After having (hopefully) solved the idle-to-sleep issues of my clean installed Windows 8.1 OS, having installed and configured all the software I need, I felt almost ready and relieved to finally create a backup image of my system. However, I have just realised that most built-in Metro Apps have stopped working.
In detail, Weather, Maps, Mail, Skype, Calendar, Contact, Stocks (and probably few more) do not work, i.e., when I click-open them, there is the short animation in which the App symbol is magnified to full screen, and then immediately afterwards I am sent back to the Metro interface. However, the apps do still appear in the Metro Apps' taskbar on the left side of the screen. Re-Opening them from there leads gives the same result.
Very few apps work, like Skydrive, Photos and Store.
I can confirm that I neither had this issue with Windows 8 nor right after my Windows 8.1 installation, which is when I checked Metro apps for the last time.
I have no idea what settings in the meantime have caused this disruption, I can only say that I have not done any real work with the computer since the fresh install but merely installed and configured everything to my specifications.
Just for the sake of ruling out some possible causes, I can confirm that: I have no third-party firewall or antivirus programs installed; that I have no nvidia or ATI/AMD graphics card, just the Intel HD 4000 onboard graphics; and that I use the most recent drivers everywhere.
I have already read Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter - Fix Apps in Windows 8 and gone through most of the points, except the refresh install, which I would like to avoid since this is a newly installed computer.
The following errors are reported in the application event log of Windows:
1) Event id 10: "Fehler beim Laden der Anwendungseinstellungen für Paket "Microsoft.BingMaps_8wekyb3d8bbwe". Fehlercode: 5" This is the original German message, translated to english this means:
"Error loading applications settings for package "...". Error code: 5"
I get this type of error for every app I launch, and a few more errors like:
2) Event id 5973: "Bei der Aktivierung der App „Microsoft.BingMaps_8wekyb3d8bbwe!AppexMaps“ ist folgender Fehler aufgetreten: Der Remoteprozeduraufruf ist fehlgeschlagen.. Weitere Informationen finden Sie im Protokoll „Microsoft-Windows-TWinUI/Betriebsbereit“."
Translated: The following error occurred while activating the app "...": The remote procedure call failed. You can find more information in the protocoll/log "Microsoft-Windows-TWinUI/Idle""
3) Event id 1000: "Name der fehlerhaften Anwendung: Map.exe, Version: 2.0.2210.2336, Zeitstempel: 0x5257124f
Name des fehlerhaften Moduls: Windows.UI.Xaml.dll, Version: 6.3.9600.16408, Zeitstempel: 0x523d4b78
ID des fehlerhaften Prozesses: 0x16bc
Startzeit der fehlerhaften Anwendung: 0x01cecd3c75b473cc
Pfad der fehlerhaften Anwendung: C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.BingMaps_2.0.2210.2336_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\Map.exe
Pfad des fehlerhaften Moduls: C:\Windows\System32\Windows.UI.Xaml.dll
Vollständiger Name des fehlerhaften Pakets: Microsoft.BingMaps_2.0.2210.2336_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
Anwendungs-ID, die relativ zum fehlerhaften Paket ist: AppexMaps"
I have not had much luck googling these errors, probably because with the of Windows 8.1 many new errors were introduced?
Thanks for any help,