Fix: “Your Trial Period for This App Has Expired” Error in Windows 10

By: Ivan Jenic
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Your Trial Period for This App Has Expired windows 10

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Universal apps are one of the main parts of Windows 10 operating system. And if you’re unable to use them, the system functionality and usability will drastically decrease. This time, a couple of users reported that they’re unable to use their paid Windows 10 Universal apps, as the error saying “your trial period for this app has expired” appears, even though they regularly purchased the app. So, we’re going to try to solve this problem for them, and for all other users encountering this problem.

How to Deal with “Your Trial Period for This App Has Expired”

When I heard about this issue first, I thought it was asked by some ignorant people who don’t know they must buy a full version of the app, but when I saw that they already purchased the license, I knew the problem is more serious. So, I wandered around the internet, and found a few solutions.

  1. Restart Windows 10 Universal Apps
  2. Change License Period
  3. Reset your apps
  4. Run SFC scan
  5. Run the Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter

Solution 1 – Restart Windows 10 Universal Apps

I was skeptical about this solution, just like I was skeptical about the issue itself, because it’s the most common, and most cliché solution for solving problems with Windows 10 app, which isn’t helpful at all in most cases. But, a lot of users actually reported that this helped them to solve the problem, so I’m going to mention it in the article. Here’s exactly what you need to do:

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  1. Make sure your Firewall is Enabled (if you don’t know how to enable it, check out the steps for enabling Firewall, below)
  2. Go to Search, type powershell, right-click on PowerShell, and choose Run as Administrator
  3. Enter the following line into the PowerShell
  • Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}trial period expired windows 10 apps
  1. Press Enter, and wait for the process to finish

Go and check your problematic apps now, the problem with trial license should be solved. However, if this didn’t help, check out the next solution.

Bonus: If you’re not sure how to turn on your Firewall, do the following:

  1. Go to Search, type services.msc, and open Services
  2. Find Windows Firewall, right-click on it, and choose Properties
  3. Under Startup Type dropdown -> Select Automatic. Click Applytrial period expired windows 10 apps 1
  4. In the top left portion of the Services Window, Click Start this service.

Solution 2 – Change License Period

Back in preview days of Windows 10, users had a problem with Store License services, as the given licenses timed out too quickly. Microsoft provided a solution for this issue, and it solved the problem. So, as we’re encountering the similar problem, we can try this solution, too.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open Notepad
  2. Paste the following text into the blank document:

echo off

net stop clipsvc

if “%1″==”” (
echo ==== BACKING UP LOCAL LICENSES
move %windir%\serviceprofiles\localservice\appdata\local\microsoft\clipsvc\tokens.dat %windir%\serviceprofiles\localservice\appdata\local\microsoft\clipsvc\tokens.bak
)

if “%1″==”recover” (
echo ==== RECOVERING LICENSES FROM BACKUP
copy %windir%\serviceprofiles\localservice\appdata\local\microsoft\clipsvc\tokens.bak %windir%\serviceprofiles\localservice\appdata\local\microsoft\clipsvc\tokens.dat
)

net start clipsvc

  1. Save the file as “license.bat” (including quotes)
  2. Now, right-click on the Start Menu, and choose Command Prompt (Admin)
  3. Execute the license.bat file through Command Prompt with Admin rights (just past the exact address of the file)
  4. Uninstall the problematic app
  5. Go to Windows Store, and download the app again.

Once again, we didn’t test if it works on Windows 10, but we assume that it could be a proper solution, since it fixes the problem with license.

Solution 3 – Repair your apps

1. Go to Settings > Apps

reset apps

2. Locate the problematic apps that are giving you this error > go to Advanced Settings > Reset them.

This solution is particularly useful if the error message occurred shortly after you installed the latest Windows 10 updates on your computer.

Solution 4 – Run SFC scan

Corrupted or missing Registry entry may trigger this annoying error. Try to repair your registry by using a dedicated tool or Microsoft’s System File Checker to check for system file corruption.

Our piece of advice to you is to back up your Registry before repairing it. Should anything go wrong, you can always restore a functional version of the OS.

Here’s how to run an SFC scan:

1. Go to Start > type cmd > right-click Command Prompt > select Run as Administrator

2. Now type the sfc /scannow command

3. Wait for the scanning process to complete and then restart your computer. All corrupted files will be replaced on reboot.

Solution 5 – Run the Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter

Windows 10 also features a dedicated troubleshooting tool that can quickly fix general issues that may prevent Windows Store apps from running properly.

Give it a try and run it as it could help your fix the annoying ‘Your Trial Period for This App Has Expired’ error.

  1. Go to Settings > Update & Security > select Troubleshoot
  2. Scroll all the way down and select Windows Store Apps > run the troubleshooter

app trial period expired fix

That’s about it, I hope this article helped you to solve the problem with your trial period for this app has expired” error in Windows 10. If you have any comments, or questions, just reach for the comment section below.


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


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