FIX: Windows 10 apps won’t open [Full Guide]

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • To start resolving this issue, make sure that the Windows Update service is running normally, and then follow the next steps.
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Windows 10 Apps Won’t Open

Apps are an 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.

What to do if 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 O
    • 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.

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 the 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 the 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.

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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 in the C:/ partition.
  2. Right-click the drive and choose Properties.
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  3. Go to the Security tab and click the Advanced button.
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  4. Find the Owner section and click Change.
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  5. Select User or Group window will appear. Click the Advanced button.
  6. Click the Find Now button. A 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 owners should be changed to Administrators and the Administrators group should be added to the Permission entries list.
  9. Check Replace owner on sub containers and objects.
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  10. 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 the Security tab.
  2. Click the Edit button.
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  3. Permissions for the Local Disk window will open. Click the Add button.
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  4. Select User or Group window will appear. Click the 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 the Security tab, and add Full control to the Users group.

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 the Run dialog. When the 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 the left pane:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
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  3. On the right pane find the 32-bit DWORD called FilterAdministratorToken  (If FilterAdministratorToken DWORD doesn’t exist, you can create it by right-clicking in the right pane and choosing New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.)
  4. Now change the name of the new value to FilterAdministratorToken.
  5. Double click FilterAdministratorToken DWORD. In the Value data field enter 1 and click OK to save the changes.
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  6. Close Registry Editor and restart your computer.

Note: If the FilterAdministratorToken is available, go to the next step.

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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 the 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 the 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:
    • schtasks /run /tn "Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\Automatic App Update"
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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 the latest updates installed. To check for updates, do the following:

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

Note: If you encounter issues when trying to launch the settings app, check out this thorough guide on the topic.

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  • None of my WIN10 built in apps would open, not even one. I wasted tons of frustrating hours for months trying various fixes. I was SHOCKED when after trying Solution 1, the first one opened then every single one after that. THANK YOU!!!!!

  • No idea how long this problem had existed on my PC, probably a couple of months since I don’t use most of the Win10 apps.When it came to light, I wasted a couple of days trying a variety of suggestions showing up in Google.
    Finally found this page and solution 3 was the one that corrected it.
    Muchas gracias!

  • I claimed a game recently posted as free at Microsoft Store, Super Dungeon Bros, and when i installed it and launched it and it didn’t open. I don’t know what can happen with that.
    Greetings ^^.

  • None of my apps worked before. Tried Option 3. It turned out I didn’t have that particular registry key at all. So I added it as described and switched the value from 0 to 1, and restarted my PC. It worked perfectly! :))))))
    Thank you everyone for advises!!

  • Solution 9 worked for me, so I recommend it. Also, please don’t do solution 2, the solution where you change your hard drive’s ownership guys, I’ve done it before and it has screwed up my computer (computer gets stuck booting forever)

  • RE: Comment by Goran (comment 19)

    This works wonderfully Goran, thank you. However, you missed a ‘\’ ahead of AppXManifest.xml.

    To refresh all installed windows apps, open Windows Powershell as administrator (in start menu), type in the below command at the prompt, press enter, and wait for it to complete (this can take quite a while):

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

  • DO NOT USE SOLUTION #2 TOTALLY RUINED MY PC! But if you have allready done #2 do what James Hurst says it worked for me and it might work for you.

  • I did all of these and nothing helped. Computer runs fine, restarted it several times after doing Solution No 2 and no damage done. I had a scare and feared system recovery (backed my files up just in case), but restart fixed it completely.

    Anyway. My problem is not that the standard apps won’t start at all. My problem is, things won’t open in standard apps by default, specifically, I’m talking about the Fotos app. I have Fotos as my standard app to open pictures. I have all my jpg, jpeg, gif, tiff, png, etc. whatever you want set to Fotos. IT OPENS IN PAINT. I right click, select Fotos and “always open jpeg in this app”. CLose the picture, open it with double click, IT OPENS IN PAINT. Moreover, it won’t let me set Chrome as my standard browser. It just won’t, try as I might.

  • the problem I am facing is that I can access store ,download apps but when I execute them they are not starting just open the app window and close immediately. please tell me how to fix this issue

  • Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml”}

    ONE AND ONLY SOLUTION. TYPE IT IN ” Windows Power Shell (Admin)” AND WAIT

  • you can change ownership without utilizing hidden admin–some ppl don’t like to use that feature. There is one (1) security update from Anniversary version that will change your machine’s BIOS. If you have set a password to your hidden Admin account (which you really don’t need to do as a personal user), be very very sure you know what it ius b/c you can’t retrieve it easily to change it or remove it. Cmd will ask you for old password with that stupid Anniversary Security Update (which you do nit need). I agree with you and used initially used it in SEPT 2015. created a registered Microsoft admin acct with a local admin acct. I now interchangeably assign ownership to whichever acct I’m on when problems occur & I’m “redoing” and assign permissions to default but not ownership–typically lol. Just remember to add SYSTEM to application files for read & execute only ( always disable all inheritances AFTER you take ownership) just to be safe–I still don’t trust a WIN OS. Also? Monitoring is a 24/7/365 process. I fell asleep, all have settings and BIOS to “turn off with button” , never sleep or hibernate AND?????? WIN 10 restarted and I had to redo everything. ha ha ha I love computers and phones but everyone doesn’t & won’t devote hours to tedious basic maintenance tasks. just sayin

    Ownership, attributes, permissions et al applies to WIN 10, 8.1, ME. XP, and 7.0 OS. Not sure about Vista. I only have 1 update on all WIN OS now–regardless of version ( no service packs installed on older OSs) installed since AUG 2015. Most are garbage and a hassle.

  • DO NOT USE #2!
    Changing permissions for the entire drive like that is utterly insane. It’s terribly insecure and may break your system in unpredictable and nearly unfixable ways.

