How to Reinstall the Photos App in Windows 10?

If the Photos app does not start or causes an error, you can repair it using PowerShell. Here are the steps for Windows 10.

Click Start, type powershell, right-click Windows Powershell and choose Run as Administrator

To re-register or reinstall the Photos app, use one of the following methods:

Option 1

Execute the following command:

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

Option 2

First, run the following command to get the Package ID of Photos App and then use it in the 2nd command below:

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.Photos -allusers | select PackageFullName

Note down the Package name shown. For example, if the Package name is listed as Microsoft.Windows.Photos_16.302.8200.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe, execute the next command as follows:

Add-AppxPackage -register "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Windows.Photos_16.302.8200.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\AppxManifest.xml" -DisableDevelopmentMode

This reinstalls the Photos App.

Another option to install Photos is to download it from Windows Store.

Open Windows Store from Start/Search.

In the Store App, search for Microsoft Photos and install it.

Uninstalling Photos app

Type the following command and press {ENTER}

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.Photos | Remove-AppxPackage

This uninstalls the Photos App.

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13 thoughts on “How to Reinstall the Photos App in Windows 10?”

  1. Typical Windows crap. Never changes. When you get to be Win100, will be the same junk. I was bragging the other day about how well my PC was running. Now this. Who needs to worry about spam and other malware when MS Windows is around?

  2. finally thank you for this, after i destroyed my profile by editing the username and got the temp profile and fixed it using the regedit, the photos apps is gone then others where gone too, then this it restored YOU SAVED MY LIFE!

  3. Is it possible to revert to the pre Win 10 Anniversary update version which was pushed back in November 16. The current version is much different and has lost a lot of useful adjustments.

    • You can rollback to v1511 within 10 days after installing v1607. IMO, v1607 has so many bug fixes and improves the stability. v1511 is very buggy. Other option is a clean install using v1511 DVD or ISO.

  4. @Bernard: Yes. Run Get-AppxPackage | out-gridview or Get-AppxPackage -allusers | out-gridview in PowerShell to see the entire list of packages. You can use the same procedure (as reinstalling Photos) to install other apps. You need to run PowerShell as administrator if you’re going to use the -allusers switch.

  5. The Get command doesn’t work at all. I always get error –
    ” The term ‘Get’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check the
    spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.”

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