Windows 10: How do I restore Start Menu Apps

  1. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 17134.191
       04 Jun 2016 #1

    How do I restore Start Menu Apps


    Over time, I've deleted almost all the Apps that showed in the Start menu. Now I'd like to put them all back and set the Start Menu so it shows all the original Apps.

    I've run this command from a Elevated Power Shell several times and it runs to completion then stops and restarts Explorer, but the Start Menu still shows only the two apps I left there.

    Code:
    Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
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  2. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       04 Jun 2016 #2

    Ztruker said: View Post
    Over time, I've deleted almost all the Apps that showed in the Start menu. Now I'd like to put them all back and set the Start Menu so it shows all the original Apps.

    I've run this command from a Elevated Power Shell several times and it runs to completion then stops and restarts Explorer, but the Start Menu still shows only the two apps I left there.

    Code:
    Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
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    I've done a few apps the hard way, find them in the All Apps list and right-click a program, click Pin to Start which has always added to the bottom of the Tiles section then I could click and drag them to organization I desired. Other than that it might take a Reset but I dislike having to reinstall programs if not necessary for any other reason. I've had a few where I had to locate the .exe file and create a shortcut on the Desktop then Pin that to either Start or Taskbar.
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  3. davidhk's Avatar
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    windows 10 Home threshold2
       04 Jun 2016 #3

    Ztruker said: View Post
    Over time, I've deleted almost all the Apps that showed in the Start menu. Now I'd like to put them all back and set the Start Menu so it shows all the original Apps.

    I've run this command from a Elevated Power Shell several times and it runs to completion then stops and restarts Explorer, but the Start Menu still shows only the two apps I left there.

    Code:
    Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
    Click image for larger version. 

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    1. How-to-Geek has a tutorial on uninstalling and re-install built-in apps in Windows 10.
    At the end of the part about re-installing, it says this...........................
    This tells Windows to install those default apps again. Give it some time and allow it to finish, even if nothing appears to happen at first. Even if you see an error message, restart and examine your Start menu — you may just have all those default apps back again, anyway.

    2. Would you consider reinstalling Windows 10 ?
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  4. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 17134.191
    Thread Starter
       04 Jun 2016 #4

    2. Would you consider reinstalling Windows 10 ?
    Yes, staring a clean install now. The more I read, the more it looked like my deleting the apps via Powershell commands meant I had to re-install them from the App store. Clean install is a better way.
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  5. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 17134.191
    Thread Starter
       05 Jun 2016 #5

    Clean install fixed it (of course). Took about 4 hours start to finish to get everything back where I started from, with all Apps back in place. Next is a image backup so I can always get back to where I'm at now.
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