How to Fix: “This App Can’t Open” Error in Windows 10

Looking for a way to fix “this app can’t open” error on Windows 10? Here in this troubleshooting guide, you will actually find a fix to get rid of that annoying popup.

how to fix "This App Cant Open" Error in Windows 10

Windows 10 is the latest version of Windows developed by Microsoft. The first build of the Windows 10 was released back in 2015. From that day it is still in development phase. More than thousands of Microsoft engineers working on the backend. It is because the company wants Windows 10 to be the best Windows OS ever which every user must love to have it on PC, Laptop, Tablets or even in the Windows smartphones.

There is no doubt that the company has released lots of stable builds for Windows 10, but still, it is almost impossible to keep it bug-free. Every new build fixes the old issues but comes with the new ones.

I have discussed lots of common issues in my previous troubleshoot guides and today I’m in front of you with another issue which lots of people faced when they moved to Windows 10 from the previous version of Windows.

Fix This App Cant Open Error in Windows 10

Now lots of users reporting on the web that, they experiencing the same issue after updating to latest Windows 10 build (commonly 11586). And if you’re reading this post, then you’re also one out of them.

Fix: ‘This App Can’t Open’ Error in Windows 10

There are lots of fixes available over to get rid of “this app can’t open” most of them are hit while other miss. I have decided to cover all the possible ways in this post so that at least one out of them work well for you and help in fixing the issue.

Quick Tip: Sometimes this issue is because of security programs in your computer. So try to disable Antivirus program / Firewall and check if it helps.

1. Run the Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter

One of the most recommended solution to fix this issue is by taking the help of Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter. Simply run this troubleshooter and it will try to fix if there is any related to Windows Store apps.

For that, search Troubleshooting in the Start menu search menu. On the left side of the Troubleshooting window, click on View all.

Now you will see the list of all troubleshooter available. Scroll down to Windows Store Apps and click to launch it.

In the troubleshooter, window follows the instructions.

windows store apps troubleshooter windows 10

So without further delay, let’s head over to all possible fixes

2. Use the Local Security Policy Editor (Recommended)

Press the WIN + R keyboard keys to quickly get the RUN dialog box. Afer that type secpol.msc in space provided and hit Enter.

run dialog box windows 10

This will launch the Local Security Policy Editor of Windows 10.

Alternatively, you can type secpol.msc directly in the start menu search bar to launch it quickly without using RUN dialog box.

In the Local Security Policy navigate to the following location: Local Policies > Security Options. Here Scroll down until you find “User Account Control: Admin Approval Mode for the Built-in Administrator account

local security policy in windows 10

By default, this security policy is not configured. Double-click on it and in the local security settings window select “Enabled” option.

local security policy in windows 10

After that click on Apply button and then click on the OK button to confirm the changes.

In the next step, you need to type UAC in the Start menu search bar. Click on the top of the result named as User Account Control Settings.

user account control settings in windows 10

Here in this window, you need to move the knob down to “Never Notify” and click on the OK button.

3. Try this Script

In case, if the system fails to acquire a new license on startup, then the following workaround will help you to fix the issue. Here is what you need to do:

Open a new notepad file and paste the following code in it

echo off

net stop clipsvc

if “%1″==”” (
move %windir%\serviceprofiles\localservice\appdata\local\microsoft\clipsvc\tokens.dat %windir%\serviceprofiles\localservice\appdata\local\microsoft\clipsvc\tokens.bak

if “%1″==”recover” (
copy %windir%\serviceprofiles\localservice\appdata\local\microsoft\clipsvc\tokens.bak %windir%\serviceprofiles\localservice\appdata\local\microsoft\clipsvc\tokens.dat

net start clipsvc

4. After pasting the code into the notepad file you need to save the file somewhere else with  “whatever.bat” (with .bat extension) For example, you can name it license.bat

Note: For executing the file easily save the notepad file on the desktop

5. Now run the file using the command prompt with admin right. For that, make right click on the Start button and from the WINX menu click to open Command Prompt (Admin).

In the command prompt cd C:\Users\Your Username\Desktop

Here in the above command, you need to replace Your Username with the username of your computer. In my case, its putques so command will be like cd C:\Users\putques\Desktop

Hit Enter.

After that, type the file name whatever.bat or license.bat which you have created and hit Enter again.

6. Now remove the app with abnormal behavior.

7. Head over to Windows Store and reacquire the application again. Launch it.

I’m sure this time application will work flawlessly.

Understand the Script

The script will stop client license service, rename the cache, and restart the service once again.

Why don’t you try all these possible ways and let us know if any of discussed method fix the issue?

In case, nothing works for you, then please take a minute and let us know in the comment. I will definitely try to find another way to fix the same error.

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