Apps Missing after Windows 10 November 2021 Update version 21H2

Microsoft Store Apps missing from the start menu or the missing apps are no longer pinned in the windows 10 Start Menu Here how to reinstall windows 10 apps

Store Apps Missing

Microsoft Recently Roll out the Windows 10 November 2021 Update for everyone with a number of new features, Security improvements, and bug fixes. Overall the upgrade process is smoother with fewer errors. But some users experience an unusual issue with App icons on the Start screen. Microsoft Store Apps missing from the start menu or the missing apps are no longer pinned in the win 10 Start Menu.

After installing the Windows 10 version 21H2, some apps are missing from the Start Menu on some devices. The missing apps are no longer pinned in the Start Menu, nor are they in the list of apps. If I search for the app, its  not able to find it and instead points me to the Microsoft Store to install it. But the Store says that the app is already installed.

Microsoft Store Apps missing Windows 10

If you look for the Reason behind this issue There may be an update Bug that causing the issue. Or sometimes Corrupted system files, store app files may also cause this issue. Here are some Applicable Solutions to fix Store Apps Missing on Windows 10 November 2021 Update.


Repair or Reset the missing apps

If you notice any specific App causing the problem, such as for example Microsoft Edge browser not opening, Showing Download arrow on the start menu pinned items, not appearing in Start menu / Cortana search results. Then Repair or Reset The missing App is found the helpful fix.

  • Press Win + I keyboard shortcut to open Settings then Select Apps.
  • Next, click on Apps & features tab, find the name of the missing app.
  • Click the app and select Advanced options.
  • You will find the Repair and Reset option.
  • First Try to repair the App while may fix the errors, and Restart windows to take effect the changes.
  • Or You can click on the Reset button to reset the App to its default settings.

Note: Though you might lose any app data that was saved. Once the repair or reset is completed, the app should again appear in the app list and can be pinned to the Start Menu. Do the Same with other affected Apps which may resolve the issue.

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Reinstall the missing apps

If after performing the Repair or Reset option still having the same issue then try to reinstall the missing app by the following below.

  • Open Settings then select Apps.
  • Now on The Apps & features tab, find the name of the missing app.
  • Click the app and select Uninstall.

Uninstall Apps on windows 10

  • Now Open Microsoft Store and then reinstall the missing app.
  • Once installed, the app should appear in the app list and can be pinned to the Start Menu.

Re-register the missing apps using PowerShell

If you have lots of missing apps, Then Re-register the missing Apps to restore all of them at once using the following PowerShell commands.

  • For this first need to run PowerShell As administrator.
  • Now in the PowerShell window copy/past bellow command and hit enter to execute the same.

get-appxpackage -packagetype main |? {-not ($bundlefamilies -contains $_.packagefamilyname)} |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “\appxmanifest.xml”)}

If you get any Redline while executing the command ignore them and wait completely execute the command after that Restart windows check All apps working as before.

Go back to your previous version of Windows

If none of these troubleshooting steps restore your missing apps, you may be able to go back to the previous version of Windows.

To go back to the previous version of Windows,

  • Open the Settings app,
  • Click Update & security then Recovery
  • Click get started under Go back to your previous version of Windows.  
  • And follow on-screen instructions to roll back from windows 10

Note: This option will not appear if more than 10 days have elapsed since you installed the October 2020 Update, or if other conditions apply that prevent this option.

Go back to the previous version of windows 10

Reset Windows to Default Setup

Finally, if none of these options resolve your problem, as the last option you can Reset your PC.  Resetting the PC will remove all apps and drivers you may have installed and any changes you made to settings.  After the reset is completed, you will need to go to the Store and reinstall all your Store apps, and possibly reinstall your non-store apps as well.

To Reset your PC, go to Settings > Update & security > Reset this PC > Get started and choose an option.  (We recommend choosing the Keep my files option to keep your personal files.)

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  1. Just before updating my Windows 10 Pro 21H1 x64 PC to 21H2 today, apps like Camera, Windows Calculator and Windows Photo Viewer were working perfectly. But now, after the update, these apps are missing. Even the Exe files are missing. I tried to restore the apps using the PowerShell(Admn) commandline as above, but it did not help. Also, the Restore Point I created before updation is also missing. Why microsoft is simply annoying the user with such arrogance? Now, these apps could not be reset or reinstalled. Will I ever be able to get back these essential apps which were working perfectly before the update to 21H2? Please note that the Restore Point created by me is missing and I am unable to Restore the PC to 21H1 state. This is quite distressing and annyoing. Why microsoft is creating such difficulties for the user after each and every update? Why don’t they check whether all previously installed default apps are working or not after creating the new update? Are they doing these things in a drunken state without conscience?