FIX: The app didn’t start in the required time

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • Applications are an integral part of Windows, but some users reported The app didn't start in the required time error while trying to run certain apps.
  • To fix this error, try updating or reinstalling the problematic application. You also need to make sure that the application isn't blocked in your firewall.
  • We covered various Microsoft Store errors in the past, and if you have any additional problems, be sure to check our Microsoft Store hub.
  • This article covers just one of the many issues that you can encounter on Windows 10. For more useful guides, we suggest you head over to our Windows 10 errors hub.
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Apps are an integral part of Windows 10, and we all use a wide range of apps on our PCs. Unfortunately, it seems that many users are getting The app didn’t start in the required time error message while trying to run certain apps. This sounds like a major problem, but fortunately, there’s a solution available.

How do I fix The app didn’t start in the required time error message?

  1. Update the problematic app
  2. Reinstall the problematic app
  3. Make sure that the app isn’t blocked by firewall
  4. Make sure your internet settings are correct
  5. Change your file permissions
  6. Change registry permissions
  7. Check date and time
  8. Install the latest OS and Windows Store updates
  9. Run the Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter
  10. Clean boot your computer

1. Update the problematic app

If certain app is giving you The app didn’t start in the required time error message, you might want to update it.

Users reported having issues with Photos app on Windows 10, and according to them, updating the Photos app from the Windows Store app fixed the problem for them.

If you have problems with Photos app on Windows 10, you might want to have a look at some of our older articles.

It’s worth mentioning that The app didn’t start in the required time error message can affect almost any application, so make sure that all of your applications are up to date.


2. Reinstall the problematic app

If your application is up to date but the problem still persists, you might have to reinstall it. Users reported that the problem was resolved after reinstalling the problematic app, so make sure you try that.


Need to reinstall Windows Store apps on Windows 10? Here’s the best way to do it!


3. Make sure that the app isn’t blocked by firewall

The app didn’t start in the required time error message can appear if your firewall is blocking the problematic app.

To fix this problem, open your firewall and make sure that the problematic app is added to the list of exceptions in your firewall.


4. Make sure your internet settings are correct

  1. Press Windows Key + S and type Network and Sharing. Choose the Network and Sharing Center from the list of results.
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  2. When Network and Sharing Center opens, double-click your connection.
  3. Click the Properties button.
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  4. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) from the list and click the Properties button.
  5. Check the Use the following DNS server addresses box and enter 8.8.8.8 as a Preferred DNS server and 8.8.8.4 as an Alternate DNS server.
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  6. Click OK to save changes.

After changing your DNS, the issues with The app didn’t start in the required time error should be resolved.


5. Change your file permissions

  1. Open File Explorer and navigate to C: partition. Locate the Windows folder, right-click it and choose Properties.
  2. Navigate to the Security tab. In Group or user names section select ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES. Check the permissions for the selected group.By default, Read & execute, List folder contents and Read should be enabled.
  3. Click the Advanced button and then click the Change permissions button.
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  4. When Advanced Security Settings for Windows window opens you need to check the Owner. By default, it should be TrustedInstaller.If the owner is set to TrustedInstaller, you’ll have to change it in order to make the changes. If the owner isn’t set to TrustedInstaller, navigate to Step 10.
  5. Click the Change link next to the owner’s name.
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  6. Select the Advanced button.
  7. Click Find now button. A list of users should appear. If you’re using an administrator account, select Administrators from the list and click OK.
  8. Now, click OK again to add the Administrators group.
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  9. Click Apply and OK to change the owner. After you’ve changed the owner, you’ll need to repeat Step 3 again.
  10. Select Add.
  11. Click on Select a principal.
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  12. In the Enter the object name to select section, enter ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES and click Check Names and OK.
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  13. Set Type to Allow. Set Applies to This folder, subfolders and files. Check Read & execute, List folder contents and Read in basic permissions section. Click OK.
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  14. Check Replace all child object permission entries and click Apply and OK.
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Now you have to repeat all these steps for C:Users, C:Program Files and C:Program Files (x86) folders. Bear in mind that you need to give All Application Packages Full Control for the C:Users directory.


6. Change registry permissions

  1. Press Windows Key + R and type regedit.
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  2. Once Registry Editor starts, locate HKEY_USERS, right-click it and choose Permissions.
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  3. Select ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES from the list and make sure that permission to Read is set to Allow.
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  4. Repeat the same process for the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT key.
  5. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE key and check permissions for HARDWARE, SAM, SOFTWARE and SYSTEM just like in Step 3.

After doing that, check if The app didn’t start in the required time error is still there.


7. Check date and time

In case your date and time information is incorrect, this often triggers Windows Store issues, including app launching issues. So, the quickest way to fix the problem is to check your date and time settings.

If necessary, you can change your date and time options from Settings > Time & Language. Select the corresponding time zone and restart your computer. Then launch the problematic app again to check if the issue persists.


Date and Time section has been changed in Windows 10, here’s what new!


8. Install the latest OS and Windows Store updates

  1. Go to Settings > navigate to Update & Security > go to Windows Update.
  2. Select the Check for updates button and wait until your computer has installed the available updatescheck for updates The app didn't start in the required time
  3. Now, launch the Windows Store app > click on the three-dot menu > select Download and Updates
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  4. Wait until Windows has downloaded and installed the latest Windows Store updates
  5. Restart your computer and try to launch the problematic app.

After doing that, check if The app didn’t start in the required time error is gone.


9. Run the Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter

  1. Go to Settings > navigate to Update & Security > select Troubleshoot
  2. Scroll all the way down and select Windows Store Appswindows store apps troubleshooter The app didn't start in the required time
  3. Launch the troubleshooter and wait until it completes the scan.

10. Clean boot your computer

  1. Go to Start > type msconfig > hit Enter to launch System Configuration
  2. Go to the General tab > select Selective startup > uncheck Load startup itemssystem configuration disable startup items The app didn't start in the required time
  3. Go to the Services tab > check Hide all Microsoft services > click Disable alldisable microsoft services The app didn't start in the required time
  4. Click Apply > click OK > Restart your computer and try to record audio again.

The app didn’t start in the required time error message can be rather inconvenient, but fortunately this issue can be easily resolved by using one of our solutions.

FAQ: Learn more about Microsoft Store apps

  • How do I access the Microsoft app store?

To access the Microsoft app store, just type Microsoft Store in the search bar and select Microsoft Store from the list of results.

  • How do I manually install Windows Store apps?

To install Windows Store apps manually, just open Microsoft Store, select the app you wish to download and click the Get button next to it.

  • Where is the Microsoft store EXE?

Microsoft Store doesn’t have an .exe file, instead it uses the .appx format. You can find all Windows Store files in C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.WindowsStore_2015.25.24.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe directory.

  • Where does the Microsoft store install apps?

Microsoft Store installs all applications in a hidden WindowsApps directory. The path to the directory is the following: C:Program FilesWindowsApps.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2016 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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