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How to re-add missing apps to the Start menu in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709) is now slowly rolling out to compatible devices delivering a new set of features and enhancements, but it appears that not everyone is having a smooth upgrade experience. Alongside a number of problems already reported, some users have also been complaining about apps going missing after installing this release.

At the Microsoft forums (opens in new tab), the company explains that after installing the Fall Creators Update, you may notice some app entries missing in the Start menu, and they won't appear in the App list or the Live Tile section. In addition, searching for the app will only show the result to get it from the Microsoft Store, but the Store would say that the app is already installed on your PC.

Microsoft is currently investigating the problem, but until there is a permanent solution, the company is offering a few troubleshooting tips to fix the issue on your device.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the Microsoft's recommendations to resolve the problem of missing apps after installing the Fall Creators Update.

How to repair missing apps on Windows 10

The first thing you can do to restore any missing app is to use the Settings app to repair or reset the app in question.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click on Apps & features.
  4. Select the app with the problem.
  5. Click the Advanced options link.

  1. Click the Repair button. If the option isn't available, or it didn't fix the problem, click the Reset button, which will delete the app's data along with settings and preferences.

After completing the steps, the app should once again appear in the App list and pinned in the Start menu.

How to reinstall missing apps on Windows 10

If the repair and reset options didn't fix the problem and app still missing, you could try reinstalling the app.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click on Apps & features.
  4. Select the app with the problem.
  5. Click the Uninstall button.

  1. Click the Uninstall button to confirm.
  2. Open the Store.
  3. Search for the app you just uninstalled.
  4. Click the Get button to reinstall.

Once you've completed the steps, the app should now appear in the Start menu again.

How to re-register apps using PowerShell on Windows 10

The two methods outlined above are more suited if you only have a few apps missing, but if your Start menu has a lot of apps missing, it's recommended to re-register them all in bulk using PowerShell.

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for PowerShell, right-click the result, and select Run as administrator.
  3. Type the following commands to re-register the missing apps and press Enter on each line:
    • Quick Tip: Make sure to close all running applications, including My People from the taskbar on Settings > Personalization > Taskbar to prevent seeing error message 0X80073D02 during the process.
    reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\TileDataModel\Migration\TileStore" /va /fget-appxpackage -packageType bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + "\appxmetadata\appxbundlemanifest.xml")}$bundlefamilies = (get-appxpackage -packagetype Bundle).packagefamilynameget-appxpackage -packagetype main |? {-not ($bundlefamilies -contains $_.packagefamilyname)} |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + "\appxmanifest.xml")}

After completing the steps mentioned above, all the missing apps should now appear in the Start menu. However, according to Microsoft, if you've already tried the repair, reset, and reinstall options, the PowerShell commands are likely not going to fix the problem.

How to go back to previous version of Windows 10

If you have already tried all the troubleshooting steps to restore the missing apps on your device and nothing has worked, you may have to consider to go back to the previous version of Windows 10.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Recovery.
  4. Under "Go back to a previous version of Windows 10", click the Get started button.
    • Note: If you don't see the option in the Settings app, you won't be able to rollback, but you can use the Reset this PC feature to try to fix the problem

  1. Select the reason you're rolling back.
  2. Click Next.
  3. Click No, thanks.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Click Next again.
  6. Click Go back to earlier build to begin the process.

After going back to the previous version, it's a good idea to block the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on your device until Microsoft releases a more permanent fix for this problem.

How to reset your PC to its default settings

Alternatively, if the above instructions didn't fix the problem, and you still have missing apps in the Start menu, you can try resetting your device to remove all the apps, drivers, and settings on your current installation.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Recovery.
  4. Under "Reset this PC," click the Get Started button.

  1. Select the Keep may files options.

  1. Click Next.
  2. Click Reset to begin the process.

Once you've completed the steps, your device will reset to its default settings fixing all the missing apps in the Start menu. However, you'll need to re-install any other app you may have downloaded previously from the Microsoft Store, and any traditional (win32) applications. Also, you'll need to re-apply your settings and drivers as needed, but your personal files will be kept.

Have you come across this issue after upgrading to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update? Did any of these solutions fix the problem on your PC? Tell us in the comments.

