How to show the new File Explorer app in Start

by evil_pro4 months ago

Hello everyone. Today we’re going to show you how you can make the new File Explorer show up in Start, which is disabled by default. This will require modifying the permissions and content of a system file, so please be careful.


Explanation

Since Windows 10 Build 14936, Microsoft is including the File Explorer app which we have already seen on Windows 10 Mobile and the Surface Hub in Windows 10 for PCs.
However, it is not shown in Start as of right now due to a flag in the app’s AppxManifest.xml. What we’re going to do is remove that flag which tells it not to show up and then re-register the app package.


Tutorial

Alright, the first thing you want to do is press Windows + R, copy the following into the textbox and press Enter:

C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.FileExplorer_cw5n1h2txyewy

This should open the folder which contains the files of the File Explorer app.

Next, we need to make sure we can edit the file. By default, the owner of the file is TrustedInstaller.

To be able to modify the file, we need to take ownership of the file and then grant our user permissions to modify the file.

The easiest way to do this without any extra tweaks or programs is via PowerShell.
To spawn a PowerShell as Administrator, open the File menu in the Windows explorer window.
Then, select Open Windows PowerShell” and “Open Windows PowerShell as Administrator”

Next, you want to run the actual command to take ownership of the file and reset the permissions. Do so by running the two following commands in the PowerShell window:

takeown /F .\AppxManifest.xml

icacls .\AppxManifest.xml /reset

 

Your output should look similar to this:

Don’t close the PowerShell yet because we’ll need it one more time.

Now open the file up in your favorite text editor, find String AppListEntry=”none” and delete it. After that save the file and close your editor.

Important: Before proceeding, turn on Developer Mode. To enable it, go to the Settings app, navigate to Updates & security, select For developers and select Developer Mode.
If you’re already in Developer Mode, disable it and re-enable it.

The last thing you need to do is re-register the package with the modified manifest.  To do so, go back to the PowerShell window and type the following:

Add-AppxPackage -Register .\AppxManifest.xml -DisableDevelopmentMode

Then press enter to confirm.


Final Result

If you did everything right, you should see the File Explorer entry in Start.

Special thanks to @tfwboredom for his help debugging Development Mode issues.

In case these instructions didn’t work for you, let us know in the comments and we’ll try to help you.

Comments
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  • Rusty Gates

    I’m getting an error: PS C:WindowsSystemAppsMicrosoft.Windows.FileExplorer_cw5n1h2txyewy> Add-AppxPackage -Register .AppxManifest.xml
    Add-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CF9, Install failed. Please contact your software vendor.
    (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80073CF9)
    Rejecting a request to register from AppxManifest.xml because the manifest is not in the package root.
    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] 5fbab0b0-289b-0000-97aa-bd5f9b28d201 in the Event Log or us
    the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 5fbab0b0-289b-0000-97aa-bd5f9b28d201
    At line:1 char:1
    + Add-AppxPackage -Register .AppxManifest.xml
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (C:WindowsSyst…ppxManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], IOException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

    • Andy Cui

      same error here