Microsoft redesigned its Store in Windows 10 to include apps, games, movies & TV and music. But if you perform a clean install of Windows 10 or use the Reset this PC feature, all apps and games will be removed. However, it’s easy to get them back via the Windows Store.
Reinstall Windows 10 Apps
Launch the Store and click your profile icon at the top and select My Library from the menu.
Your content is broken down into four groups: Apps, Games, Music, Movies & TV. Although the latter two categories need to be opened in Groove Music and Movies & TV. Then you can download that content in each of the respective apps.
For example, in the shot below I am set up to download a few songs via the Groove Music app to my local drive.
But now let’s focus on games and apps. In My Library you’ll see a list of your apps and games, but if you need a complete history of what you’ve downloaded over the years, click the small Show all link at the right side. If you have a ton of apps or games, it will take a few seconds to pull them all up.
Now you can scroll through and re-download all of the compatible apps to your Windows 10 system – including ones you were using in Windows 8.1. Not all apps from your Windows 8.1 downloads will be compatible. The list will only show the ones that will work with your Windows 10 device.
To re-download and install an item, just click the down arrow icon at the right of the app or game.
If you don’t remember what the app or game was, just click on its icon display, and it will bring up its description, screenshots, and customer ratings. Then you can click the Install button to get it back. Just like with Apple and Android, if you already purchased an app or game, you don’t have to pay for it again.
One final note. Microsoft only allows you to install an app on up to ten Windows 10 devices. Previously, with Windows 8.1, you could install an app on up to 81 devices, which is overkill for home users.
However, 10 devices might be cutting it close for people who are all in with the Windows ecosystem. If you have a Windows desktop, laptop, tablet, phone, Xbox, or even a HoloLens. Not to mention owning multiple phones…you’re almost at the max.
This can also be an issue if you’re running VMs and purchasing a new phone or other device over time. Some people are already seeing the error: 0x803F7003 Device limit reached. If you get that error, make sure to log into your Microsoft account and remove any devices you no longer use. That should free up the allotted slots that apps can be installed on.