Remove & Reinstall Windows 10 Default / Preinstalled Apps

Walter Isaacson
Walter Isaacson Last Updated: May 18, 2022

Remove & Reinstall Windows 10 Default / Preinstalled Apps

If you experience issues with any of the Windows 10 default apps, you can choose to reinstall them through the Command Prompt and Windows Store. Reinstalling the Windows default apps can also help if you've recently changed the system language and the apps haven't been updated yet.

[Solution 1] Reset The Default Apps

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Open System and click Apps & features.
  3. Click on the app you wish to reinstall and select Advanced options.
  4. Click Reset and let the process finish.

[Solution 2] Reinstall The Default Apps With Powershell


  1. Open PowerShell (Admin).

    • To uninstall the 3D Builder app, execute Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • To uninstall the Alarms & Clock app, execute Get-AppxPackage *windowsalarms* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • To uninstall the Calculator app, execute Get-AppxPackage *windowscalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • To uninstall the Camera app, execute Get-AppxPackage *windowscamera* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • To uninstall the Get Office app, execute Get-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • To uninstall the Get Started app, execute Get-AppxPackage *getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • To uninstall the Groove Music app, execute Get-AppxPackage *zunemusic* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • To uninstall the Mail & Calendar app, execute Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • To uninstall the Maps app, execute Get-AppxPackage *windowsmaps* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • To uninstall the Money, Sports, News and Weather app, execute Get-AppxPackage *bing* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • To uninstall the People app, execute Get-AppxPackage *people* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • To uninstall the Phone Companion app, execute Get-AppxPackage *phone* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • To uninstall the Photos app, execute Get-AppxPackage *photo* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • To uninstall the Skype app, execute Get-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • To uninstall the Solitaire Collection app, execute Get-AppxPackage *solit* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • To uninstall the Voice Recorder app, execute Get-AppxPackage *soundrec* | Remove-AppxPackage
    • To uninstall the Xbox app, execute Get-AppxPackage *xbox* | Remove-AppxPackage

  2. Open the Windows Store.
  3. Search for any apps you uninstalled and choose to install them.

Walter Isaacson
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Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson, a professor of history at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chair of CNN, and editor of Time. He is the author of 'Leonardo da Vinci; The Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. Visit him at Isaacson.Tulane.edu and on Twitter at @WalterIsaacson


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