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Spotify installs every time I open the app.

Spotify installs every time I open the app.

I want to start this off with the fact that I did read this post and attempted to use the fix that was stated there. However, I ran into an issue with it.


My Issue:

Every time I open the Spotify app, it "re-installs" and then loads up with no problem. It isn't a huge issue but it's weird and I thought I'd ask if there is a fix anyways. It's more annoying than anything but still something that shouldn't be happening.


I went to try their fix and found the correct folder, but I do not have the Spotify Launcher.exe file, but instead just the Spotify.exe one. Has anyone else encountered this issue, and is there a fix that I can do? Or just something I have to deal with.


Thank You!



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Operating System

Windows 10 Pro

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Hi there @bardicbastards,


Thanks for reaching out to the Community and welcome!


In this case, we recommend running a clean reinstall of the app by following these steps. This can be helpful to get rid of any cached files that might be causing trouble. We also suggest downloading the app again from the Microsoft Store.


Keep us posted on how it goes.

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What is even the point of this site? No matter the issue, spotify support recommends a clean install. Same stupid answer regardless of the question.

I fixed this by following the steps in the community posting here:


Note that original posting is from May 2015, with the solution posted in June 2017. So this has been an issue for nearly EIGHT YEARS (and counting).

Reposting from that linked original solution (which also has pictures so click on it!):

1. Unpin current taskbar icon

2. Go to C:\Users\[the name of your window's account]\AppData\Roaming\Spotify 

3. Look for the icon called Spotify

4. Drag the Spotify icon onto your task bar

5. Solved! No more installs each time you open Spotify 

Thanks to kradp and dsaunders74 for the original solution to this eight-year old issue

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