[FIXED] Windows 10 Error “This App Can’t Run on Your PC”

[FIXED] Windows 10 Error “This App Can’t Run on Your PC”

/ Shayne Sherman

Things don’t always turn out the way we anticipate them to. For example, a program or piece of application may fail to load on your computer, displaying the message “This app can’t operate on your PC.”

It’s undoubtedly one of the most irritating issues, affecting many Windows 10.  It can display when you try to open various programs, including pre-installed Windows programs, classic games, and even third-party applications. The error message can appear in a variety of ways, among the most prevalent being:

  • This app can’t run on your PC, (name of Anti-virus application)
  • This app can’t run on your PC, Windows store error.
  • This app can’t run on your PC, batch file.
  • This app can’t run on your PC, game error
  • This app can’t run on your PC, access is denied.
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If you are one of the thousands of users experiencing this kind of error, you are in the right place. Today, we will discuss the best troubleshooting methods you can perform to finally fix the “This app can’t operate on your PC.” Error on your Windows 10 computer.

First Method – Run the Program in Compatibility Mode and as an Administrator

Compatibility mode is a function from Windows that allows older programs and applications to work on Windows 10. 

  1. Right click on the icon of the program that is displaying “This app can’t operate on your PC.” Error and click on “Properties”
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  1. Go to the “Compatibility” tab and click on “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and then select “Windows 8”. Tick the box for “Run this program as an Administrator” as well and the click on “OK”
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  1. Once all of the above steps have been performed, try to open the problematic application to see if the “This app can’t operate on your PC” error has been fixed.

Second Method – Turn off VPN Proxy Services

A proxy or VPN service may prevent outgoing connections to Microsoft Store servers, resulting in the “This app can’t operate on your PC” error.

  1. Locate your taskbar at the bottom right of your window.
  2. Left-click your network icon.
  3. Next, select “Open Network & Internet Settings”.
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  1. On the left pane, click on the “Proxy” button.
  2. A new folder will open. Toggle the button that says “Automatically detect settings“
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  1. Restart your PC and check if the “This app can’t operate on your PC” error has been fixed.

Third Method – Enable Sideloading for Apps

Installing apps from an approved source, such as the Microsoft store, is sideloading. Your company can develop its apps, such as line-of-business (LOB). Many businesses build their applications to solve challenges specific to their industry.

You deploy a signed app bundle to a device when you sideload an app. You’re in charge of app signing, hosting, and deployment.

  1. Press the “Windows” key on your keyboard and press “R” to bring up the run line command and type in “control update” and press enter.
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  1. Click on “For Developers” in the left pane and enable “Install apps from any source, including loose files”
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  1. Restart your computer and check if the issue has been fixed.

Fourth Method – Create a New Admin Account

There’s a good chance that your current administrator account has been compromised. As a result, follow these steps to resolve the problem:

  1. Hold down the “Windows” + “I” keys to open the Windows computer settings.
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  1. Click on “Accounts” and click on “Family & other users” on the left pane and click on “Add someone else to this PC”.
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  1. Click on “I don’t have this person’s sign-in information”
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  1. In the next window, click “Add a user without a Microsoft account”
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  1. Type in the credentials of the new administrator account and click next. You will then be back to the Windows settings page, select your newly created account and click “Change account type”.
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  1. In the next window, select “Administrator” in the Account type and click “OK”
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  1. Restart your computer and login to your newly created administrator account and check if the error still persists.

Fifth Method – Check for New Windows Update

Windows rolls out new updates religiously to fix bugs, issues and improve the system’s stability.

  1. Press the “Windows” key on your keyboard and press “R” to bring up the run line command and type in “control update” and press enter.
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  1. Click on “Check for Updates” in the Windows Update window. If there are no updates available then you should get a message saying “You’re Up to Date”
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  1. If the Windows Update Tool finds a new update, let it install it and wait for it to complete. You may be required to restart your computer in order for it to install.
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  1. If your computer has installed a new update, check if the “This app can’t operate on your PC.” Error has been fixed.

Sixth Method – Run the System File Checker (SFC) Scan

You can use a free utility with the Windows operating system to scan for and repair corrupt or missing drivers and Windows files. Follow these procedures to scan your computer with the Windows SFC.

  1. Hold down the “windows” key and press “R” and type “cmd” in the run command line. Hold down both the “ctrl and shift” keys together and press enter. Click “OK” on the next window to grant administrator permissions.
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  1. In the command prompt window, type “sfc /scannow” and press enter. Wait for the SFC to complete the scan and restart the computer. Once done, run the Windows Update tool to check if the issue has been fixed.
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Seventh Method – Run the Windows DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) Tool

The DISM utility checks for and corrects problems with the Windows Imaging Format stored in the system, leading to problems with system files.

  1. Press the “windows” key and then press “R”. A small window will appear where you can type “CMD”.
  2. The command prompt window will open, type in “DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth” and then press “enter”.
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  1. DISM utility will start scanning and fixing any errors. Once completed, restart your PC. Open the Task Manager to see if the error persists.

Final Words

We hope you were able to address the infamous problem on your computer. We recommend generating a system restore point and updating your operating system regularly to ensure you don’t have to deal with this mistake again in the future and suffer further harm. As a result, you always have the option of returning to a former condition in which everything was working well.

Shayne Sherman
Meet the author

Shayne is an expert at all things Microsoft Windows and computer security. As a Windows user of over 30 years, he has been featured on Business Insider, Yahoo, Tech Republic, Hacker Noon, Techopedia, and many other publications. He also enjoys spending time with his family, including his English bulldog, Fergie as well as entertaining at his home theater.