How To Fix “This App Can’t Open” Error On Windows 10

How To Fix "This App Can't Open" Error on Windows 10

Windows 10 has had an error for more than a year now with no permanent fix from Microsoft. The error, which manifests in the form of an “This App can’t open” message seems to only affect the Windows Store apps and even from those, mostly the basic function ones like Mail, Calendar, Photos and even the Store app itself which can make reinstalling apps almost impossible. Hopefully, our guide on how to fix “This App can’t open” error on Windows 10 can help Windows 10 users plagued by this issue in managing to launch these apps if not permanently fix the problem.

Fix “This App Can’t Open” Error on Windows 10

As mentioned above, the issue only seems to affect the Windows Store or “Metro” apps in Windows 10 and not applications and software you install through other means. Microsoft has been unable to properly fix the issue since it happens in different ways for a lot of people and there are a number of different fixes, some work for some people while others don’t. You can try the fixes given below and see whichever one works for you to fix “This App Can’t Open” error on Windows 10.

Change Ownership of C: Drive

  • Right click on C: drive (or any partition where your Windows 10 is installed)
  • Go to Properties, open up Security tab and then click on Advanced button
  • Find Owner section and click on Change button
  • Click on Advanced in the User or Group window and then click Find Now to display a list of user groups
  • Click on Administrator and then Ok to save settings
  • In Advanced Security Settings, change Windows owner to Administrator and make sure the line that says “Replace owner on subcontainer and objects” is checked.
  • Press Apply then Ok to save settings and try the app again.

Make Sure Apps Are Updated

Of course, this method of trying to fix “This App Can’t Open” error on Windows 10 only applies in the case you can actually launch the Store app. Thankfully, the Store app getting bugged is extremely rare so most users should be able to launch it. Once the Store app is working, check Updates section and make sure all your apps are up to date.

Use Powershell

If your Windows Store app is bugged, you will need to fix it through the Powershell. Type Powershell in the search bar on Start Menu, right click on the Powershell app and launch as Administrator and enter the following lines of code, one by one:

  1. Get-appxpackage -packageType bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “appxmetadataappxbundlemanifest.xml”)}
  2. $bundlefamilies = (get-appxpackage -packagetype Bundle).packagefamilyname
  3. get-appxpackage -packagetype main |? {-not ($bundlefamilies -contains $_.packagefamilyname)} |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “appxmanifest.xml”)}

Update Windows 10

In some cases, it is possible that your Windows 10 files might be damaged to too outdated for the apps you are trying to launch. In such situations, go to the Windows Update section and make sure your OS is updated to the latest build.

Reset Store Cache

Another way to fix the Store app and in some cases even if the store is fine but other apps aren’t working/updating, resetting the Store Cache can help

  • Open up Command Prompt as Administrator
  • Type wsreset.exe and press Enter
  • Wait for the process to finish, close Command Prompt and then launch Store app

Change User Account Control Settings

User Account Control Settings or UAC is basically designed to prevent you from making any unwanted changes to your system that you might regret later. Because of that, there are different levels of UAC security and it is possible that they may be interfering with your Windows 10 apps and giving you the “App can’t open” error. Simply Type UAC in Start Menu, open up the application and try reducing security levels to see if your apps work or not.

Application Identity Service

It is possible that sometimes the Application Identity Service didn’t start properly with your Windows and could be causing issues when trying to run Windows 10 apps.

  • Press Windows Key + R and type services.msc in the Run box and click Ok
  • Find Application Identity Service in the Services list and double-click on it
  • Check the Service Status of AIS and if it says Stopped, click on the Start button below it
  • Apply changes and then restart your Computer.

Create A New Local Account

In some cases, users have reported that creating a new Local Microsoft Account allowed them to launch the apps after which they could return to their main account and still be able to use those apps so this method to Fix “This App Can’t Open” Error on Windows 10 might actually be useful.

  • Open Account Settings from Start Menu
  • Go to Family and other users, click on Add someone else to this PC
  • Click I don’t have the person’s sign-in information
  • Click Add a User without Microsoft account
  • Choose a username and password for the new user you are making
  • Once the new account is made, Sign out of Windows and you will see both your accounts at the Sign In screen
  • Select the Local account you made and login to Windows with it
  • Try launching the bugged Windows 10 apps with the new account, if they work, try going back to the old account and test it.

So there you have it, some useful tips on how to fix “This App Can’t Open” error on Windows 10. Not every solution will work for every user so it is going to be a bit of a trial and error process but once a solution works for you, you can bookmark it for future use. If nothing seems to be working, try Resetting your PC from the Recovery application in Start Menu. This usually fixes most issues while also letting you keep your personal files and settings in case you don’t have a backup somewhere.

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