Windows 10 Support and Solutions. Try these Universal Guru Fixes!

Some of those who have upgraded to Windows 10 are facing several Windows problems and issues. They could range from Wi-Fi not working, Search or Cortana not working, Settings not opening, Start Menu or Taskbar not working, Windows Store not working, some Windows Store app not opening and so on. If you are looking for some Windows 10 Support and Solutions to fix your problems, read on.

For most of these problems, there are some basic things you need to do. Follow these suggestions and chances are very high that most of your problems will be resolved. While these four will fix most of your Windows problems and issues, if you need specific troubleshooting advice, do follow the links to the several solutions I have mentioned here, at the end of this post.

Windows 10 Support and Solutions

Windows 10 problems and issues

 

Before you commence, make sure that your Windows 10 is updated with the latest updates. Having done that, create a system restore point and move on.

Most Windows 10 problems can be solved by carrying out the following tasks:

  1. Run System File Checker to replace corrupted system files with goof one’s
  2. RunDISM to repair corrupted Windows system image
  3. Re-register the Windows Store apps
  4. Reset Windows Store cache.

Let us take a look at them.

1] Repair corrupted Windows 10 system files

Some of your files could have got corrupted as a result of which Window 10 is not working the way it should.

From the WinX Menu, open an run Command Prompt (Admin), type the following and hit Enter to run the System File Checker.

sfc /scannow

This will scan your PC and replace your corrupted system files with good ones. Restart after the scan is over.

2] Repair corrupted Windows system image

Run the DISM tool to repair a possibly corrupted system image. To repair Windows Image, open an elevated command prompt, type the following and hit Enter.

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Restart after the scan is over and see if it helped.

3] Re-register the Windows Store and apps 

Search for ‘PowerShell’ in taskbar search, select Windows PowerShell from the results, right-click on it and choose Run as administrator. This will run PowerShell as administrator.

Now type the following and hit Enter.

Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

This will re-register Windows Store Apps.

After the November Update, if you use this method to fix this problem using the Appx PowerShell cmdlet, it caused problems with your Windows Store apps. But if you have installed Windows 10 Anniversary Update, it is working now.

4] Reset Windows Store Cache

Open Command Prompt as administrator, type WSReset.exet and hit Enter. This will clear and reset the Windows Store Cache.

NOTE: Windows 10 users may want to download FixWin10 for Windows 10. It automates these fixes and lets you resolve issues in a click!

If you need additional help, search for your problem using the Search Bar in the right sidebar. Chances are high you will find the solution. If not, let me know, I will try to post about it asap.

UPDATE: Windows Software Repair Tool from Microsoft will repair system components and detect corrupt files, resync System Date and Time, Reset System Settings, reinstall System Applications and run the DISM Tool to repair system image, with a click.

I am also posting some links here for your ready reference:

  1. Windows 10 Problems, Known Issues, Solutions
  2. Cannot activate Windows 10. Product Key blocked
  3. Wi-Fi does not work after upgrading to Windows 10
  4. Windows Store apps not opening in Windows 10
  5. Windows 10 Settings app does not open
  6. Fix Windows 10 Installation or Upgrade Errors
  7. Troubleshoot Windows 10 Activation Errors.
  8. Windows 10 Start Menu not working

If you need additional help, your could visit our Windows 10 Forums, use the built-in Contact Support app, get help from Microsoft Store or contact Windows Support.

All the best!

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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.

29 Comments

  1. Shoumi

    My PC has two users. While on user is able to use the mail app in windows 10 the other user is unable to use the app. It would simply not work. Can some one help me with it.

  2. Create a new User Account. See if it works there. If so move everything there and delete the old one.

  3. Shoumi

    I was just thinking on the same thing. Now that I have a more experienced adviser mentioning the same. I guess that should be right. Thanks a ton

  4. Subtain Bhatti

    Whenever I create a family members account (standard account), and logout to use it, a circle keeps on spinning saying please wait. This carries on for idk how much time. Please help!

  5. ItsThatBriGuy

    That works to get access to the Start Menu, Notifications, Edge and Cortana. Neither that nor any of the above suggestions have been able to make Windows Store apps (or the Windows Store itself) load.

  6. Abbas

    I did upgrade to windows 10 and since then I can not use my laptop any more the screen keep jumping and no option is for me to change anything restart it few time keep doing the same need Help Please

  7. claude

    Installed win10 on my laptop without any problems, and works nicely. Then installed win10 on my dell 2020 desktop, worked well to the point of signing in, then the screen keeps jumping around on the desktop screen, and cannot do anything, tried restarting. shutting down, and cannot do anything, what do I do now? Can anyone help? Thank You, Claude

  8. I found that the Start menu and taskbar would work with some users and not others on the same PC. Deleting users (keeping files) and recreating them and restoring files worked. But copy back contents of default folders not the folders themselves.

