Windows 10: Microsoft Apps suddenly broken Solved

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  1.    22 Jan 2016 #31

    IFlip92 said: View Post
    ^ does this guy sound like a spammy robot or what? The blog post looks legit though.
    Hi IFlip,

    Was just helping out with a working solution to the Windows App issues.
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  2.    22 Jan 2016 #32

    IFlip92 said: View Post
    ^ does this guy sound like a spammy robot or what? The blog post looks legit though.
    It look OK but I would only download from MS not someone's blog no matter how well meaning they are.
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  3. Posts : 1,482
    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       22 Jan 2016 #33

    Well done Theodore for finding this fix. It's strange that Windows Store is a Windows app and is not fixed by SFC /SCANNOW. Is there a similar fix for Windows 8 apps which are also prone to having problems? I had various problems with my W10 upgrade (including apps) and did a clean install last week which was time well spent.

    I took the precaution of making Macrium Reflect backups of the clean install immediately after the W10 installation and after installing all my apps & programs. I should have the apps folders if needed from these backups. However, what happens after a major upgrade to W10? Will the apps folders in my clean install backup and the link posted by Theodore still be valid?
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  4.    22 Jan 2016 #34

    Steve C said: View Post
    However, what happens after a major upgrade to W10? Will the apps folders in my clean install backup and the link posted by Theodore still be valid?
    Maybe, but as time goes by probably not.

    The problem with this approach (rather than a repair install) is it gets fiddly. You have to not only have the correct versions of each app but the correct version of pre-requisites of that app (so you need the right versions of VClibs and .NET in C:\Program Files\WindowsApps as well).

    For example Mail in 10586 has these dependancies (from the AppManifest.xml file)
    Code:
      <Dependencies>
        <TargetDeviceFamily Name="Windows.Desktop" MinVersion="10.0.10240.0" MaxVersionTested="10.0.10240.0" />
        <PackageDependency Name="Microsoft.VCLibs.140.00" MinVersion="14.0.22810.0" Publisher="CN=Microsoft Corporation, O=Microsoft Corporation, L=Redmond, S=Washington, C=US" />
      </Dependencies>
    This could mean after an upgrade (either of OS or apps) while you could use the exact same approach - you might have to track down an updated (or older) version of dependencies (it isn't hard to identify - powershell will tell you when you try to install if you don't have it).

    If you got an ISO after an upgrade you could extract them from there I guess as the upgrade will update your apps but will not update your old backup so you would have all you needed (somewhere).

    I did install windows 8 store (by copying all the files and dependancies) into one of the Windows 10 previews (because I'd uninstalled it by mistake and only had Window 8 to copy from) and it immediately updated itself but it was quite a hassle.

    I do like @Thodore thinking here - it is clever. But for the future what would be nice is if MS would let you do the apps part of the repair install on its own (without upgrading everything else) as this problem does seem to happen a lot.
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  5. Posts : 1,482
    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       22 Jan 2016 #35

    I think MS needs a comprehensive Apps Troubleshooter in view of all the apps problems in W10 & W8.
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  6.    22 Jan 2016 #36

    Steve C said: View Post
    I think MS needs a comprehensive Apps Troubleshooter in view of all the apps problems in W10 & W8.
    Oh yes, agree with you there. Their Apps troubleshooter (there is one you know) is pitiful.

    As far as I can figure out it checks the ownership of one directory and then gives up.

    I can understand their networking troubleshooter being utterly useless (lots of different hardware and so on) but they should have control over their own programs which are delivered as part of every upgrade.

    Mind you, it is my hobby so it would be dull for me if it was all too easy
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  7. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 x64 1511 (Threshold 2 10586.36)
       22 Jan 2016 #37

    Theodore said: View Post
    Download the missing Windows App files from here and then just copy and paste it into the C:\Program Files\WindowsApps Folder. You need to take ownership of the Windows App Folder to let Windows allow you to paste it.
    Your exhaustive efforts are immensely appreciated. Following your instructions I can confirm, function of my alarms app has been restored. I don't have time to test the others at the moment. Keep up the brilliant work!
    Last edited by Brink; 12 Feb 2016 at 13:21. Reason: removed link
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  8. Posts : 181
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit and ANDROID Lollipop
       22 Jan 2016 #38

    Repair re-install not necessary?


    Thank you both. This looks very positive and helpful, I feel at last I may have a chance of getting somewhere. If I can settle the apps and Store problem without re-installing I will be very pleased. I will start serious work on it tomorrow.

    In the meantime I will explain about the Calendar. I cannot delete past or future entries, either one-off or series which have multiplied automatically making quite a mess. For a while I could not create new entries but now I can. But when I click on an existing entry I want t remove, the editing page opens but there is no delete option or other way to delete. The Live Tile has been OK.

    One reason I have been wary of the re-install is this: I paid a professional (quite a lot) to do the upgrade because I feared difficulties due to the small amount of free storage space on my SSD, only 5 GB, despite spending months preparing with several strategies to reduce the amount of disc space used. I now have only about 3 GB. If I had to re-install would I face the same issue, or worse? I struggled (but succeeded} with installing the November update which was held up by messages saying my storage space was not enough.
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  9.    23 Jan 2016 #39

    Theodore said: View Post
    Hi Clay

    Yes, you are right. The November Update has a bug that breaks windows apps when we try to fix it through the Appx cmdlet using PowerShell. In fact the Appx commands reinstalls the Windows Apps correctly, However, due to the bug, it also immediately deletes a folder within the Windows apps folder that is required for the respective Apps to launch successfully. If that deleted folder is replaced for each app that is broken, It will be up and running.

    I spent quite some time trying to figure out what is happening and was able to finally get to the solution. The logic is simple, replace the missing folders back into the windows app folder. We need to follow a systematic approach fixing it. It could be the ultimate solution, until Microsoft Fixes it. I have posted the walk-through step by step in my Blog techtantri. Please check it, it would surely be helpful for our Windows 10 Community. I had also provided a fix for reinstalling edge browser which was shared in this forum by Slugger.

    I can help guide you to fix the calendar app and all other Windows Apps without having to ever re-install Windows for these issues. Please post here, the symptoms of the issue as well as the steps that you had already followed trying to fix it. It will usually take no more than 5 minutes to fix the calendar App.

    Download the missing Windows App files from here and then just copy and paste it into the C:\Program Files\WindowsApps Folder. You need to take ownership of the Windows App Folder to let Windows allow you to paste it.
    This solution worked, but only after I had re-upgraded to Windows 10 with the Media Creation Tool, but this wasn't a problem as it meant none of my apps, settings, or files were altered.
    Thanks
    Last edited by Brink; 12 Feb 2016 at 13:21. Reason: removed link
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  10. Posts : 181
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit and ANDROID Lollipop
       03 Feb 2016 #40

    I have just started on Theodore's Fix for the broken apps --- with a considerable amount of trepidation.

    I have encountered an ERROR notification in Step 6, Setting Permission for App Packages. At the last instruction I get this message "Failed to enumerate objects in the container. Access is denied." I have gone through the procedure again, with care but with the same result."

    Can someone advise please? I have only a vague idea of what the message might mean.
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