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How To Troubleshoot If Windows 8.1 Apps Won’t Open Or Install

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Hey people… Today we’ll be looking at “How to troubleshoot if windows 8.1 apps won’t open or install”

This problem is a major problem a lot of people using the windows 8.1 or even the windows 8 face a lot… You just try to open the Windows apps and they become unresponsive immediately… They either don’t open at all or, they don’t even install… There have been a lot of reports from Windows 8 and 8.1 users that they’ve got error messages saying “The app can’t open”. Well, I’ve gone through the exact same thing… A lot of people have probably upgraded their Windows version to the new Windows 10 or, even downgraded it to Windows 7 to solve the annoying problem.

I took a lot of steps in trying to solve the issue and one of the steps I listed below finally worked… Hopefully, you won’t even have to try all the steps cos one of them is probably going to work for you… Good luck!!!

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How to Troubleshoot If Windows 8.1 Apps Won’t Open or Install (Method 1)

Clear and Reset Windows Store Cache

  • Click on the Windows button on your PC keyboard Or, click the Windows + S shortkey
  • Type in WsReseT on the Search box provided
  • Right click on the option shown and;
  • Click Run as Administrator

It should run the Windows store successfully without bringing out an error message or, not running at all… The problem with this method is that you’re going to then have to download again all your other Windows apps that were not running…

How to Troubleshoot If Windows 8.1 Apps Won’t Open or Install (Method 2)

Run this Hidden Command Prompt Code

I just said hidden command prompt code.. Well, it’s not hidden anymore right?? You know about it now… Lol… Follow the steps below to successfully attempt this method without fail…

  • Click on the Windows button on your PC keyboard Or, click the Windows + S short key
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  • Type in CMD on the search box provided
  • Right click on the option shown and;
  • Click on the Run as Administrator option

Now, copy the following command and paste it in the opened CMD window.

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Now, check if your Windows apps are running successfully. Note that; You don’t need to restart your PC for the changes to take effect but you might be prompted by your PC to restart. If so, then comply.

How to Troubleshoot If Windows 8.1 Apps Won’t Open or Install (Method 3)

Install and Run the official Microsoft apps Troubleshooter

This is one of the most simple steps provided; You just have to download the official Microsoft apps troubleshooter from here;

  • Install the application
  • Run the installed application. You should see a window like this;

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  • Click on next, and continue the whole troubleshooting process

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  • When the troubleshooter is done it’ll then display a list of fixed stuff and some stuff that could not be fixed.

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How to Troubleshoot If Windows 8.1 Apps Won’t Open or Install (Method 4)

Create a new user account

If all the steps above still didn’t work, then, try creating a new user account. Worked like a charm… Don’t know how to go about it? Follow the steps listed below,

  • Click on the Windows button on your PC keyboard Or, click the Windows + S shortkey
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  • Type in PC Settings on the Search box provided

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  • Click on the Accounts option

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  • Click on Other Accounts

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  • Finally, click on Add an Account and follow all the steps.

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When you’re done and you’ve switched to the newly created account, you should try checking if your applications are back to their normal working conditions. That was really easy wasn’t it??? And better still your problem got fixed didn’t it???.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Hey Abioye Shinaayomi,

    Great post with great information. I really like the post and especially the tips that you have provided.
    The tips listed by you are easy to understand and following, whereas following these tips will be helpful and help users to do troubleshoot. Your all the tips are effective but i truly like an idea of install and run the official microsoft apps troubleshooter, run the hidden command prompt code and creating a new user account.

    Really helpful post for users and thanks for sharing.

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