  9. Abu Taufan

    Hi, when I try the third part of the above solution (Re-register the Windows Store and apps), most of the steps will result in the type of error below. FYI, the first two steps (repair system files and image) ran smoothly but didnt resolve my taskbar problems including problems with start button, search button, wifi, speakers, notification and time.

    Please help. At wits end.

    Add-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CF6, Package could not be registered.

    error 0x80070002: Windows cannot register the package because of an internal error or low memory.

    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] 4b446140-db9c-0002-9b66-444b9cdbd001 in the Event Log or use the

    command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 4b446140-db9c-0002-9b66-444b9cdbd001

    At line:1 char:28

    + … | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.I …

    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (C:WindowsSyst…ppXManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], IOException

    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

  10. Monte Stahl

    Windows 10 has rendered my laptop unusable. When I log in the screen contiuosly blinks and I can’t use it at all

  11. Ross Ward

    After installing Windows 10 on my Samsung laptop, receiving mail is very slow and can take half an hour + to register incoming mail. PLUS, attachments of spreadsheets or Adobe documents contain Zero Bytes and therefore, cannot be opened. What can II do?

  12. Naren Desai

    Excel and Word hang (Not Responding) so often after installing Win10.

  13. Naren Desai

    Word, Excel files do not get printed through NITRO or PDF Writer already installed before switch over to Win10.

  14. Gina Howard

    I have non of the above problems but keep getting messages about running programs in compatability mode. I do not have any issues of any sort, all applications and programs are running just fine so wonder why I keep getting these messages. Can you help please

  15. Don Buck

    should I touch the pc keyboard faceplate with my wrist or palm while typing a document, different things happen that I DO NOT want to happen. 1) it reduces the size of the font to the point I can’t read it. I want to shut off the keyboard touch portion of the faceplate. 2) same problem, different results. While typing a document, should my wrist or palm touch somewhere (I don’t know exactly where) it sometimes totally erases what I typed and nothing I know to do restores my writing. I WANT TO FIX THIS, ASAP!!
    Just now, while writing this note, my screen size just enlarged without my selecting it.

  16. Cristiano Arruda

    Steps 1 + 2 + 3 MADE IT WORK!

    THANK YOU!

  17. Sudhakar

    mail is not syncing, even calander too 🙁 all other apps are working fine
    there is no problem with sync settings

  18. Ercan Er

    This powershell action is not working. I get this error:

    Add-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CF6, Paket kaydettirilemedi.
    Merge Failure : error 0x80070003 : Cannot register the Microsoft.WindowsStore_2015.23.23.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe package b
    ecause there was a merge failure with the following file: C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.WindowsStore_2015.23.2
    3.0_neutral_split.scale-100_8wekyb3d8bbweresources.pri
    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] 90f86a85-342a-0002-8681-f8902a34d101 in the Event Log or use th
    e command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 90f86a85-342a-0002-8681-f8902a34d101
    At line:1 char:97
    + … fest.xml’ ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manife …
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (C:Program File…ppxManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], IOException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

  19. Rob

    Your suggestions resolved a serious slow (2+ hour) boot problem apparently associated with Credential Manager. I was fighting with this for a month before I found this page. I ran your commands and it’s fixed! Thanks!

  20. the dude

    ever since i upgraded to windows 10 the store hasnt opened. neither has any other app including photos and iheartradio for example im trying to get this fixed but nothing works

  21. CHARLES MARTIN

    AFTER INSTALLING WINDOWS 10 THIS WEEK, OUR HP OFFICEJET 6100 WILL NOT OPERATE?? HELP.

  22. Dalmo Amorim

    I have a new machine, purchased with Windows 10. It has been presenting the same issue, my other machine gets locked up randomly but the solution proposed here (Re-register the Windows Store and apps) did work after many trials. Thanks Anand.

  23. PforenPflasterer

    Did you find a solution to this problem? I have the same problem…

  24. Wilfred S

    for step 3 you say it will not work if updated after november….. in that case whats the solution if updated… my start menu and store icons dont work.

  25. Marcus

    after i used the repair image command the start menu and the file explorer works great, and after a few days its the same again, it buggs n freeze up and stops working.

  26. XDer

    chkdsk /F /R

  27. David

    On occassion we do something to cause the desktop to suddenly magnify like going from 100% to say 125%. We are in our late 60’s now and are not experts but also not novices either. To correct we do a shutdown and restart and all is fine again. This works but it would be better if we knew how to fix this without shutting down. Any ideas?

  28. Margaret Mayo

    I can’t load a program CD on to lap top. It says the directory name is invalid please help

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