Fix: This app can’t run on your PC error on Windows 10

How to fix This app can’t run on your PC error message on Windows 10? You may have probably received this message pop up on your computer screen when you tried to run a just-installed software, run an app after a long time or tried to run a program after you installed some updates. Well if you have this question then this post suggests some setting you need to look at and shows you how to resolve the issue.

This app can’t run on your PC

Several users have received this message when trying to install iTunes, Lotus SmartSuite, Simple Assembly Explorer, AutoDesk, Daemon Tools, etc. But this message could appear for any app.

This app cant run on your PC

If you see this message, well the first thing you need to do is check if the software has some updates. Visit the software publishers site and ensure that you are running the latest version of the app. If you find that a new version has been released, download and install the new version. This should help. If t does not, there may be other things you may need to do.

1] Check if the program is meant for your version of Windows – viz. 32-bit or 64-bit. Maybe you are using Windows 32-bit and are trying to unknowingly run a 64-bit program. This is very common – so check if you are running Windows 32-bit or 64-bit first, and then install the app for your version. This issue can also occur if you are trying to run some old 8-Bit or 16-Bit app on your modern 64-Bit OS. It may have worked on a 32-Bit OS, but work on a Windows 64-Bit OS as it can emulate only 32 Bits.

2] At times the download can get corrupted, so clear your browser cache and download and install the program again and see.

3] Log in with your Administrator account if possible and see if you can run it now. Right-click on the app’s exe file and select Run as Administrator. Does that work?

4] If it is the program shortcut that is giving this problem, open its Program folder and see if you can run the main executable from there.

5] As a temporary workaround disable your SmartScreen and see if it helps. Make sure that you enable SmartScreen again as it is a good security feature.

6] If you downloaded the app package, not from the Windows Store, but from another source, then assuming you trust the app publisher, you may need to SideLoad the app. One should SideLoad apps only when trusts it completely.

7] Perform a Clean Boot and see if you can run it. If you can, then you will have to manually identify and eliminate the offending process that is blocking Windows from running the app in normal boot. Remember to exit the Clean Boot State once you complete troubleshooting.

I hope something here helps you resolve the issue.

See this post if you receive a This app has been blocked for your protection message.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. 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.