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How to Restore Uninstalled Modern UI Apps that Ship with Windows 8

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Windows 8 ships with built-in apps available on the Modern UI screen (formerly the Metro or Start screen), such as Mail, Calendar, Photos, Music, Maps, and Weather. Installing additional Modern UI apps is easy using the Windows Store, and uninstalling apps is just as easy.

What if you accidentally uninstall a built-in app? It can be easily restored with a few clicks of your mouse.

To begin, access the Modern UI screen by moving your mouse to the extreme, lower, left corner of the screen and click the Start screen button that displays.

NOTE: You can also press the Windows key to access the Modern UI screen.

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On the Modern UI screen, click the Store tile to access the Windows Store.

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Right-click anywhere on the Store screen. A green bar displays at the top of the screen. Click Your apps.

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A list of apps installed on your computer displays. You can display all your apps, apps not installed on the current PC, or apps installed on a specific PC. Select Apps not installed on this PC to see the app you want to restore.

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Click on the tile for the app you want to restore.

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A check mark displays in the upper, right corner of the tile and options display at the bottom of the screen. Click Install.

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A message displays in the upper, right corner of the screen saying the app is being installed.

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When you go back to the Modern UI (or Start) screen, the tile is available again for the restored app.

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You can also search for the app you want to restore. To do so, press the Windows key + W to open the search box in the Charms bar. Select Store from the list below the Search box. Type the name of the app in the Search box. The app displays under Recommendations. Click on the app and then click Install to restore the app to your Modern UI screen.

In addition to restoring built-in apps and installing and updating apps, you can also easily pin apps to the Modern UI screen and organize tiles on the Modern UI screen into named groups.

Lori Kaufman is a freelance technical writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

  • Published 10/24/12

Comments (5)

  1. leochou

    What if I accidentally delelte the Windows Store app? How can I get this app back?

  2. scylac

    store cant be uninstall

  3. RonV42

    Store cannot be uninstalled but can be removed from the start screen. Unlike Apple’s Newsstand which cannot be removed from their screens.

  4. robert

    Metro is now Modern? a fugly piece of sh*t by any other name

  5. smilin_no_more

    nice, but i don’t have a messenger, or xbox, or live, or whatever-they-are-calling-it-these-days account.

    so how do i re-install the mail app?

    or do i just go with my first instinct, and forget the whole “windows” thing, and keep using my computer the way i always have?

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