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  1. #1

    Tiles not responding

    My wife has a Toshiba Laptop with windows 8, upgraded to 8.1.
    About a month ago I set up Skype on her computer and all was working fine. Then 2 days ago she tells me it is not working. If you click on the tile, it tries to open, but after 3 second or so it goes back to the desktop. If I move the mouse in to the upper left corner, I can see the opening screen it gives you and I can click on it and it will come up again but only for a second or so and then goes back to the desktop. It never starts Skype. She has the same problem with Microsoft Solitaire Collection. I looked in Programs and Features to do a repair, but they are not listed.
    I have no clue what caused this, but would like to have it fixed, if possible. Since there is no listing in Programs and Features, I don’t even have the option to uninstall and then reinstall it.
    Any help would be appreciated

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  2. #2

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    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello Sven,

    You might see if going through the listed troubleshooting steps in the tutorial below may be able to help.

    Apps and Tiles Not Working or Responding: Fix in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
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  3. #3

    Thanks Brink.

    I will let you know what happens

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  4. #4

    I will have to wait with repairs till the weekend.
    My wife is working then and don't need her computer.

    I will let you know what happens
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  5. #5

    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10

    Ok Sven. I'll be here.
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  6. #6

    Hi Brink,
    Here is what I did:
    The numbers correspond to your list.

    1. I ran theWindows store apps Troubleshooter, it gives me a pop up telling me: check for missing and corrupted files……..detected. I guess it could not fix them
    2. Windows is activated
    3. I am not using a proxy
    4. I don’t get the “ this app can’t open” pop up
    5. My wife is using a “user” account, not administrator
    6. It is a Microsoft account
    7. Screen resolution is set to 1040x768
    8. Internet connection is fine
    9. UAC is enabled
    10. Ido not get a store error
    11. Firewallis running
    12. Virus software is MSE
    13. Time is correct
    14. There are no upgrades available or showing
    15. Ire-registered the store
    16. Installing works, and there was no update
    17. Licenses are synced
    18. No error code given
    19. I don’t have Morphological Filtering
    20. I un-installed Microsoft Solitaire Collection and then re-installed it, now it works.
    21. Iran sfc /scannow twice.
    22. The publisher is MS. The apps not working are: Skype, Calendar, Finance, Weather, Travel, Maps, Sports, News, People,Food & Drink, Health & Fitness
    23. Iam tempted to do a refresh, but like to try and fix it.

    If I un-install the software (#22) that is not working, where do I find them to re-install?
    Thanks for your help

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    64-bit Windows 10

    The apps should be listed in "Your apps" in the Store.
    In addition, you could also search the app name to find and install in the Store.
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    it appears that some tiles -- Finance, Weather, Travel and News-- are updating.
    However, when I click on them they try to open, but then I get switched back to my desktop.

    I will see if I can find the apps in the store.

    Q: is there a way I can "refresh" an app? I really don't want to setup Skype again if possible

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  9. #9

    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10

    Closing and reopening an app would normally refresh it.

    It would be best to wait until they are finished updating before trying to open them though.
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  10. #10


    by refresh I mean install over the existing installation to preserve all the set up I have done and only replace the parts that don't work correctly.

    When I am at the store it tells me that I have the app installed and there is no button to install again, unless I uninstall first.

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