ms-resource:AppName/Text appeared on Start Menu All Apps since 1903 update

This rogue entry, which does not start anything and can't be removed, appeared on most of the accounts across all of our three different machines. If you drag the entry to the desktop, it seems that underneath the "ms-resource:AppName/Text" it is pointing at Microsoft.Windows.HolographicFirstRun which is not listed anywhere else (Settings/Applications) and even through PowerShell Get-AppXPackage.

It would appear this is something that was uninstalled but left the entries which the (new Start Menu in 1903) All Apps picks up.

I have found no way to delete this rogue entry - and searching for this shows plenty of examples of the problem, and STILL no resolutions.

I don't have the time (at least a week) to rebuild the machines, nor the time to try to recreate all of the users across them - which is prone to too many errors in doing this (the machines variously have complex set of uses including gaming, video/photo editing, VR and music production).

Surely it is not beyond the wit of Microsoft (or even a third party) to provide a fix for this - or a generic tool to allow experienced users to clean-up entries from All Apps menu (or a FixIt tool to clear these sorts of issues automatically) when these sorts of corruptions occur, which do seem to be too many times (unfortunately).

 

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Last updated December 8, 2019 Views 10,061 Applies to:
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Well the the python script I wrote is just to make sure that the commmand

Get-AppxPackage-all *HolographicFirstRun* | Remove-AppPackage-AllUsers

can be executed successfully.

At least, in my computer, Microsoft.HolographicFirstRun cannot be uninstalled until I change IsInbox to 0.

Any way, the annoying entry has gone.

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For anyone who want to remove ms-resource:AppName/Text, here's a solution

https://gist.github.com/DoubleLabyrinth/ffae94cb9444bbdae1d11deeaa247310

Having to install Python 3 just to fix this problem is a really contrived solution. But the reading there set me on the right track, and turns out the fix.py script (and hence Python3 as well) is not even needed. In fact, not even a reboot is needed.

All you need is this:

  • Run Powershell with Admin privilege
  • On the prompt, run this command:
    Get-AppxPackage -all *HolographicFirstRun* | Remove-AppPackage -AllUsers
  • Open Task manager, kill explorer.exe (keep the powershell console open)
  • Back on the prompt, type:
    cd $Env:localappdata\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.StartMenuExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy
  • If the previous command succesfully put you on AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.StartMenuExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy directory inside your profile dir, then run:
    Remove-Item -Recurse -Force .\TempState\
  • Start explorer.exe back up from task manager (File -> New Task)
  • The rogue start menu item should be gone.

Just for kicks, after doing the above I checked out the database that the Python script messes around with. The record for the HolographicFirstRun package on the Package table (where the IsInbox column value is changed, which is the point of the script) no longer existed - so that Python script was really a whole lotta work for nothing. *shrug*

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