Windows 8 apps not working? Repair Windows 8 Apps

The Windows 8 operating system offers an easy way to repair the Metro apps, should they not be functioning properly. If there is some problem with any app, when you click on an app to open it, you find that it simply crashes and closes down, and you get to see the start screen again.

Windows 8 apps not working – Repair Windows 8 Apps

This time however, you will see a small ‘x’ sign on the bottom right side of the Tile, indicating that something is wrong with this particular app. It could be for a built-in app or even a third-party app. If you are seeing this, it is quite possible that there was some problem or error when an app package was first installed. Sometimes, just waiting on the start screen for 5-10 minutes is known to resolve the issue automatically. If this does not help, check for updates if any, and download and install them.

This app can’t open & needs to be repaired

If it does not help, click on it again. This time, it will display a This app can’t open message. To exit, you may click on Close. To repair it, you should click on the Go to the Store link.


You will now see a message stating that This app needs to be repaired.

Clicking on Repair will repair the app. Effectively, the app is re-installed with all it defaults settings intact.

Once the app is repaired, you will see a notification in the top right side stating that the app was installed.

Windows 8 apps not working

Now if you try to open the app, you will see that it opens properly.

If it still, doesn’t help, you may want to check these links:

  1. Troubleshoot and Fix Apps problems with Windows 8 Apps Troubleshooter
  2. Fix: Windows 8 tiles are not working
  3. Fix: Random Windows 8 Metro App Crashes
  4. Unable to Install Apps from Windows 8 Store
  5. Error 0x80073cf9 While Installing Apps From Windows Store In Windows 8
  6. Error Code 0x8024600e When Trying To Install Or Update Windows Store Apps
  7. Unable to update Windows Store applications on Windows 8
  8. Random Windows 8 Metro App Crashes & Freezes
  9. Reset Windows Store Cache in Windows 8 | 8.1
  10. Fix: Windows Store apps crashing in Windows 8, by performing Clean Uninstall using PowerShell
  11. How to re-register Windows Store Apps.
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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.