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

    Win+r > type in “explorer.exe”. Ui should be back again.

    Restart computer and done.

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