Best 8 Fixes When Windows 11 Apps Are Not Opening

You can quickly resolve the issue by using the Windows store apps troubleshooter


Apps are important components of a computer system; without them, you will likely be unable to use your PC properly. Recently, some users have complained about their Windows 11 apps not opening properly. This can be quite annoying, however, there are steps you can take to successfully resolve this issue.

There are many reasons why you might be having this issue. Some of the more common ones include outdated applications, malware attacks, outdated Windows versions, or some critical services that are not running properly. Regardless of the cause of the error, this guide will provide solutions to fix this problem.

Before going for our more advanced solutions, we recommend trying out these quick fixes.

  • The first step you should take is to restart your PC. This simple but effective step can help resolve minor glitches and errors, and potentially resolve this error.
  • Next, you should run a malware scan. In most cases, this error is caused by a virus infection. We recommend using a reliable anti-virus program to run this scan. If you need suggestions on the best programs to use, check out this post that talks about the best anti-virus available.

If the steps above do not work, try out the solutions below.

1. Update your applications

An app may occasionally not open if you are not using the most recent version of it. You can update the app and then see if you can open it properly to rule out this possibility.

You can visit the Microsoft Store to update the program if you installed it from the Microsoft Store. If you download the app from a third-party source or the official website, you will need to check for updates through the app’s built-in Settings. The steps below will show you how to update apps from the Microsoft Store.

  1. Press Windows + S to open the Search bar, type Microsoft Store in the text field, then select the required option.
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  2. Click on the Library icon.
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  3. Next, select the Get Updates button to get any available updates.
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  4. Allow the updates to download and install.
  5. Once the update is installed, run the app again and see if it opens.

2. End all app-related process

When Windows 11 apps won’t open, ending all app-related processes can assist in resolving the problem by getting rid of any lingering processes that might be preventing the app from starting. These processes could be the result of corrupted data, conflicts with other apps, or crashes in the past. You can make sure that the app is free of any remaining problems and has a clean slate by terminating any app-related processes. Here is how to do it.

  1. Open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc simultaneously, then look for all processes associated with the faulty app.
  2. Right-click on each process, and choose End task.
  3. After all the required process has been terminated, restart the application and see if the error has been fixed.

3. Repair/reset the unresponsive Windows 11 application

If the aforementioned solutions don’t work to open apps on your Windows 11 PC, there probably is a bug with the apps themselves. The Settings app has options that you may utilize to reset or repair malfunctioning apps. In addition, you can give the programs another go by reinstalling them. Follow the instructions below to do this.

  1. Open the Settings app by clicking Windows + I simultaneously, then select Apps on the left tab.
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  2. Next, select the Apps & features options to see your installed apps.
  3. Look for the problematic app, click on the three dots next to it, then choose Advanced options.
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  4. In the Reset section, click on the Repair button. If this does not fix the error, go back and select the Reset button.

4. Run the Windows store apps troubleshooter

One built-in tool in Windows 10 and 11 that can assist in locating and resolving issues with Microsoft Store apps is the Windows Store Apps troubleshooter. When you experience problems with programs not launching, crashing, or displaying errors, this feature can be useful.

By following the steps below, you can use this troubleshooter to search your system for common issues that can be affecting your Store apps when you launch it.

  1. Press the Windows + I keys together to launch the Settings app.
  2. Select the Troubleshoot option on the right.
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  3. Select Other troubleshooters.
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  4. Next, click the Run button next to the Windows Store Apps option.
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  5. Follow other on-screen instructions to complete the process.

5. Reinstall the problematic application

Applications that are not opening can be fixed by reinstalling them in order to replace corrupted or damaged data, rectify configuration difficulties, and fix compatibility issues. An application is effectively given a fresh start when it is reinstalled because all of its files and settings are deleted. Usually, this resolves any underlying problems that were keeping the program from launching correctly.

  1. Hold Windows + R to open Run, type appwiz.cpl, and click OK.
  2. Look for the faulty application, and choose Uninstall.

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  3. Next, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

6. Run the application identity and Windows update services

Maintaining the seamless functioning of applications and the system as a whole depends heavily on the Windows Update and Application Identity services. The purpose of the Application Identity service is to identify and confirm the identities of applications that are executing on the system and make sure they have the rights and privileges needed to perform as intended.

On the other hand, Windows Update services are in charge of downloading and installing operating system updates, such as driver updates, security patches, and bug fixes. Updating the system with the most recent patches can fix compatibility problems and underlying issues that might be preventing certain applications from opening correctly. Follow the steps below to do this.

  1. Open the Run dialogue by pressing the Windows + R keys simultaneously, input services.msc into the text field, then click OK.
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  2. Look for the Application Identity service and double-click on it.
  3. Check the Service status and see if it says Stopped. If it says Stopped, go ahead with the next step below, however, if it says Running, then you do not need to do anything else.
  4. Next, click Start.
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  5. Click OK to save the changes you made.
  6. Now look for the Windows Update service, and double-click on it.
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  7. After starting these services, check to see if the Windows 11 apps not opening problem has been fixed.

7. Modify the registry key

The Windows Registry is a huge database that houses critical configuration settings for the operating system, applications, and hardware devices. Registry keys are the basic building blocks of this database. These keys function as virtual folders, with each one holding a set of values that specify how different parts of the system must operate.

When apps won’t open, modifying registry keys can be a useful solution. However, you should use caution when making changes to the registry because doing so might cause instability or even crashes in the system. Follow the steps below to modify registry keys.

  1. Press Windows + R simultaneously to open the Run dialogue, type regedit in the text field, then hit OK.
  2. On the UAC prompt, choose Yes.
  3. Once the Registry is opened, navigate to the path below.
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  4. Locate the FilterAdministratorToken key, and double-click on it.
  5. If you do not find the key, right-click on an empty space, hover your mouse on New, choose DWORD (32-bit) Value, then name the new key as FilterAdministratorToken.
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  6. Right-click on the key, then choose Modify.
  7. In the Value data section, input 1, then click OK.
  8. Once you are done, exit the registry, restart your PC, then check if the problem has been fixed.

8. Set up a new user account

By limiting the problem to a particular user profile, creating a new user account can assist in resolving errors when apps refuse to open. Windows generates a new set of user-specific preferences, registry entries, application settings, and cached data when you create a new user account.

This implies that an application may function properly under a new user account if it is not functioning because of a corrupted or incompatible setting or data file linked to your current user account. Here is how to create a new user account.

  1. Hold Windows + R to open the Run dialogue, write netplwiz in the text field, and hit Enter.
  2. In the User Account menu, click the Add button.
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  3. Select Sign in without a Microsoft account, then choose the Local account option.
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  4. In the Add a User menu, enter your new User name and Password, then click Next.
  5. Now select the new account and choose Properties.
  6. Navigate to the Group Membership tab, click the radio button for Administrator, and select OK.
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  7. Lastly, log into the new account and see if the Windows 11 apps not opening problem has been fixed.

Final Thoughts

We have successfully covered various ways to resolve errors when Windows 11 apps are not opening. Ensure to follow these steps successfully to get a positive result. If you have further questions, reach out to us via the comment section below.

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