Full Fix: Apps Freeze in Windows 10, 8.1 and 7

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Windows 10 brought a lot of improvements compared to Windows 8, however, Windows 10 isn’t without its flaws. According to some users, it seems that apps freeze on Windows 10, and this can be a big problem, especially if you prefer using Universal apps, but fortunately for you, there are few solutions that can help you fix this problem.

How to solve issues with freezing Windows 10 apps

Freezing can be an annoying problem on any PC, and many users reported that their apps freeze on Windows 10. Speaking of freezing, users reported the following problems:

  • Apps freeze Windows 10 Explorer, Edge – According to users, this problem can appear in both File Explorer and Edge. If you have this problem, be sure to try some of our solutions.
  • App freeze Windows 10 Weather – Several users reported this problem while using the Weather app. To fix the problem, you can try resetting or reinstalling the application.
  • Apps freeze Windows 10 right click – Sometimes this problem can appear when you right click. This can be caused by a corrupted user profile, but you can create a new user profile and check if that works.
  • Apps freeze Windows 10 on startup – Users reported that this problem can occur right on startup. If that’s the case, the issue is most likely a third-party application, and in order to identify it, you need to perform a Clean boot.
  • Apps freeze Windows 10 Cortana – In some cases, Cortana can cause this problem on your PC. However, you might be able to solve this issue by changing your settings.

Solution 1 – Update your Windows 10

If you have problems with freezing apps, you might be able to fix this problem simply by installing the latest Windows updates. By default, Windows 10 automatically installs the missing updates, but you can also check for updates manually by doing the following:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to Update & security section.
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  2. In the right pane, click Check for updates button.
    Apps freeze Windows 10 Cortana

If any updates are available, Windows will install them automatically in the background. Once the updates are installed, check if the problem still persists.


Solution 2 – Check your antivirus

If apps freeze on your Windows 10 PC, the problem might be your antivirus. Antivirus can interfere with your system and cause this and many other errors to occur. To fix the problem, check your antivirus settings and make sure that the problematic application is added to the exclusion list.

After doing that, check if the problem still persists. If the issue is still present, you might want to try changing your antivirus configuration. If that doesn’t help, you can temporarily disable your antivirus and check if that solves the issue.

As a last resort, you can try uninstalling your antivirus. If uninstalling the antivirus solves the problem, you should consider switching to a different antivirus solution. Many antivirus tools are optimized not to interfere with Windows, and if you’re looking for such antivirus, we advise you to try Bitdefender, BullGuard or Panda Antivirus. All these tools offer great protection and they won’t interfere with your operating system at all, so be sure to try them out.


Solution 3 – Switch to local account temporary

  1. Go to Settings > Accounts.
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  2. Go to Your account and click Sign in with a local account instead.
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  3. You will be asked to enter your account password, and after you’ve entered it you’ll have to set up a username and password for your new local account.
  4. With your local account enabled, go to Other accounts you use and remove your old account if it’s there.
  5. Restart your computer. When you log in to Windows, go to Settings > Accounts > Other accounts you use to check if your old account is there. If it’s there, remove it once again.

After that, you can try with re-downloading apps and reset the store:

  1. Go to Store and re-download the apps that were freezing.
  2. If apps aren’t downloading close the store, type WSReset.exe in the Search, right-click it and choose Run as administrator. This will clear your store cache, and you can try downloading apps again.
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  3. After apps have been downloaded restart your computer.
  4. Once again, go to Settings > Accounts, and add your Microsoft account and switch to it.

Solution 4 – Run PowerShell command from Command Prompt

If nothing from above helped you, you can try something unusual. You can try to reset apps data using Command Prompt, instead of PowerShell. Here’s exactly what you need to do:

  1. Press Windows key + X and from the menu select Command Prompt (Admin).
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  2. Enter this in line in Command Prompt and press Enter:
    • Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”} apps freeze wind 10

Solution 5 – Reinstall your printer driver

Several users reported that their apps freeze while trying to print something. This can be an annoying problem, especially if you tend to print documents frequently. However, you can fix this problem simply by reinstalling your printer.

