Windows 10: Windows apps stopped working and also some desktop applications.
Windows apps stopped working and also some desktop applications.
I don't know how this happened or when. One day I noticed that the calculator app stopped working. Then I checked others and most of the essential apps that windows comes with including Store app is not working.
These apps which are not working flashes their windows only to close immediately.
There was a desktop program I was using regularly, also stopped working. Here is the link: https://spritesheetpacker.codeplex.com/
I tried this tutorial: How to Uninstall Windows 10s Built-in Apps (and How to Reinstall Them)
Uninstalled some of the apps and reinstalled all of them. The only change is now there is an extra popup which says "This app can't open. See more infor in Store." Store is also not opening.
Please let me know if more information is needed. I am not using insider or anything. My windows is updated.
Event viewer shows an error.
TEXT: "Activation of app Microsoft.WindowsCalculator_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App failed with error: The application cannot be started. Try reinstalling the application to fix the problem. See the Microsoft-Windows-TWinUI/Operational log for additional information."
Hello, one of the best features of Win 10 (in my opinion) is the in-place repair install, which I suggest is the most straightforward approach. It is much faster if your Windows is installed on a SSD. Many times on this forum broken apps, start menu, task bar are reported. Feel free to search the forum.
It's a good idea to precede this by running
chkdsk C: /F
from an admin level (elevated) command prompt
(windows key +X, click command prompt (admin)
An In-place upgrade repair install will fix many things, but not those where the settings are not changed by the procedure.
For this you need an installation medium with the same base build as you have installed.
Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums
This will refresh Windows, after the manner of a Windows installation.
- all/most associations will be unchanged
- all your programs will be left installed
- you will lose any custom fonts
- you will lose any customised system icons
- you may need to re-establish your Wi-Fi connection
- you will need to redo Windows updates subsequent to the build you have used for the repair install
- Windows.old will be created
- system restore will be turned off- you should turn it on again and I recommend you manually schedule a daily restore point.
- you will need to redo any language downloads including the display language if you changed that)
This is one of the better features of Win10: as each major build comes out, that's your updated reference build, and as updates are mostly cumulative, there will be few to do.
Before you perform this major repair procedure, do create a disk image.
Please consider using disk imaging regularly. It's a brilliant way to
- preserve your system (and your sanity)
- back up your data
- restore your system to a previously working state in a relatively short time
Recommended: Macrium Reflect or Aomei Backupper (free) + their boot disk/device + large enough external storage medium.
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