I mentioned previously that stuck apps were being listed in the start menu on recent Windows 10 Insider Builds, and that I had yet to find a way to remove those from it.
The applications are listed in the start menu just like any other application, and you can distinguish them easily as they show a "loading bar" underneath them indicating that something is not right.
A click on these applications opens the apps' page on the official Windows Store application, and a right-click shows only options to pin the item to Start or display More options but not uninstall.
With Windows 10's new start menu layout, this becomes even more problematic as those stuck apps are highlighted regularly under "recently added" and the new position of the "all apps" listing.
As you can see on the screenshot above, of the eleven apps and programs listed, six are corrupt and cannot be removed from the start menu anymore.
If you check the list of installed applications in the Settings app, you will notice that the stuck apps are not displayed there at all which means that you cannot remove them using the menu.
The following guide describes how I managed to remove stuck Windows apps on Windows 10.
Reset the Store Cache
First thing you need to do is reset the Store cache. The applications were listed in the "downloads and updates" section of Windows Store initially, and resetting the Store cache will remove them from there.
While they were listed in the section, they would not download, and one could not remove them either from there which means that they were stuck there as well.
Fixing stuck apps
Now that the Store cache has been reset, it is time to remove the stuck applications. This is done in the following way:
That's right, to remove stuck apps from your PC, you need to install them anew first to be able to remove them from your device afterwards.
The method described above is far from ideal and you will notice that it won't work for all apps necessarily. If you have installed a trial app for instance, you will notice that you cannot install it again when the trial expired which in turn means that you cannot get rid of it anymore using the method.
You may waste a lot of data this way as well depending on number and size of apps and games stuck on Windows 10.Advertisement
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