Windows 10 apps, calculator app etc. stop working

My calculator app and other desktop apps mysteriously stopped working (no window would launch when these apps were launched). This simple step fixed it (note that I got some errors while running the powershell command, but most of the packages were re-installed just find).

  1. Launch Windows Powershell as Administrator. Type the command below in the powershell command line…
  2. Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

That’s it. That fixed all my desktop apps. Also, ensure that you do not have Microsoft edge running, when you run the command above.

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