Windows 10 Apps Won’t Open: Full Guide to Fix

Apps are important part of Windows 10, and some users have reported that Windows 10 apps won’t open on their computer, so today we’ll show you how to fix this problem.

Fix: Windows 10 Apps Won’t Open On My PC


Windows 10 apps are a crucial part of Windows, but sometimes problems with Windows apps can occur in different circumstances. For example:

  • Windows 10 apps won’t open Administrator – according to users, this issue appears while trying to run applications while using an administrator account. This is rather unusual since applications should usually start without any problems if you’re running them as an administrator.
  • Windows 10 apps won’t open from Taskbar – in this scenario, your applications won’t start by using their Taskbar shortcut. This issue usually occurs if you’re using a dual monitor setup.
  • Windows 10 apps won’t open after update – certain updates can cause problems with Windows and prevent your apps from running. Many users reported that this problem started appearing after installing a specific Windows update.
  • Windows 10 apps won’t open after system restore – System Restore is probably one of the simplest ways to fix various problems on your PC. However, there are reports that performing a System Restore can cause this and other problems to appear.
  • Windows 10 apps won’t start, run, launch – according to users, this problem can also prevent applications from starting. In some serious cases, your Windows 10 apps won’t load at all.
  • Windows 10 apps won’t stay open – one of the more annoying problems that you can experience is the constant crashing of your apps. Many users reported that Windows 10 apps crash on launch. This is a big problem that will make all of your apps almost unusable.
  • Windows 10 apps won’t show – users also reported that they are unable to see their apps. It seems that the applications are working, but users report they are unable to use them. According to users, it feels like Windows 10 applications keep closing.
  • Windows 10 apps won’t maximize – this particular issue is similar to the previous one, and while applications are running, users can’t access them. This type of problem usually occurs when using a dual monitor setup. The applications will be in the Taskbar, but users won’t be able to maximize them at all. In fact, it seems that Windows 10 apps don’t work at all.
  • Windows 10 apps stopped working – this is probably one of the most serious problems that you can encounter. This issue can affect all your apps and prevent you from using them.
  • Windows 10 apps won’t install, download, update – according to users, in some cases your applications won’t work at all. This can be a serious problem since users are completely unable to update, install or download new apps.

Fix – Windows 10 apps won’t open

Solution 1 – Make sure that Windows Update service is running

Users have reported that Windows 10 apps won’t open if Windows Update service isn’t running, so let’s check the status of Windows Update service. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog. When Run dialog opens, enter services.msc and press Enter or click OK.
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  2. Locate Windows Update on the list of services. Make sure that Startup Type is set to Manual or Automatic.
  3. If it’s not, double click the Windows Update service to open its properties.
  4. When Properties window opens, find the Startup Type section and select Manual or Automatic from the list.
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  5. Click Apply and OK to save the changes.

Solution 2 – Change ownership of your C: drive

Sometimes Windows 10 apps won’t open due to ownership problems, but you can easily fix that. To change the ownership of a folder, or a hard drive partition, do the following:

  1. Open This PC and locate the drive where Windows 10 is installed. By default it should be C.
  2. Right click the drive and choose Properties.
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  3. Go to Security tab and click the Advanced button.
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  4. Find Owner section and click Change.
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  5. Select User or Group window will appear. Click Advanced button.
  6. Click Find Now button. List of users and user groups will appear. Select the Administrators group and click OK.
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  7. In Select User or Group window click OK.
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  8. In Advanced Security Settings window owner should be changed to Administrators and Administrators group should be added to Permission entries list. Check Replace owner on subcontainers and objects.
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  9. Click Apply and OK. Wait for the process to complete.

In addition, you can add Full Control permissions to the drive for ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES group.

  1. Open your disk partition Properties and go to Security tab.
  2. Click the Edit button.
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  3. Permissions for Local Disk window will open. Click Add button.
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  4. Select User or Group window will appear. Click Advanced button, and then click Find Now.
  5. Locate ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES on the list, select it, and click OK.
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  6. Click OK again.
  7. ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES will now be added to the list. Click it and select Full Control. Click Apply and OK to save the changes.
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  8. If the issue still persists, open disk partition properties, go to Security tab and add Full control to the Users group.

Solution 3 – Change FilterAdministratorToken in Registry Editor

Users have reported that apps won’t open on Windows 10, and some users have even reported problems with Start Menu while using an administrator account. If you’re having the same problems, you can fix them by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + R in order to open Run dialog. When Run dialog opens, type regedit and press Enter or click OK.
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  2. When Registry Editor opens, navigate to the following key in left pane:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem
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  3. On the right pane find the 32-bit DWORD called FilterAdministratorToken. If FilterAdministratorToken is available, go to the next step.  If FilterAdministratorToken DWORD doesn’t exist, you can create it by right clicking in the right pane and choosing New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Now change the name of the new value to FilterAdministratorToken.
  4. Double click FilterAdministratorToken DWORD. In the Value data field enter 1 and click OK to save the changes.
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  5. Close Registry Editor and restart your computer.

Solution 4 – Make sure that your apps are up to date

Sometimes, apps will not launch if they aren’t updated to the latest version. To fix this, you need to do the following:

  1. Open Windows Store app, you can do that by pressing Windows Key + S and type Store. From the list of results choose Store.
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  2. When Windows Store app opens, click on your Microsoft Account icon in the top right corner (next to the Search box) and choose Downloads and updates from the menu.
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  3. Click Check for updates button and update all apps.

