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How To Reset And Repair Apps On Windows 10

Windows 10 has a reset feature that allows users to reset the OS to a fresh install state. It’s useful for when your system is infected with possible malware or the registry is corrupted beyond repair and you do not have a backup of it, among other things. When you reset Windows 10, you have the option to keep your files, or remove them. There is a similar option that allows users to reset and repairs app on Windows 10.

The reset and repair apps option isn’t available for all apps. It’s something that the app itself has to add support for it and if it doesn’t, you cannot reset and repair it. Unfortunately, very few apps give users this option which is why most users may be unaware that it even exists. Microsoft Edge is a stock app on Windows 10 that you can reset. Other apps that you can be reset and repair are the UWP iTunes app, and the stock Photos app.

Reset And Repair Apps

Repairing an app will not result in any data loss however, resetting an app may result in you losing data. The data lost will be related to app settings and not files. For example, if your reset the Photos app, it will not delete photos from your hard drive. It will however, remove any custom folder locations you’ve added to the app, remove people data, and possibly delete the thumbnail cache.

There is no way to tell which apps support the reset and repair option, and which do not. You will simply have to check each app manually.

Open the Settings app and go to the Apps group of settings. On the Apps & features tab, you will see a list of all apps installed.

Click an app and if you see ‘Advanced options’ under it. If it’s there then the app can, most likely, be repaired and reset. Click Advanced Options.

On the Advanced Options screen for the app, scroll down and you will find both a reset and repair option. In some cases, a repair option may not be present. If that’s the case, as it is with the Alarms and Clock app, you can always uninstall and reinstall the app.

From what few apps we’ve checked, it seems that only UWP apps can be reset or repaired. All stock apps have one or both options. Some apps do not require a reset or repair option which is why it may not be present.

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