A+ VCE not working: Error loading file [Fixed]

Madalina Dinita
by Madalina Dinita
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fix A+ VCE not working

Many users reported not being able to open files in A+ VCE.

The error message Error opening file, if the problem persists, please report to … with the copy of this file or a pointer to its location pops up when trying to load a file.

In the following guide, we’ll take you through a series of solutions meant to fix this annoying issue.

How to fix A+ VCE not working error loading file

  1. Run the Windows App troubleshooter
  2. Do a Windows Store reset
  3. Make changes through Powershell
  4. Create another user
  5. Reinstall the program

1. Run the Windows App troubleshooter

The Windows App troubleshooter‘s role is to detect Windows Store apps that don’t work and automatically find fixes for these errors.

Running the troubleshooter should help you to fix this annoying A+ VCE error. If you’re running the latest OS version, you can quickly launch the troubleshooter from the Settings page.

run windows store app troubleshooter

To launch the troubleshooter on older Windows 10 versions, follow the steps listed below:

  • Press the Start button and open the Control Panel
  • Click System and Security

  • Under the Security and Maintenance select Troubleshoot common computer problems
  • Click Hardware and Sound > Windows Start Apps
  • Select Advanced > check if Apply repair automatically is selected, if not, have it selected
  • Click Next and wait for the troubleshooter to detect issues
  • After the process is done > click Close
  • Restart the PC and check if the issue was solved.

2. Run Windows Store reset

Try doing a Windows Store reset using the command prompt. To do so, follow these steps:

  • Press the Start button
  • Type in the search box command prompt > right click on the search result and select Run as administrator
  • Type WSreset.exe in the command prompt and press Enter on your keyboard
  • Reboot your computer

3. Make the changes through Powershell

Some users fixed the issue by inputting a specific command in Powershell, granting access to A+ VCE.

Attempting this fix requires you to follow these steps:

  • Press the Start button
  • Type in the search box powershell > right click on the search result and select Run as administrator
  • Type in the command presented below and press enter:

Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft.WindowsStore | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml”}

4. Create another user

Try creating another Windows user and open A+ VCE from the newly created user.

Follow these steps to create a second user:

  • Press the Start button > open Settings
  • Go to Accounts > click Family & other people
  • Select I don’t have this person’s sign-in information > choose Add a user without a Microsoft account
  • Enter username, password and other required information > click Next
  • After creating the new user, you need to give it administrator privilege, as follows:
  • Press the Start button > open Settings
  • Go to Accounts > click Family & other users
  • Select the new account name > click Change account type
  • Go under Account type > choose Administrator and click OK
  • Restart your computer and sign in with the newly created user

5. Reinstall the program

If nothing goes your way, your last resort would be uninstalling the program and reinstalling it back.

Uninstall the program from the Control Panel as with any other program.

To perform this task follow the next steps:

  • Press the Start button > open the Control Panel
  • Go to Programs and Features
  • Find A+ VCE in the list, select it > press Uninstall

Reinstall the program using Windows Store and see if it works.

Sometimes, the uninstaller is not doing a really good job of removing all files and reverting any other changes that might have happened during the installation process.

Using a tool such as IObit Uninstaller will let you perform a complete and safe uninstall procedure. This way, you can make sure that reinstalling A+ VCE will perform like intended and you can get rid of the loading file error.

IObit Uninstaller

IObit Uninstaller

Will safely remove any software and junk files associated with it.

These are the solutions that we found working best. We hope that they helped you out. If you know other working solutions, please share them in the comment section below.

FAQ: Learn more about VCE

  • What is VCE software?

The VCE is an acronym for Virtual Certification Exam and it’s a file used for Visual CertExam Software which allows to take exams online that simulate the environment during the actual exams.

  • How do I open a VCE file in Windows 10?

You need a VCE Player or Viewer for this. One such software is A+ VCE which can be found in the Windows Store, but you can also convert them to PDFs.

  • What opens a VCE file?

Normally, VCE files are opened in the Visual CertExam Suite. The Visual CertExam Designer is a tool to create and edit exams and the Manager tool enables you to take the exam.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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