How to Fix App Crashing Issue in Windows 10

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Windows 10 is a great Operating system and has an excellent support of its default apps, but sometimes Windows Store and other apps stop working and they crash unnecessarily. This problem of crashing apps can be a massive headache if the problem occurs on a regular basis. The reason behind these issues may be settings has been changed unproperly or in simple words they are misconfigured or haven't installed correctly and need a reinstall. This article will help you to fix issues with apps in Windows 10.

Setting Store Apps Not Working with Troubleshooter

I have written a great detailed article here on The Troubleshooter of Windows 10. It has been included since Windows 7, and with updates of Operating system, new troubleshooter packages are added. You can use Windows Store App troubleshooter to fix the problem with Windows 10 and then reinstall all other apps. If this doesn't resolve the problem of store app, you will need to reinstall all apps with the help of Powershell. You can find that method below as well.
To fix Windows 10 Store app crashing issue follow below steps

  • Open Control Panel and navigate to
    Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Troubleshooting\All Categories
  • Open Windows Store App package from the list.
  • Click on the advance option and choose to fix issues automatically option (see the screenshot).
  • Now troubleshooting wizard will find and fix the issues.
If this method doesn't work reinstalling apps using PowerShell is a good idea, and I only recommend this if app troubleshooter doesn't fix your problem.

Reinstall Apps to Fix Crashing Issues

Sometimes app opens but then close, and sometimes freezes and troubleshooting can not solve these matters because either app is not correctly installed or corrupted by malware or sudden power off. This problem can be only resolved by reinstalling those apps.
You can choose to reinstall all apps at once or do it with apps creating issues. To reinstall any app you need to obtain app id by going to app directory and all apps are situated in User > AppData > Local >Packages. Find your user folder in your main drive where Windows 10 is installed.
Now after finding the app id open command prompt and copy paste the following command:-
PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Command "& {$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.Photos).InstallLocation + '\AppxManifest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest}"
Now wait for a few second and wait till command does it’s job, it may take a bit longer because it will reinstall the app from Windows Store. Don’t forget to change app id if you want to reinstall any other app instead of Windows Photo app.

Re-Register Windows Store to Fix Crashing Problem

Sometimes Windows store crashes because of the log-in issue with your account; this happens when you switch online accounts on a machine and especially on surface devices. To re-register follow below steps
  • Type “PowerShell” in Windows Search.
  • Now enter the following command to re-register at Store:-
Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}
Wait until the re-registration is finished and once it is done try opening the Windows Store app. If still doesn't worked restart your computer, and it will work fine.

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