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Windows 10 Apps Won’t Open (or close immediately) after windows update [Solved]

Microsoft Store and “Apps” won’t open after windows update? Windows 10 Apps Won’t Open Or windows 10 apps open and close immediately after system restore? Are you unable to open windows 10 apps from the Start menu or from the taskbar? The program running in task manager but not opening windows 10. There are various reasons cause windows 10 apps won’t open, the common issues could be your PC is not up to date, the apps are blocked by Windows or a third-party Firewall. Again corrupted system files, incorrect date and time or the user account is corrupted or also corrupt Windows Store cache also prevent Windows 10 apps open.


Windows 10 apps not working after update

If you are experiencing, Windows 10 Apps not open when you need them apply the solutions listed below to fix the problem.

Before apply any solutions, restart your computer and try open any store app to check whether the problem solved or not.

  1. Press Windows key + R, type wsreset.exe and click ok. This will clear the Windows Store without changing the account settings or deleting installed apps.

  2. In addition, disable or temporarily uninstall third-party antivirus if installed on your computer and disconnect VPN (if connected)

  3. Also, perform a clean boot and check whether this issue can be solved. Clean boot help to identify if the problem occurs because of third-party software.

  4. Run system file checker utility that helps fix the problem if corrupted system files causing windows 10 programs not opening or apps open and close immediately.

Install latest Windows updates

Microsoft regularly releases windows updates with security improvements and various bug fixes. If your computer is not up to date, you might experience different problems include apps won’t open, windows freezes or system crashes etc.

  1. Press Windows key + X select settings,

  2. Click on update and security then hit the check for updates button to allow download windows updates from the Microsoft server

  3. Let the windows updates to download and install if new updates available (the estimated time depends on your internet speed)

  4. Once done you need to restart your computer to apply them.

  5. Now try to open any windows 10 apps from the start menu and check its status.

Check Your Computer’s Time

This might sound crazy but if your computer’s date and time are inaccurate, you might experience problems with windows 10 apps. This is because Microsoft store checks to see if the time it tracks is in sync with your computer’s.

  1. Press Windows key + I to open Settings.

  2. Click Time & Language.

  3. Ensure your Time zone is correct.

  4. Then slide Set the time automatically to Off, wait for it to process, then slide it back On.

Restart Application Identity Service

The Application Identity service determines and verifies the identity of any app. If due to any reason this service stops running or not started you might experience problem open apps on windows 10.

  1. Press Windows key + R, type services.msc and click ok,

  2. This will open the windows services console, scroll down to locate the Application Identity service

  3. look at its status, if the application identity service is running right click on it select restart,

  4. If the service not started, then double click on it to open its properties,

  5. Change the startup type automatic and start the service next to service status.

  6. Click apply and ok,

  7. In addition check and make sure the windows update service is running status as well.

Use the Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter

Run the built-in windows store app troubleshooter that scans your system and detects any problems that might be preventing Windows 10 apps from working correctly.

  1. Press Windows key + I to open settings

  2. Select on update and security then troubleshoot

  3. Now click the advanced troubleshooter link then locate and select windows store

  4. Click on Run the troubleshooter and follow on-screen instructions to allow the troubleshooter to detect and fix the problems that prevent Windows 10 apps open.

  5. Once the diagnose process completes restart your Pc and check the status of the problem.

Make sure that your apps are up to date

Sometimes, windows 10 apps will not launch if they aren’t updated to the latest version. That’s why it’s important to check and make sure that installed apps are up to date.

  1. Press Windows Key + S and type Store, From the list of results, choose Microsoft Store.

  2. Click on your Microsoft Account icon in the top right corner (next to the Search box) and choose Downloads and updates from the menu.

  3. This will list all applications installed on your computer

  4. Make sure all of them are updated to the latest version. If no, click the Get updates to continue.

Update windows 10 apps

Note:  If the Microsoft Store app isn’t working itself,

You can try the same steps from a different user account on your computer, or you can use the Command schtasks /run /tn Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\Automatic App Update to force updates.

Reset the Specific Application

If you notice a specific app only causing problem, for example only the photos app won’t open other apps open and work as expected. That cause you can reset that app following steps to fix the problem.

  1. Right click on windows 10 start menu select apps and features,

  2. Scroll the list and click Microsoft photos.

  3. Then click Advanced options > Reset.

  4. It will show a warning that the app’s data will be deleted, so click Reset again.

  5. That’s all restart your computer and check the status of that app, the problem fixed or not.

Reset Microsoft photos app

Re-register the Application

Again If you come across the error Windows 10 default apps not working, then re-register the applications following steps below. That probably help fix Microsoft store app problems on windows 10

  1. Press Windows key and X key together, then choose Windows PowerShell(Admin) to continue.

  2. In the PowerShell window, type the command Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”} and hit Enter to continue.

  3. Once the command executed restart your computer and check windows 10 open and working without any problems.

Tweak Registry for Connection Errors

If you are getting connection error while open windows 10 apps or downloading an app or updating an app, the following registry tweak probably help to fix the problem.

  1. Press Windows key + R, type regedit and click ok,

  2. This will open Windows registry editor, from there navigate into the following folder path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles

  3. Right-click on Profiles, select Permissions, then click Advanced.

  4. Here checkmark on Replace all child object permission entries with inheritable permission entries from this object and click OK.

  5. Now restart your system and hopefully, your problem will be resolved.

Disable Proxy Server

Again irregular network settings can cause problems with the Microsoft Store and Windows 10 apps. Disable proxy server following steps below and check whether this helps fix windows 10 apps won’t open problem or not.

  1. Press Windows key + R, type inetcpl.cpl and click ok

  2. This will open the Internet Options window, move to the connections tab,

  3. Now click on “LAN Settings” and uncheck Use a proxy server for your LAN

  4. Finally, click apply then  “OK”.

Disable Proxy server

Create a new user account

Still need help, there are chances your user account profile corrupted and that might prevent windows 10 apps open. Create a new user account following the steps below, login with the newly created user account and try to open any app to check whether it opens or not.

Press Windows key and x select Settings.

Choose Accounts, then Family & other users.

Under the Other User section, click Add someone else to this PC

Click on the link i don’t have this person sign in information

Add someone else to this PC
  1. Next click on Add a user without a Microsoft account and follow on-screen instructions.

  2. Once the new user account created, sign out from the current account.

  3. Sign in with newly created user account and check the status of your problem.

Did these solutions help fix Windows 10 apps won’t open or windows 10 apps not working after update? Let us know in the comments below.

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