Saturday, November 28, 2015

Fixing App tiles that disappeared from Winows 10 on x32bit laptop

I am not sure what the problem is and if app tiles disappear you are not exactly pleased because your laptop became less than a Windows 7.

I searched for this problem on Bing and sure enough it had been noticed by others. Coming immediately  on the heels of a Windows Update, it was quite discouraging.  Finally there was a post here that claimed to solve the problem which I pursued. Here is my experience.

In order to use this procedure you need to start Powershell (Preferably with administrative privileges). When you get the Powershell prompt type in the following statement and enter.

$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore).InstallLocation + '\AppxManifest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest

Windows PowerShell
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 Deployment operation progress: C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.WindowsStore_2015.21.25.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe\Appx
Add-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073D02, The package could not be installed because resources it modifies are currently in use.error 0x80004004: Unable to install because the following apps need to be closed
NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] 527897a4-2a3c-0000-8a0c-79523c2ad101 in the Event Log or use
the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 527897a4-2a3c-0000-8a0c-79523c2ad101
At line:1 char:94
+ ... fest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manife ...
+                 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (C:\Program File...ppxManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], Exception
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

Stopped the Windows Store and tried again. Since it did not solve the problem, I restarted the computer and the app tiles did not show up. I ran the statement once again, and it looked like the procedure ran successfully and the shell prompt returned. I restarted the computer one more time and I could see that tiles had come, but after a brief pause disappeared. The Windows Defender came up and displayed the presence of a Trojan. Unfortunately the display showed two identical line items for the Trojan with one removed, the other quarantined. I ran a full scan and chose the remove it. It appears it removed the quarantined Trojan.
Here are Windows Defender screen shots:


I chose to remove the trojan.
 I tried this removal action couple of times like this one here:

 Well finally it might have been removed.

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