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Apps Aren't Starting

  1. #1


    Irvine, CA
    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64

    Apps Aren't Starting


    Hi everybody!

    When I try to use any Apps by searching for them in the Start Screen, I receive the following error.

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    What is the resolution to fix this?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello snortastic,

    Do the apps open if you do so directly instead of by searching?

    For now, you might see if the items in the tutorial below may be able to help fix your apps.

    Apps and Tiles Not Working or Responding: Fix in Windows 8
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  3. #3


    Irvine, CA
    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    I get the error pictured in my first post when I open via search.

    But I get this error when I select them directly...

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    Also note, regular programs open fine. Only having issues with Start Screen Apps.

    For example, I can't open Check For Windows Updates overlay Start Screen App, yet I can open Windows Update window just fine.

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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    In that case, work through the items in the link I posted to see if they may be able to help for now.
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  5. #5


    Irvine, CA
    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    Sorry to take so long to reply, but I went through most of the suggestions on that list but still have the same issues.

    I have a thought... I have an fairly small SSD as my OS drive, so to keep it from filling up (since I'm used to having terabytes of space prior to when I finally went to an ssd for performance) I moved the Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures and Videos directories to one of my HDD (I didn't move the Desktop directory). Also, I installed most of my non-Microsoft programs to yet another HDD.

    Could this be causing my issue? Is there something hidden in the Apps/Start Screen that is located in one of these user folders?

    Just a thought, don't know if this info will help.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Only moving those user folders shouldn't have caused this.

    Did you already try #17 in the tutorial posted above to re-register the Store?

    Store - Re-register in Windows 8 and 8.1
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