On Windows 10, the Settings app allows you to quickly reset many Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps when they’re not working correctly. However, it’s not possible to reset all apps, or even certain system components like the Start menu.
Starting with preview build 20175 and higher, Windows 10 now includes the ability to use a PowerShell command to reset any UWP app, which will come in handy when you need to repair some apps or components, which are not available in the Settings app.
In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to reset an app on Windows 10 using PowerShell.
Reset Windows 10 apps using PowerShell
To reset an app on Windows 10, use these steps:
Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
Type the following command to view all installed apps and components and press Enter:
Get-AppxPackage | Select name
Confirm the name of the app you want to reset.
Type the following command to reset the app (for example, Cortana), and press Enter:
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.549981C3F5F10 | Reset-AppxPackage
In the command, replace “Microsoft.549981C3F5F10” for the name of the app you want to reset and you identified in step No. 3.Important: When resetting an app with PowerShell, the app’s data will also be deleted.
Once you complete the steps, the app will reset and should start working correctly.
In addition to reset apps, you can also uninstall apps using PowerShell, and these are the steps to complete the task.
If the command doesn’t work as expected, it’s likely because you’re not running the version of Windows 10 that supports this feature. At the time of this writing, the feature appears in the latest preview of Windows 10 available through the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider Program.