To do that, just remove the printer driver from Device Manager. This is rather simple and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu. Now choose Device Manager from the list of results.
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  2. If your printer isn’t connected to your PC, go to View and check Show hidden devices. If the printer is connected, you can just skip this step.
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  3. Locate your printer, right-click it and choose Uninstall device from the menu.
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  4. Now click Uninstall again to confirm.
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Once the driver is removed, restart your PC. Once the PC restarts, your printer driver should be installed automatically. If the printer doesn’t install itself automatically, you can always download the driver manually from the manufacturer’s website.

Update drivers automatically

Installing the wrong driver version can cause permanent damage to your PC, thus we recommend using a dedicated tool. Keep in mind that all drivers need to be updated so you won’t experience these type of errors. This is a tedious process and we suggest to do it automatically by using Tweakbit’s Driver Updater tool.

This tool is approved by Microsoft and Norton Antivirus and will help you not damaging your PC by downloading and installing the wrong driver versions. After several tests, our team concluded that this is the best-automatized solution. Below you can find a quick guide how to do it.

    1. Download and install TweakBit Driver Updaterdriver updater starting window
    2. Once installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically. Driver Updater will check your installed driver versions against its cloud database of the latest versions and recommend proper updates. All you need to do is wait for the scan to complete.tweakbit driver updater scanning
    3. Upon scan completion, you get a report on all problem drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each driver individually or all at once. To update one driver at a time, click the ‘Update driver’ link next to the driver name. Or simply click the ‘Update all’ button at the bottom to automatically install all recommended updates.
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      Note: Some drivers need to be installed in multiple steps so you will have to hit the ‘Update’ button several times until all of its components are installed.

Disclaimer: some features of this tool are not free.


Solution 6 – Reset the app to default

If apps freeze on your PC, you might be able to fix the problem simply by resetting them to default. This is rather simple, and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app. You can do that quickly by pressing Windows Key + I.
  2. When Settings app opens, navigate to Apps section.
    Apps freeze Windows 10 Edge
  3. Select the app that is freezing and choose Advanced options.
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  4. Now click the Reset button. Click the Reset button once again to confirm.
    Apps freeze Windows 10 right click

After resetting the application to default, start it again and check if the problem still appears. We have to mention that this solution works only for Universal apps, so keep that in mind.


Solution 7 – Uninstall Nahimic app

Sometimes apps can freeze due to other third-party applications. According to users, Nahimic app caused other apps to freeze on their PC. This application is related to the audio driver, and if you want to remove it, you just have to remove the audio driver and allow Windows to install the default driver instead.

Since Windows tends to automatically update your drivers, it might be a good idea to prevent Windows from updating this device. There are several ways to do that, and for more information, we advise you to check our articles how to prevent Windows from automatically installing drivers and how to prevent Windows Update install.

To completely remove this application from your PC, it’s advised to use uninstaller software. These applications are created to completely remove all files and registry entries associated with the problematic application. There are many great uninstaller applications available, and the best are Revo Uninstaller, IOBit Uninstaller, and Ashampoo Uninstaller, so feel free to try any of these applications.


Solution 8 – Perform a Clean boot

As we previously mentioned, third-party applications can cause this problem to appear. However, you can fix the issue simply by performing a Clean boot. This is a rather simple process and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter msconfig. Press Enter or click OK.
    App freeze Windows 10 Weather
  2. Go to Services window and check Hide all Microsoft services. Now click on Disable all.
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  3. Next, go to Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager.
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  4. List of startup applications will appear. Select the first item on the list, right click it and choose Disable from the menu. Repeat this step for all startup applications on the list.
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  5. After doing that, go back to System Configuration window and click Apply and OK to save changes. Now restart your PC.
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Once your PC restarts, check if the problem is resolved. If the issue doesn’t appear anymore, the problem is related to one of the disabled apps or services. To find the direct cause, you need to enable disabled applications one by one or in groups.

Keep in mind that you need to restart your PC every time after enabling a group or applications or services. Once you find the problematic application, you can keep it disabled, remove it or update it and check if that solves the problem.

That’s all, I hope at least some of these solutions helped you with apps problem in Windows 10. If you have any questions or comments, just reach for the comment section below


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2015 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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