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 wiating 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.
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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 create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • Pranav Man Shrestha

    How to repair all the apps at once?
    And, after clicking “install” they work well, but the respective apps are showing in the pending list of windows store? What should I do?

  • Ramizraza Sheikh

    i have the same problem.
    Initially It worked well. After activation. the metro apps were unable to connect to internet. Else it work fine in Desktop tab. mozzila, picasa, other working properly.

    How to resolve this problem . I want internet to be connected in metro apps also.

    please send me solution through mail.. ramizraza09@gmail.com

  • Mark

    But why on earth does this need to be done so much?! I’ve had my Windows 8.1 tablet for a week, and have already had to repair Flipboard once and Microsoft’s weather app three times! In one case, simply trying to access the weather app when internet connectivity was not available was enough to ‘damage’ it somehow. The modern UI does not seem like a very robust system!

  • jen

    when I click on the close button it does not give me an option to repair. I can’t find a way to uninstall it either.

  • SomeRandomGuy

    I need help! my store app is not working right. it is small and I can’t really see the shop. what do I do

  • Adeel

    Got to run as administrator and type WSReset, it will reset windows store cache.
    Good luck!

  • fufu

    My windows 8 music app opens and when it’s trying to sign in it just closes the app

  • Kcim

    What if the store app wont work and the This App Needs to be Repaired wont show up

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