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

Windows 10 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 resetting the app is probably the only way you can clear the settings.

Open Settings (Win + 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.

Reset apps using PowerShell

Starting with Insider Preview build 20175 and higher, Windows 10 now includes the new Reset-AppXPackage PowerShell cmdlet that can reset any UWP app. Here’s the syntax:



Reset a single app

  1. Open PowerShell and run this command to view the list of app names:
    Get-AppxPackage | Select name
  2. Copy the app name (e.g., Microsoft.Windows.Photos) from the list, that you want to reset.
  3. Run the following command to reset that app:
    Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.Photos | Reset-AppxPackage

This resets the Photos app.

Note: If you run the above Reset-AppXPackage command in Windows 10 builds earlier than 20175, the following error would occur:

Reset-AppXPackage : The term 'Reset-AppXPackage' 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.

Reset multiple apps in one go

To reset multiple apps in one go, run this command:

 Get-AppxPackage | Out-GridView -Passthru | Reset-AppXPackage

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Select the apps that you want to reset. Use the Ctrl key to multi-select items in the grid view, and click OK.


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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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