How to reinstall all the Windows 10 default apps with PowerShell

A while ago, we wrote a tutorial in which we explained how to uninstall any or even all the default built-in apps from Windows 10. Apps like Calendar, Mail, Camera, Photosand so on. We also promised to write a guide in which we showed you how to get them all back, if you changed your mind or you need them again. Today, we are back to fulfill our promise and share how to get back the default apps that are shipped with Windows 10. Don't worry, it's a very simple process and a quick one too. Let's get started:

IMPORTANT NOTE: The steps we'll show you in this tutorial will help you reinstall all the default apps from Windows 10, with one exception: the Store. If you also uninstalled the Store from your Windows 10 device, you won't be able to reinstall any universal app afterwards. You won't be able to do it even if you refresh or reset your Windows 10 computer. The only way to get the Store back, and then be able to install other apps, is to make a clean Windows 10 installation.

Step 1. Open PowerShell as Administrator

First of all, you must open PowerShell with administrative rights. The fastest way to do that is to use Cortana's search bar from the taskbar. Type "powershell", right click (or tap and hold) on the Windows PowerShell result and then click or tap on "Run as administrator".

Of course, PowerShell can be opened by following other methods as well. If you'd like more insight on PowerShell, what it is, how to open it and what you can do with it, you should also read this article: What is PowerShell & What can you do with it?.

Once PowerShell is launched, you should see a window similar to this one:

Step 2. Run the reinstall command for default Windows 10 apps

In order to reinstall all the Windows 10 built-in apps which you uninstalled over time, all you have to do is run a certain command. Type or copy-paste the following command inside your PowerShell window:

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

After you've entered the above command in Powershell, press Enter. Windows 10 will start installing all its default apps again. Note that this step might take more than just a few seconds to finish and you may see some alarming red messages inside the PowerShell window. However, you shouldn't panic: let it do its job!

Step 3. Reboot your Windows 10 device

Once the command we showed you earlier has finished running, PowerShell will simply display the current folder path. There are no messages or additional confirmations displayed. Now you can close PowerShell and reboot your Windows 10 device. This is it!

When you login, you should find all your missing Windows 10 default apps available.


As you can see, bringing back all the Windows 10 default apps is easy and it doesn't take too long. After all, it's all about running a PowerShell command. Do you know other ways to get the built-in apps back into Windows 10? Don't hesitate to let us know in the comments form below. Also, if you have any questions, ask and we'll try to help.