How to Reset a Windows 10 App When it Fails to Work?

Windows 10 Anniversary Update (to be released on Aug 2, 2016), includes a feature where you can quickly reset a store App without having to uninstall and reinstall it. Universal Apps store their settings in per-app registry hives and the resetting the App is probably the only way you can clear the settings.

Open Settings (WinKey + i) and search for, and launch Apps & Features.

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Select the app which you want to reset, click the Advanced options link, and click Reset.



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This clears the settings used by the App, including stored credentials for that App (or service) if it uses one.


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2 thoughts on “How to Reset a Windows 10 App When it Fails to Work?”

  1. Instructions don’t relate to what’s on screen. There is no “Advenced options” link.
    Nor can I simply install the offending app over the existing one, as I can with others’ products.
    It appears despite claims, I will have to uninstall an App, then if I’m very lucky at this rate, install it again.

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