How to Restore Accidentally Uninstalled Built-in Apps in Windows 8?

We know that Microsoft's latest OS Windows 8 comes with brand new "Store" feature which is quite similar to Google Play or Apple's App Store. Windows 8 Store allows you to download and install various useful and interesting apps which are free as well as paid.

Windows 8 also comes with many preinstalled or built-in apps such as Mail, News, Finance, Sports, Maps, Weather, etc. If you don't like or need a built-in app, you can uninstall the app by right-click on the app and select "Uninstall" option from the bottom bar as mentioned here.

The problem comes when you uninstall an app but later you decide to use it. There is no easy way given to restore default apps in Windows 8 Start Screen. You can't find any option in Start Screen to reinstall those uninstalled apps.

So what to do? How to restore uninstalled apps in Windows 8? We have received lots of emails from AskVG readers asking the same question. Don't worry. Here is the solution. Today in this tutorial, we are going to tell you how to reinstall built-in apps in Windows 8 if you accidentally uninstalled them in past.

Actually you can reinstall or restore built-in apps using Windows Store. Just follow these simple steps to restore default apps in Windows 8:

1. Go to Windows 8 Start Screen and launch Store.


2. Once Store opens, right-click in empty space and you'll get an option at top to access "Your Apps" as shown in following screenshot:


3. Click on it and it'll ask to sign in. Sign in using your Windows Live ID. It'll take a few moments and will show a screen containing list of built-in apps which have been uninstalled.

4. Just click on the apps which you want to restore and then click on "Install" button given at the bottom.


5. That's it. It'll take a few seconds and the selected apps will be installed again in your Windows.

Do you use those built-in apps in Windows 8? Which one is your favorite? Feel free to share your experience with Windows 8 Store in your comment...

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  • They couldn't have made "Your apps" harder to discover. :P

  • Thank you Vishal, I'm new to Windows 8, so you've been very helpful.

  • That was great help !!! clear and saved my time...

  • Thanks a lot, VG.
    It helped me very much.

  • Thanks a lot... you really deserve an appreciation!!!

  • Thank you very much...... I restored all my deleted apps finally..... Very happy... Thanks very much.

  • Thanks a lot...Your explanation was really a great help for me...

  • Great work I have been searching for this solution. worked perfectly...thank you

  • It helps me a lot. Thank you. :)

  • many thanks....... i save my time in ur help.....

  • I wiped my drive and had to reinstall Win8 and it lost my PAID Apps, this got them back! Yes, thx.

  • Great, would not have found it myself without this help. Many thanks

  • Thank you sooooo much, every other solution didn't make since and this worked perfectly. Putting help like this online is remarkable thanks again.

  • hi I want to say thanks so much for the guide

  • Thank you for the solution of uninstalled mail program!
    A lot of misinformation on the www for and answer that you gave that was the fix!

    Works great!
    Thank you!

  • had to reinstall most built-in apps after upgrading to 8.1.
    thanks for your brief but excellent tutorial

  • thank you very much it worked

  • Thx, it helped alot

  • Thank you so much this helped me a lot!

  • This helped me a lot with reinstalling my built-in apps, thank you!!

  • thanks.....really nic idea to restore my apps

  • Thanks so much, really useful after accidently uninstalling the photos app!!!:)

  • thanks it really works

  • u saved my life, thx!!!

  • Well Done........! Have the apps back. I just keep learning. Initially thought Windows 8 was complicated but now starting to get the hang of it. Thank you.

  • Thanks Vishal :)

  • When I go to the store tile....and right comes up YOU MIGHT HAVE A SERVER PROBLEM OR A NETWORK CONNECTION TIME OUT. I'm connected.

    It's been like this for a week now and I've try to do everything and nothing works. HP tech support said that they will help for $69.99.

    Can anyone give me a clue to what I need to do?

  • VG

    ^^ Try following:

    1. Disable proxy server in Internet Options.
    2. Make sure date/time are correct.
    3. Try to use a different Windows Live account.

  • Brilliant!

    I had do a system restore yesterday and everything went smoothly. Then I discovered all or most of my apps were missing.

  • store was one of the apps i uninstalled. now what

  • Yeah, well, the problem is that some of the "built-in" Apps are NOT included in the store, so good luck with that.

  • And what if your "Store" app won't open?

  • This is really helpful. Thank you.

  • Hello sir,
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  • VG

    ^^ Which Windows version are you using?

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  • VG

    ^^ Please check following tutorial and comments:

  • OMG, thanks, This is really helpful. Thank you. Greatings from Serbia.

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  • VG

    ^^ No. Its not a built-in app. You can re-download it from Store.

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  • VG

    ^^ Once you start using Microsoft account and install any app, it should be added to the history.

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  • VG

    ^^ It seems you deleted some system files required for running Windows Store. You can use Refresh PC option to restore files.

  • thank you so much VG,helped a lot.

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  • VG

    ^^ Just create a new shortcut for iexplore.exe

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    ^^ It seems your Windows has been corrupted and now it needs to be repaired. What exactly happens when you press R key. Let me know the exact message.

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  • VG

    ^^ You can try solution of point 9:

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  • Thank you so much. It really works!!

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  • VG

    ^^ Type iexplore in Start search or Run dialog box and press Enter. Now check whether Internet Explorer opens or not.

  • AHHHHH THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!! I was starting to panic, phew

  • accidently removed windows 10 download app to upgrade my windows 7 can t upgrade my pc can u help me ? Thank U

  • VG

    ^^ Check following:

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    I click on the start menu and Iobit pops up saying you have leftovers for "search" click here to clean.

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  • Forgot to mention I tried all the following in administrator mode with either Command or Powershell or both:

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    .\reinstall-preinstalledApp.ps1 *Microsoft.Windows.Cortana*

    get-appXPackage | % { add-appxpackage -disabledevelopmentmode -register "$($_.installlocation)\a
    ppxmanifest-.xml" -verbose }

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    Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted
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