One day I was angry with Microsoft Edge and I deleted its subfolders under systemapps, winsxs and %appdata% by using FASTFIND (which is an application for fast search in Windows). Therefore, there is no trace of it on my system and even Powershell cannot reinstall it (I checked all the methods I could find on Microsoft's website and Win10 forums).

I was wondering if I can download or reinstall it by another means without resetting my Windows. Notice that even updates cannot recover it.

Edit: If I transfer the files from another pc does it work? And which folders need to be copied?

  • "even powershell cannot reinstall it"? Do you mean you used Get-AppXPackage to download the Edge package and it failed? Do you have working Internet and a Microsoft account on this system with access to the store? Have you made a new admin account and tried it there? If these things failed, a repair or reinstall from the install media is likely the only the fix. – acejavelin Sep 15 '18 at 14:24
  • I heard from someone that downloading two folders and creating a shortcut will fix the problem but I can't access him. – Pouria Ansari Sep 15 '18 at 14:31
  • Get-AppXPackage doesn't work but if it connects to internet maybe there is a link to download the entire missing folders. – Pouria Ansari Sep 15 '18 at 14:32
  • I'm not certain if you can fix your system as is. If you want a system without Edge, I think Windows LTSB shipped without it, but it's a hassle to acquire it. If you want a system with Edge, you probably need to reinstall Windows. – Christopher Hostage Sep 15 '18 at 15:02
  • I am also indeed unsure about this but because I did not deleted the registery keys I have hope. – Pouria Ansari Sep 15 '18 at 15:04

There is no way for us to know what exactly you have deleted.

It's only clear that you have deleted some parts of Windows that should never have been deleted.

To return your system to a standard running state, I suggest running an in-place upgrade of Windows, which will keep installed applications, drivers and almost all Windows settings.

See the article Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade.

Read the article carefully before starting.

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    You might not like the answer, but it is the safest solution, since Edge is a very important part of Windows. Destroying is much easier than rebuilding ... – harrymc Sep 15 '18 at 18:54
  • It is not the answer to this question! – Pouria Ansari Sep 17 '18 at 11:19
  • maybe if anyone explains Get-Appxpackage command I can find any link – Pouria Ansari Sep 17 '18 at 11:21
  • No, I know how to use it but I cannot get what it does – Pouria Ansari Sep 17 '18 at 11:46

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