If Store app isn’t working, you can try the same steps from a different user account on your computer, or you can use the Command Prompt to force updates. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X and choose Command Prompt from the menu.
  2. When Command Prompt starts, enter the following line and press Enter:

Solution 5 – Make sure that Windows 10 is up to date

Sometimes, these types of problems can be fixed by performing a Windows Update, so make sure that you have latest updates installed. To check for updates, do the following:

  1. Open Settings App and go to Update & Security.
  2. Go to Windows Update section and download the latest updates.

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Solution 6 – Run the troubleshooter

If Windows 10 apps won’t open, you might want to run this troubleshooter from Microsoft. Just download it and run it, and it should find and fix most of the problems.

Solution 7 – Reinstall the problematic app

If certain app won’t run on Windows 10, sometimes you just need to reinstall it. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open Start Menu and locate the problematic app.
  2. Right click it and choose Uninstall.
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  3. After the app has been uninstalled, open Store app and try to download it again.

Solution 8 – Use PowerShell

If Store application cannot launch, you won’t be able to update any apps that won’t open, so it’s advised that you use PowerShell in order to fix this problem. To fix this issue, just follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and type PowerShell. Find PowerShell on the list of results and right click it. Choose Run as administrator.
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  2. When PowerShell starts, enter the following lines. Press Enter after each line and wait for it to finish before entering a new line of code:
    • Get-appxpackage -packageType bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “appxmetadataappxbundlemanifest.xml”)}
    • $bundlefamilies = (get-appxpackage -packagetype Bundle).packagefamilyname
    • get-appxpackage -packagetype main |? {-not ($bundlefamilies -contains $_.packagefamilyname)} |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “appxmanifest.xml”)}

Solution 9 – Perform Store cache reset

If you can’t open Store app, and there’s no way to update your apps, you might want to perform Store cache reset by following these steps:

  1. Open Command Prompt as administrator. To do that press Windows Key + X and choose Command Prompt (Admin).
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  2. When Command Prompt starts, type wsreset.exe and press Enter to run it.
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  3. Close Command Prompt and try launching the Store app and updating your apps.

Solution 10 – Use Command Prompt

  1. Start Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. When Command Prompt starts, enter the following command and press Enter to run it:
    • ren %windir%System32AppLockerPlugin*.* *.bak
  3. Close Command Prompt and restart your computer.

Solution 11 – Make sure that Application Identity service is running

If you’re having problems with Windows 10 applications that won’t start, you might want to check if Application Identity service is running. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and type services.msc. Press Enter or click OK.
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  2. When Services window opens, find Application Identity service and double click it.
  3. When Application Identity Properties window opens, find Service status section.
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  4. If Service status is set to Stopped, click the Start button to start the service.
  5. Click Apply and OK to save the changes.
  6. Close Services window and restart your computer.

Solution 12 – Move Database folder from one profile to another

To complete this solution, we’ll need to create two new profiles and move the Database folder from one profile to your main profile. Although this process might look bit complex, just follow the steps carefully and you should be able to complete it.

  1. Press Windows Key + X and choose Command Prompt (Admin).
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  2. When Command Prompt starts, enter the following lines and press Enter after each line in order to execute it:
    • net user “TempAdmin1” “password1” /add
    • net user “TempAdmin2” “password2” /add
    • net localgroup administrators “TempAdmin2” /add
  3. Log out of your current account by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Delete and clicking on Sign out.
  4. Log in to the TempAdmin1 account. User enter password1 as password.
  5. Log out of TempAdmin1 account like you did in Step 3.
  6. Log in to the TempAdmin2 account. Use password2 as password.
  7. After you’ve logged in to TempAdmin2 account, open File Explorer.
  8. Click View tab and click on Hidden items. This will reveal hidden files and folders.
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  9. Navigate to the C:UsersTempAdmin1AppDataLocalTileDataLayer folder. If you get a warning message, just click Continue.
  10. Find Database folder, right click it and choose Copy.
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  11. Now you need to paste that folder to your main profile. Navigate to C:UsersYOUR_USERNAMEAppDataLocalTileDataLayer folder.
  12. Find Database folder and change its name to Database.BAD.
  13. Right click on the empty space and choose Paste from the menu.
  14. Restart your computer and go back to your main profile.
  15. Press Windows Key + S and type User Accounts. Choose User Accounts from the list.
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  16. Click Manage another account, select TempAdmin1 and TempAdmin2 accounts and click on Delete Account to remove these accounts.
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Solution 13 – Create new local account

If Windows 10 apps won’t open, you might have to create new account and transfer all your personal files to it. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings and go to Accounts.
  2. Go to Family and other users and click Add someone else to this PC.
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  3. Click I don’t have this person’s sign-in information.
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  4. Now click Add a user without Microsoft account.
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  5. Enter the username and password for the new user.
  6. Go to Settings > Accounts > Your Account.
  7. Click Sign in with local account instead.
  8. Enter your current password and click Next.
  9. After you’ve done that, enter username and password for your local account and click Sign out and finish.
  10. Switch to a new local account, and move your personal files to it.
  11. Go to Settings > Accounts > Your Account and click Sign in with a Microsoft instead.
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  12. Enter your username and password and click Sign in.
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  13. Now you can delete your old account and continue using this one.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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