Windows 10: Microsoft Apps suddenly broken Solved

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  1. Posts : 1,657
    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       13 Feb 2016 #51

    I was replying in posts 47 &49 to posts 45 & 46 referring to repair install. Post 48 refers to repairing Windows which some might take to mean a repair install.
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    windows 10 Home threshold2
       13 Feb 2016 #52

    Steve C said: View Post
    I was replying in posts 47 &49 to posts 45 & 46 referring to repair install. Post 48 refers to repairing Windows which some might take to mean a repair install.
    Sorry, my last reply was addressed to Clayto, not you.
    I have amended my reply indicating my reply is directed to him.
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    Windows 10 Home 64-bit and ANDROID Lollipop
       13 Feb 2016 #53

    "reinstall or repair" are referred to together in the Microsoft forum reply.

    David Pogue may or may not be wrong --- though he is a long established leading writer in the field. The point I am making is that with so much contradiction among 'experts' how is a non-expert like me to judge the best course of action?

    Brink's article is out of my range but more specifically this: "You will need at least around 8.87 GB + what Windows is currently using of free space available on the Windows drive." My 32 GB SSD Tablet now has only about 3 GB free, despite a lot of effort going in to freeing up space in different ways. I managed to get the upgrade done successfully when it had only 5 GB and just managed to do the November update myself when it was still 5 GB but since then it has shrunk further, for reasons I do not understand, despite transferring all the apps I can and downloading any new programs to drive D.

    I was only considering a re-install because it has been recommended as the only way to deal with the 'app trashing' November update bug, but may be making some progress with that by other means.
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    Windows 10 Home 64-bit and ANDROID Lollipop
       04 Apr 2016 #54

    Update. I have carried out a clean re-install due to having totally lost all sound services which MS online techs could not resolve and to remove the November update bug (two birds one stone). The latter was cured at last but not the sound problems. Now that is sorted too, by re-installing an earlier version of the audio driver, hence an example of updating drivers not always being a good idea. Because
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  5.    04 Apr 2016 #55

    clayto said: View Post
    Update. I have carried out a clean re-install due to having totally lost all sound services which MS online techs could not resolve and to remove the November update bug (two birds one stone). The latter was cured at last but not the sound problems. Now that is sorted too, by re-installing an earlier version of the audio driver, hence an example of updating drivers not always being a good idea. Because
    Did you do one of those in-place upgrades/reinstall? If so, how did it work? Was it literally as you left it after?
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  6.    04 Apr 2016 #56

    Yeah I'd be curious too should the need ever arise. Does your computer return to what it was before? The main thing that always puts me off trying to re install Windows is losing all your hard work and programs. For example iTunes, steam with all the game installs plus various other game clients and software. How safe is that sort of stuff in a repair/ in place upgrade or some of the other options (I forget what they are now (reset / refresh ???)
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  7. Posts : 199
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit and ANDROID Lollipop
       05 Apr 2016 #57

    Hello

    I do not think my experience will be of much use to either of you. This is because I have a major problem with a small SSD with very limited free storage space. As a result MS techs failed to re-install W10, it would get to the end then report failure and roll back to my previous installation. I managed to learn from mistakes and carry out the re-install myself by opting not to keep anything: apps, programs, all files. --- this was OK for me because due to the inadequate storage issue I had been in the process of moving everything to external storage (Memory Cards and USB Flash Drives), keeping the SSD C drive (amost) exclusively for the OS. It is working well for me this way, but I have the impression it will not be what you want.
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  8.    18 May 2016 #58

    I fixed this issue and wrote a small PowerShell script that should hopefully solve it for anyone else. The problem is that the physical .xml manifest file is missing off the filesystem, however it likely still exists within a table in StateRepository-Deployment.srd. This (and StateRep-Machine) is the system database file (sqlite-based) that controls many aspects of the installed store apps.

    The script I created is located at:
    Fix for Remove-AppxPackage error . Requires psexec to be installed · GitHub


    There are two requirements, you must have psexec.exe installed and available in the environment PATH (can you run psexec.exe from the shell without giving it an absolute path?) - and you must be running the script as an admin.

    It will utilize PsExec.exe to access the StateRepository-Machine.srd file to get a list of all installed apps and the expected manifest paths. It will then query StateRepository-Deployment.srd to get the contents of the manifest file. It will then create the files in that location with those contents. PsExec.exe is necessary so it can be ran under the LOCAL SYSTEM security context, so we don't have to gain access to those files by changing filesystem permissions.

    I tested it pretty thoroughly and ran it on my machine and it fixed the problems I was having. I have not tested this with other users' configurations, but please let me know if you have any issues.

    PsExec.exe can be downloaded as a part of the SysInternals free system tools at: Sysinternals Suite

    I hope this helps someone else.

    Screenshots:
    (1st pic, is the error I was receiving trying to uninstall an appx package - before running my script)
    (2nd pic, running the script)
    (3rd pic, uninstalling apps!)

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  9.    21 May 2016 #59

    aplocher said: View Post
    I fixed this issue and wrote a small PowerShell script that should hopefully solve it for anyone else. The problem is that the physical .xml manifest file is missing off the filesystem, however it likely still exists within a table in StateRepository-Deployment.srd.
    While in my case StateRepository-Deployment.srd did not contain missing data, the table is completely EMPTY, just having a list of missing files was veery helpful. (After I figured that I have to install *Nuget and Sqlite* libraries manually first.)

    In my case, I use Language Pack and there are a lot of similar complaints, if you google for "0_neutral_split.language" (Btw some mention that installing appx packages via powershell deletes "0_neutral_split.language" - I did not check)

    Hence, from your script I got a lengthy list that looked like this:
    * Generating C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\AppRepository\Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub_2015.7012.23531.0_neutra l_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe.xml* Generating C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\AppRepository\Microsoft.WindowsStore_11602.1.26.0_neutral_split.lan guage-ru_8wekyb3d8bbwe.xml

    It did not generate anything. But the file Microsoft.WindowsStore_11602.1.26.0_neutral_split.language-ru_8wekyb3d8bbwe.xml I simply copied from other system as final step.

    Windows Store kind of works for a new user accounts if you don't touch anything. So all other files I actually restored manually: I changed *default new user language to RU*, created new user, logged into new user and logged into Windows Store and installed all apps mentioned. That resulted in "0_neutral_split.language" files being downloaded.

    As I had to copy 1 missing file from other system anyway, I think copying all other missing files is more straightforward.
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  10. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Professional
       25 May 2016 #60

    @aplocher
    I tried your script, but it freezes on "Now attempting to regenerate missing manifest files..."
    Should something happen instantly or it just can take a long time?
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