How to fix Add-AppxPackage Deployment failed with HRESULT 0x80073CFF

Users prefer the Add-AppxPackage cmdlet for installing/updating apps from Microsoft Store because it provides a signed app bundle (.appx) to a consumer account. And the Dependency Path Parameter can be used so as to add all different packages for the setup of the app bundle.

But so many users have complained that they are getting “Add-AppxPackage Deployment failed with HRESULT 0x80073CFF” while trying to install/update an app from Microsoft Store using Add-AppxPackage Powershell cmdlet on their Windows 11.

If you are also looking for a troubleshooting guide to get past the error the follow the below mention guidelines:

Try these fixes for Add-AppxPackage Deployment failed with HRESULT 0x80073CFF

Method 1: Update Windows

If you are not religiously updating your Windows to the latest version then it is obvious that your system has accumulated bugs/malware so it is advisable to update your Windows to the latest version. So without any further delay kindly update your Windows to the latest version.

Method 2: Install the app using alternative means

You can use the Winget Command-line utility to download/install apps on your device from the Microsoft Store.

Method 3: Edit the AppxManifest file

You can apply this method only after updating your Windows to the latest build. In order to proceed with the method, navigate inside the reference app folder, now edit the AppxManifest’s “TargetDeviceFamily” line as follows and ensure to replace WinBuild placeholder with your current Windows build number. After that run the Add-AppxPackage command:

TargetDeviceFamily Name=”Windows.Desktop” MinVersion=”10.0.WinBuild” MaxVersionTested=”10.0.WinBuild” />

Method 4: Run Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter

In this method we suggest you to run Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter which is a built-in tool. This is one of the most effective tools to troubleshoot Windows Store app issues so we suggest you to run this tool.

Method 5: Create a brand new User Account

You are likely to face the above mention error because of a corrupted account, so in such scenario all you need to do is to create a new user account and check if the issue resolved or not. If there’s nothing wrong with the new account then in such case you can transfer your files/data to the new user profile and then delete the old account/profile.

Method 6: Configure Group Policy to allow all the trusted apps to install

Here we suggest you to configure GPMC on the local device to allow all trusted apps to install. To proceed follow the below mention instructions:

Step 1: Firstly open the Group Policy Management Console> Then go to the following path:

Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > App Package Deployment

Step 2: Now at the location on the right pane, double-click Allow all trusted apps to install policy to edit its properties> Under the Policy’s Properties Window that opens, select the radio button for Enabled

Step 3: Tap Apply> OK to save the changes

Note: Before the App Package is a trusted app package, the (root) certificate. That is utilized for signing the app package, has to be trusted. So, in order to configure Group Policy to correctly import the root certificate for all PC’s, follow the below mention steps:

Step 4: Open the Group Policy Management Console> Navigate to the below mention path:

Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Public Key Policies

Step 5: At the location, on the right pane, you need to right click Trusted Root Certification Authorities>select Import

Step 6: Under the Certificate Import Wizard that opens, do the following:

  • On the Welcome page, click Next
  • On the File to Import page, Browse to the certificate and click Next
  • On the Certificate Store page, click Next
  • On the Completion page, click Finish

Step 7: Finally exit GPMC once done

Method 7: Perform System Restore

If you are still struggling with Add-AppxPackage Deployment failed with HRESULT 0x80073CFF then we suggest you to perform System Restore as several users claimed success after applying this method.

Method 8: Reset PC or In-place Upgrade Repair Windows

If none of the above mentioned methods works for you then we suggest you to reset your PC and choose the option to keep personal files. And if you are still struggling with the same then you need to perform an in-place upgrade repair of Windows 11/10.

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