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To save disk-space on my C drive (and because I couldn't find an Uninstall function in the Windows Store app), I deleted some apps I never use, from:

C:\Program Files\WindowsApps

However, now when I try to update apps that I do use, such as:

Mail, Calendar, People and Messaging

I receive a 0x80246007 error.


I have tried running this batch script (as admin), but it had no affect:

net stop wuauserv
cd %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution
ren Download Download.old
net start wuauserv
net stop bits
net start bits

I also tried using the freeware 'Recuva' application to recover lost files that were Shift-Deleted in that folder; but it gave me ~35,000 files, and wouldn't automatically put them in their respective folders.

What do I need to do in order to get the Windows 8 apps I want, working and updateable?

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Impossible. See: – stackoverflowuser95 Feb 10 '13 at 6:47
Thanks for that. – stackoverflowuser95 Feb 10 '13 at 7:08
up vote 1 down vote accepted

The following command (unlike sfc /scannow) fixed my Store, allowing me to right-click 'Mail' and uninstall that whole suite, then reinstallation got it all working properly =)

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

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