[Fixed] Apps Vanishing After Windows 10 Fall Creators Update


Update (November 15, 1:00 pm IST): Microsoft has fixed the missing apps bug in Windows 10 FCU with the release of the cumulative update KB4048955 (OS Build 16299.64) released on November 14. Affected users can download the fix via Windows Update or manually by visiting Microsoft Update Catalog website.

Windows 10 users have started to receive the Fall Creators Update. But it seems life isn’t that pleasant for some after upgrading to the newest version of Windows 10. Users have reported that icons for some Windows 10 apps were nowhere to be seen in the Start Menu after installing the Fall Creators Update on the machine.

The users can’t open such apps from the Sart Menu or via Cortana. Microsoft has addressed the issue and offered a temporary fix until the company figures out something permanent.

Users having missing apps in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update can repair or reset the affected apps by visiting Settings > Apps > Apps & features. In the list of installed apps, click the desired app > Advanced options > Reset.

Users can also choose to remove and then re-install the missing apps in Windows 10. Microsoft has also suggested a Powershell-based method to get back the broken apps to normal. However, it doesn’t guarantee a positive outcome.

If you have a lot of missing apps, advanced users can instead attempt to restore all of them at once using the following PowerShell commands.

Note, however, that if Steps 1 and 2 were already attempted and did not restore your missing apps, this PowerShell solution will also likely not succeed.

In Cortana, type PowerShell. In the search results, right-click Windows PowerShell and select Run as administrator.

In the Powershell window type the following commands. These steps may take a few minutes to complete.

  • reg delete “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\TileDataModel\Migration\TileStore” /va /f
  • get-appxpackage -packageType bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “\appxmetadata\appxbundlemanifest.xml”)}
  • $bundlefamilies = (get-appxpackage -packagetype Bundle).packagefamilyname
  • get-appxpackage -packagetype main |? {-not ($bundlefamilies -contains $_.packagefamilyname)} |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “\appxmanifest.xml”)}

Once the PowerShell commands are completed, the apps should appear in the app list, and can be pinned to the Start Menu.

If nothing mentioned above works in your case, you can choose to rollback to previous Windows 10 version. Please note that you can do so only within 10 days after you have installed the Fall Creators Update. The last mile solution would be using the Reset your PC option in Windows 10.

Source: Microsoft via MSPowerUser

How is your experience with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, tell us in the comments.

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Aditya Tiwari

Aditya Tiwari

Aditya likes to cover topics related to Microsoft, Windows 10, Apple Watch, and interesting gadgets. But when he is not working, you can find him binge-watching random videos on YouTube (after he has wasted an hour on Netflix trying to find a good show). Reach out at [email protected]
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