  • Should have read the comments first. 🙁
    Tried solution 2, now my PC takes two hours to boot… Not a figure of speech, it does take between 100 and 130 minutes to boot…
    And the original problem hasn’t been fixed.
    Will have to reinstall everything I’m afraid.

  • Got my solution in step 3. I fixed it changing my value 0 to 1. Thanks so much, before this, I couldn’t go inside of any windows 10 app – even settings!

    I didn’t try step 2. From the comments, it seemed to open another trouble.

  • Stay clear of solution 2. You won’t be able to access Windows after doing this. You can still get to your files by booting in safe mode if you are having this issue.

  • I got around this by uninstalling windows security update kb3172985 now netflix and store apps work and i can sign in with my microsoft account, I also did a system reset through windows settings after attempting the instructions in this guide. kb3172985 is one of the first updates installed to windows 10

  • Hello, My problem was that outlook couldn’t connect to server and download emails on my main computer (I could on my phone and tablet). It happened every month for several months. I did all sorts of ‘fixes’ that meant I lost my Notes and formatted calendar entries. It was then I noticed that Calculator wouldn’t start, nor would the All Settings dialogue open. After much searching I came across this site and I can tell you all that my problem (unable to download emails) was solved with Solution 11, Make sure that Application Identity service is running. It also fixes the calculator et al. Works everytime! Many thanks!

  • I followed the instructions for solution 2, and now I can’t get into Windows. I’m attempting a system restore, but it’s taking longer than usual, so I don’t think it’s working.

    • Same thing just happened to me using solution 2. Windows now won’t start – the pin wheel just goes on ad infinitum…also recovery install didn’t work, so will now have to do a fresh install. Luckily I could get my documents copied by booting in Safe Mode…

  • For anyone who is still having issues even after trying these try changing your UAC settings. For me UAC was set to “Never Notify”, when I bumped it to “Notify me only when apps try to make changes to Windows settings” everything started working again.

  • Solution 2 was the stupidest thing I’ve ever done. Even system reset didn’t work. That was so stupid of me to even believe that.

  • I had a problem where only the windows apps stopped working but every other programs was fine.
    It happened when i downloaded some POS software for work and I think it changed some user account control settings to never notify. I finally found that setting and changed it to always notify and it went back to working again.

  • Solution 2 didn’t break my PC, but also didn’t work. Even worse, my Start menu stopped working, which is very annoying.

  • Solution 2 completely broke my system. Pinwheel on boot. More research concludes this was the dumbest idea ever. Thanks a lot. ONE SHOULD NEVER CHANGE PERMISSIONS FOR THE ENTIRE C DRIVE.

      • I am not sure how to boot into safe mode. I tried Shift+Reset but this doesn’t seem to help.. Please help me out guys :/

        • If the system can’t load the necessary configuration more than two times, the system will direct the display to Windows RE(Recovery environment).
          1. When you enter Windows RE(Recovery environment), please select [Troubleshoot].
          2.Select [Advanced options].
          3. Select [Startup Settings]
          4.Click [Restart].
          5. You can select [4)Enable Safe Mode] to enter Safe Mode.

          • Can you please tell me what exactly you did I beg you I’ve done all the steps but it’s still not working

          • I can’t even get into safe mode. It’s not accepting my password. I wish I’d read the comments first.

    • #1 DON’T PANIC & BLAME your pc isnt BROKE. if you know ANYTHING about computers and DOS (which you should know or stay with apps & Geek Squad services that tell you when to eat and sleep), everything that has been done is found by simply doing DIR cmd. M$N, Google, DropBox, your phone (If you have ever connected your device and did not know EXACTLY what you were doing or isolated the changes –yes THEY ALL INSTALL HIDDEN FILES, APP DATA, EXT–when your pc is sleeping, people), your ISP (who propbably doesn’t own the DNS server) is listed date/time.

      #2 When you do NOT blindly accept M$N/Google/et al, it isn’t liked. You will have problems–constantly. Take it as an indication you are getting closer to OWNING what you paid for. System Recovery and Restore are app files by WINDOWS. Spend time reading the program codes, or at least the HTML/friendly view on your event log. Your computers are GIGO= Garbage In Garbage Out. The sooner you develop a Binary Philosophy approach to life/problems? The easier everything will become. Try Google’s suggestion to copy AppData file on your LocalUser and make backup. You will find the files are empty. Don’t freak. Know they lied and don;t believe everything they say in the future. Your data will ALWAYS be on EVERY device you have ever had. Most keep every computer/laptop/phone/hard drive (those that have been replaced) since turning on your first device. It is ONLY safe if it’s in your possession or at the bottom of an ocean.

      #3 changing ownership/permissions is the FIRST thing you do. Look at your USB and see the light flash when you aren’t storing a file. It happens, take it in and out. When Windows says it is damaged and needs to be repaired, ignore the message. Take 2 hours a week and encrypt your phone. Check your apps constantly–are they still doing what they are supposed to do? Most are shaky developers, if you download but dont open app, whose website will be hype & flash, but says nothing. They will contact you and say your password had to be changed if you don’t open & use the app. If yu don’t reply? They will contact a different email address.

      #4 Do NOT download more crap to FIX problems. If there are 6 comments saying how wonderful a download is on a website help forum? It’s the developer. You have a brain. Computers do not program themselves. Quit freaking out after 2 hrs worth of effort. You think MegaMillion software companies are going to make FREE data easy?

      • Changing ownership on Windows 8/10 will break your computer. Don’t ever do it unless you KNOW what you’re doing. Don’t listen to morons who say otherwise. I have changed my permissions but I went into the hidden administrator account to change my permission to administrator. No other safe way to change permission unless you want to seriously fobar your system…