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        ScotchJohn
        AskWoody Plus

        Windows 10 Pro – Version 20H2, build 19042.964.

        Through my own futzing around, I have disabled Microsoft Store and also Photos, and am looking for a way to restore their functionality.

        I have tried a number of options, mainly downloading the EAPPXBundle file for the Store, but it doesn’t work.  If I click on the Store, there is a very transitory window border, but nothing launches.  Ditto with Photos.

        Would it help to re-install the Windows 10 OS?  I have downloaded an ISO of Win 10 20H2 on to a USB drive, but thought that I would post here before running the re-instal and possibly making things worse.  Is an OS re-instal going to achieve the desired result?

        Dell E5570 Latitude, Intel Core i5 6440@2.60 GHz, 8.00 GB - Win 10 Pro

      • #2362709
        b
        AskWoody MVP

        Try How to Re-register Microsoft Store app in Windows 10

        and the Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter at Settings, Update & Security, Troubleshooting, Additional troubleshooters, Windows Store Apps.

        Windows 10 Pro version 21H1 build 19043.985 + Microsoft 365 (group ASAP)

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        • #2362791
          Alex5723
          AskWoody Plus

          I think you have to re-install/repair Windows in order to get the Store back.

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      • #2362713
        ScotchJohn
        AskWoody Plus

        B – thanks, neither of those worked.

        The troubleshooter returned “Unresponsive or crashing apps”.  The re-registration command ran, but launching the Store still gives a transient outline of an app window.

        Dell E5570 Latitude, Intel Core i5 6440@2.60 GHz, 8.00 GB - Win 10 Pro

      • #2362799
        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        Try Susan’s “reinstall over the top” fix.

        cheers, Paul

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        anonymous
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      • #2362970
        ScotchJohn
        AskWoody Plus

        B, Alex and Paul T – thanks for your suggestions.

        Unfortunately, the extent of my screw-up was such that the in-place / over-the-top re-install did not solve the problem.  Fortunately, I had taken weekly Macrium Reflect differential images, and recalled that the Store had been there in the second half of April.  At the second attempt, I had a good restore, from my 18 April image.  I had a few files to recover in the three-week interim, and am more or less back to where I wanted to be.

        Score one for Macrium Reflect!

        Dell E5570 Latitude, Intel Core i5 6440@2.60 GHz, 8.00 GB - Win 10 Pro

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