How to Reset App to Default in Windows 11

This article describes steps one can take to reset Settings and Microsoft Store apps to default in Windows 11.

Windows allows users to repair apps and programs that are not running correctly. When you repair an app, its settings configurations and other apps’ data are refreshed and not deleted.

Apps that support repair may also support reset. If you tried the repair option for an app and the issue persists, you may want to reset it to its default.

When you reset an app to its default, all data, settings, and preferences will permanently be deleted. Here’s how to reset an app to its default in Windows 11.

Reset an app to its default in the Windows Settings app

As described above, apps that support repair may also support reset. If you tried the repair option for an app and the issue persists, you may want to reset it to its default.

Here’s how to do it in Windows Settings app.

First, open the Windows Settings app.

To do that, click on the Start menu button and select Settings. You can also use the keyboard shortcut (Windows key + I) to launch the Settings app.

windows 11 new settings button

When the Settings app opens, click the Apps button on the left.

windows 11 settings apps on menu
windows 11 settings apps on the menu

On the right, click the Apps & features (or Installed apps) tile to expand.

windows 11 apps and features tile
windows 11 apps and features tile

On the Apps -> Apps & features (Installed apps) settings pane, select the More (3-dots) button next to the app you want to fix, then select Advanced options.

windows 11 more advanced options button for app
Windows 11 has more advanced options button for the app

On the app’s advanced options window, click the Terminate button to immediately terminate the app and its related processes.

windows 11 advanced options terminate button
Windows 11 advanced options terminate button

Next, click the Reset button to initiate the reset process.

windows 11 advanced options reset button
windows 11 advanced options reset button

When prompted again, click the Reset button to continue.

windows 11 advanced options reset button confirm
windows 11 advanced options reset button confirm

Wait for the app to reset. If done successfully, you should see a checkmark next to the Reset button.

windows 11 advanced options reset successful
Windows 11 advanced options reset successfully

Reset apps in PowerShell

Instead of using the Windows Settings app, one can also use the Windows PowerShell app to reset supported apps.

To do that, open Windows PowerShell as administrator.

When the PowerShell app opens, run the commands below to list all the apps. Scroll down the list to locate the app you want to reset.

Name
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Microsoft.Windows.CloudExperienceHost
Microsoft.AAD.BrokerPlugin
Microsoft.Windows.OOBENetworkConnectionFlow
Microsoft.Windows.OOBENetworkCaptivePortal
MicrosoftWindows.UndockedDevKit
Microsoft.UI.Xaml.CBS
Microsoft.Windows.AugLoop.CBS
Microsoft.BioEnrollment
Microsoft.Windows.StartMenuExperienceHost
Microsoft.Windows.ShellExperienceHost
windows.immersivecontrolpanel
Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager
Microsoft.NET.Native.Framework.1.3
Microsoft.NET.Native.Framework.1.7
Microsoft.NET.Native.Framework.2.2
Microsoft.NET.Native.Runtime.1.4
Microsoft.NET.Native.Runtime.1.7
Microsoft.NET.Native.Runtime.2.2
Microsoft.UI.Xaml.2.1
Microsoft.UI.Xaml.2.3
Microsoft.UI.Xaml.2.4
Microsoft.VCLibs.140.00.UWPDesktop
Microsoft.VCLibs.140.00
Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge.Stable
Microsoft.Windows.PinningConfirmationDialog
Microsoft.Windows.PrintQueueActionCenter
Microsoft.Windows.NarratorQuickStart
Microsoft.Windows.Apprep.ChxApp
Microsoft.MicrosoftEdgeDevToolsClient
Windows.PrintDialog
Microsoft.Win32WebViewHost
Microsoft.Windows.XGpuEjectDialog
Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI
Microsoft.Windows.CapturePicker
Microsoft.Windows.PeopleExperienceHost
Microsoft.Windows.SecureAssessmentBrowser
Microsoft.Windows.AssignedAccessLockApp
Microsoft.Windows.ParentalControls
1527c705-839a-4832-9118-54d4Bd6a0c89
Windows.CBSPreview
NcsiUwpApp
Microsoft.LockApp
Microsoft.AsyncTextService
c5e2524a-ea46-4f67-841f-6a9465d9d515
Microsoft.ECApp
Microsoft.CredDialogHost
Microsoft.AccountsControl
F46D4000-FD22-4DB4-AC8E-4E1DDDE828FE
E2A4F912-2574-4A75-9BB0-0D023378592B
Microsoft.WebpImageExtension
Microsoft.VP9VideoExtensions
Microsoft.Xbox.TCUI
Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorder
Microsoft.NET.Native.Runtime.2.2
Microsoft.NET.Native.Framework.2.2
Microsoft.VCLibs.140.00
Microsoft.UI.Xaml.2.7
Microsoft.VCLibs.140.00.UWPDesktop
Microsoft.Paint
Microsoft.UI.Xaml.2.8
Microsoft.UI.Xaml.2.8
Microsoft.ZuneMusic
Microsoft.ZuneVideo
MicrosoftWindows.Client.Core
Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge
MicrosoftWindows.Client.CBS
MicrosoftWindows.Client.40887771
MicrosoftWindows.Client.WebExperience
Microsoft.UI.Xaml.2.7
Microsoft.SecHealthUI
Microsoft.StorePurchaseApp
Microsoft.BingWeather
Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes
Microsoft.Services.Store.Engagement
Microsoft.Services.Store.Engagement
Microsoft.Windows.Photos
Microsoft.Todos
Microsoft.WindowsFeedbackHub
Microsoft.WindowsCalculator
microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps
Microsoft.XboxGameOverlay
Microsoft.YourPhone
Microsoft.WindowsMaps
Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider
Microsoft.DesktopAppInstaller
Microsoft.WindowsCamera
Microsoft.WindowsAlarms
Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay
Clipchamp.Clipchamp
Microsoft.PowerAutomateDesktop
Microsoft.People
Microsoft.549981C3F5F10
Microsoft.RawImageExtension
Microsoft.WindowsTerminal
Microsoft.BingNews
Microsoft.WindowsStore
Microsoft.WebMediaExtensions
Microsoft.ScreenSketch
Microsoft.GetHelp
Microsoft.HEIFImageExtension
Microsoft.MicrosoftSolitaireCollection
MicrosoftCorporationII.QuickAssist
Microsoft.HEVCVideoExtension
Microsoft.WindowsNotepad
Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub
Microsoft.GamingApp
Microsoft.Getstarted
Microsoft.XboxSpeechToTextOverlay
MicrosoftCorporationII.MicrosoftFamily
MicrosoftTeams

When you locate the app, use the command format below to reset it to its default.

Get-AppxPackage *UWP app name* | Reset-AppxPackage

Example:

Get-AppxPackage *MicrosoftTeams* | Reset-AppxPackage

That should reset the app.

Conclusion:

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