Tag: Windows 10

Find the AUMID (Application User Model ID) of an installed UWP app

Find the AUMID (Application User Model ID) of an installed UWP app

In this tutorial, I will show you how to find the Application User Model ID or AUMID of an installed app in Windows 10.  We will look at several methods to get the AUMID, with shell:Appsfolder, PowerShell, and in the Registry.


To perform the first series of steps we need to access the special shell view called Applications.  The Applications shell view is a virtual view of all installed Apps, both Desktop & UWP Apps.  From here we just need to switch to the Details view and hide the AppUserModelId column.

Steps to get an App’s AUMID in Windows 10

  1. Open the Run dialog, WINKEY+R
  2. Type “shell:Appsfolder” and press OK
    Run Shell:Appsfolder
  3. Switch to the Details folder view
    Applications Details View
  4. Access the View menu ALT+V, choose Choose Details…
  5. Check the box next to AppUserModelId and press OK
    Reveal AppUserModelId Column

Now let’s look at some ways to get the AUMID with PowerShell and by searching the registry

Find AUMID using PowerShell Script

Example Output

Find all AUMID’s from the Registry

Batch Script to search for AUMID’s

Save the above text to a file named aumidsearch.bat and place somewhere in your system’s PATH

Example usage

What is an Application User Model ID?

The AUMID is the identifier for Universal Apps (UWP) installed from the Windows Store. The AUMID is essentially the identifier and entry point for these applications. Once you know the AUMID you can programmability launch apps, create app shortcuts and more. Here are some examples…

Launch a UWP app with the Run dialog

Launch Edge from Run Dialog

Launch a UWP app from the command prompt

 

Create a Desktop shortcut to a UWP app

  1. Open shell:AppsFolder from the Run dialog
  2. Drag the desired app icon to the Desktop

AUMID’s are also used in a number of Windows 10 management and providing tools including, AssignedAccess CSP‘s and Kiosk Configurations.

AUMID of Common Windows Apps

UWP Application NameAUMID
Microsoft EdgeMicrosoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!MicrosoftEdge
CalculatorMicrosoft.WindowsCalculator_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App
Calendarmicrosoft.windowscommunicationsapps_8wekyb3d8bbwe!microsoft.windowslive.calendar
Alarms & ClockMicrosoft.WindowsAlarms_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App
PhotosMicrosoft.Windows.Photos_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App
Movies & TVMicrosoft.ZuneVideo_8wekyb3d8bbwe!Microsoft.ZuneVideo
CameraMicrosoft.WindowsCamera_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App
Windows StoreMicrosoft.WindowsStore_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App
Paint 3DMicrosoft.MSPaint_8wekyb3d8bbwe!Microsoft.MSPaint
Internet ExplorerMicrosoft.InternetExplorer.Default
OneDriveMicrosoft.SkyDrive.Desktop
WordMicrosoft.Office.WINWORD.EXE.15
ExcelMicrosoft.Office.EXCEL.EXE.15
OutlookMicrosoft.Office.OUTLOOK.EXE.15
PowerPointMicrosoft.Office.POWERPNT.EXE.15
PublisherMicrosoft.Office.MSPUB.EXE.15
AccessMicrosoft.Office.MSACCESS.EXE.15

Note: AUMID’s of 3rd Party Apps installed from the Window Store can sometimes change when they are updated.

Updated 2/2/2019: Added AUMID entries for more apps including Office 365.

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Synaptics Touchpad stops working after recent Windows 10 updates

Synaptics Touchpad stops working after recent Windows 10 updates

I recently installed the final release version of Windows 10 on an HP Pavilion 15z-n200 laptop. This is a lab machine used for testing application compatibility with Windows 10. I downloaded Windows 10 and created an Installation USB drive using the instructions found here. The installation was successful and everything worked until I installed the 4 recently released Windows Updates (KB3081436, KB3087916, KB3074686, and KB3074678) for Windows 10. The Synaptics Touchpad stopped working and Device Manager was reporting a problem with the Device Driver for “Synaptics PS/2 Port Compatible TouchPad”. The error reported was “The device cannot start. (Code 10)”.

I attempted to Update Driver Software via Windows Update with no luck. Next, I turned to the HP 15z-n200 drivers page. There is curently no Synaptics Touchpad driver listed for Windows 10 but I tried the one for Windows 8.1 (filename: sp64226.exe). When I tried to install the driver it reported that a newer version was already installed.

Next, I turned to the Synaptics website and downloaded their generic driver (filename: Synaptics_v17_0_19_C_XP32_Vista32_Win7-32_XP64_Wion7-64_Acme_Inc.zip) which also resulted in the same “newer version of the driver already installed”.

After some digging I read others were experiencing similar problems with a Toshiba laptop after the Windows Updates. I tried a suggestion to install the Toshiba provided Synaptics Driver (filename: os2013231a_tc00558600b.exe), rebooted, and the Touchpad mouse was working again. Ok, on with the testing!

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