More Windows 10 resources

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

18 Comments
  • Whats the point of insider builds if bugs like this get through? 
  • Indeed, that's pretty big and obvious bug that has gone unnoticed by insiders and MS. Good thing is that there isn't any end-user backslash about it, so we could safely asume that apps aren't used en masse.
  • [SOLVED] This is a permissions problem on C:\Program Files\WindowsApps use this article to take ownership of the folder, then give yourself permissions, then reboot: This stupid site wont let you post a link so go to the maketecheasier site and open: access-windowsapps-folder-windows-10  
  • What if the store goes missing
  • The Microsoft Store is also a built-in app, the PowerShell command should also reinstalling the Store as far as I know.
  • Hoping this works for me.
  • Ugh...getting the following error on the last step. add-appxpackage : Cannot find path 'C:\appxmanifest.xml' because it does not exist.
    At line:1 char:98
    + ... yname)} |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.ins ...
    +                 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        + CategoryInfo          : ObjectNotFound: (C:\appxmanifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], ItemNotFoundException
        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : PathNotFound,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand add-appxpackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073D02, The package could not be installed because resources it
    modifies are currently in use.
    error 0x80073D02: Unable to install because the following apps need to be closed
    Microsoft.Windows.ShellExperienceHost_10.0.16299.15_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy.
    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] 1990d8da-47d3-0001-bb38-fe1fd347d301 in the Event Log or use
    the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 1990d8da-47d3-0001-bb38-fe1fd347d301
    At line:1 char:98
    + ... yname)} |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.ins ...
    +                 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (C:\Windows\Syst...ppxmanifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], Exception
        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand add-appxpackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073D02, The package could not be installed because resources it
    modifies are currently in use.
    error 0x80073D02: Unable to install because the following apps need to be closed
    Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_41.16299.15.0_neutral__8wekyb3d8bbwe.
    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] 1990d8da-47d3-0000-a04e-ad1dd347d301 in the Event Log or use
    the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 1990d8da-47d3-0000-a04e-ad1dd347d301
    At line:1 char:98
    + ... yname)} |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.ins ...
    +                 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (C:\Windows\Syst...ppxmanifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], Exception
        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand
  • Are you running PowerShell as administrator? Did you close all running apps as suggested? For the log it seems that you some apps were open at time you ran the command. Also for the "add-appxpackage : Cannot find path" part of the log, it seems that you have something wrong in your installation. For example, your user profile may be corrupted. You can also try this https://www.windowscentral.com/how-troubleshoot-and-fix-windows-10-problems-using-local-account
  • Had a similar problem a few months back, when I lost a couple of apps. Couldn't browse the SystemApps folder and couldn't give myself permission. I think it was locked to TrustedInstaller Eventually changed ownership of the folder to Administrator and that seemed to work OK.
  • Just in case, I double-checked the commands again, and it's working on the lab machine.
  • Microsoft has more people now building for iOS and Android than working on Windows. Nadella killed Windows Mobile, the best mobile OS ever, so what can we expect from such a visionary... I already had to restore my work desktop two times.
  • Have you got a link to the numbers of people working in each department? Would be interesting reading.
  • Very nice joke: Windows 10 Mobile, the best Mobile OS ever?... LOL!!!, it was barely an OS, buggy as no one ever, the next to dissapear is Windows 10. Hardly but I wish that. Enough of the OS with more vulnerabilities that exist today.
  • After the upgrade I've had many problems: missing apps and software from start, error in pattern rendering of the desktop wall paper and many problems about installing and unistalling apps from the Store. Later I tried to reset the PC but surprise: BSOD! PROCESS1_INITIALIZATION-FAILED So I installed Windows from scratch and now I've got only one problem: if I try to uninstall an app from store by clicking on the live tile on start, the app goes away but not the live tile; the same when I uninstall an app by clicking on it in the app list, the app goes away but not the live tile. Any suggestion?
  • Could you share the wallpaper please?
  • It seems inspired by or similar to those included with certain Linux distributions?
  • <p>please help! My start menu is not opening. The pinned apps on the taskbar are disappeared and the few ones that are left are not also opening. Right now l cannot access setting or even to shut down /restart the system without using the shut down button on the system. This happened 12 days after I upgraded to windows 10 fall creator update. Please help.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • With the usual consistency, Microsoft rolls out an update that trashes someting and gives nothing tangible in return. My start menu quick launch shortcuts are gone, replaces with a bunch of nonsensical TRASH. Quality is Job None!