Why applications and games do not start on Windows 10: looking for reasons and solving the problem

There are often times when you try to play an old game, but it does not start. Or, on the contrary, you want to try out new software, download and install the latest version, and in response there is silence or an error. And it also happens that a completely working application stops working out of the blue, although nothing foreshadowed trouble.


  • Why programs do not start on Windows 10 and how to fix it
    • What to do when apps from the 'Store' won't launch
    • Reinstalling and re-registering Store apps
  • Why games won't start and how to fix it
    • Installer damage
    • Incompatibility with Windows 10
      • Video: how to run a program in compatibility mode in Windows 10
    • Blocking the launch of the installer or the installed program by the antivirus
    • Outdated or damaged drivers
      • Video: How to enable and disable the service 'Update Center Windows' in Windows 10
    • Lack of administrator rights
      • Video: how to create an administrator account in Windows 10
    • DirectX problems
      • Video: how to find out the DirectX version and update it
    • Missing required version Microsoft Visual C ++ and .NetFramtwork
    • Invalid path to executable file
    • Insufficiently powerful iron

Why programs do not start on Windows 10 and how to fix it

If you start listing all the possible reasons why this or that application does not start or gives an error, then a day will not be enough to sort everything out. It just so happened that the more complex the system, the more it contains additional components for the operation of applications, the more errors can occur during the operation of programs.

In any case, if one or another problem occurs on the computer, it is necessary to start 'prevention' by scanning for viruses in the file system. For greater productivity, use not one antivirus, but two or three defender programs: it will be very unpleasant if you miss some modern analogue of the Jerusalem virus or something worse. If threats to the computer have been detected, and the infected files are cleaned, applications must be installed anew.

Windows 10 may give an error when trying to access certain files and folders. For example, if there are two accounts on one computer, and when installing an application (some have such a setting) it was indicated that it is available only to one of them, then the program will not be available to another user.

User's Choice to Install MPC-HC App

During installation, some applications provide a choice of who will have access to the program after installation

Also, some applications may well run with administrator rights. To do this, select the 'Run as administrator' item in the context menu.

Run the program Skype as administrator

In the context menu select 'Run as administrator'

What to do when apps from the 'Store' won't launch

Often, programs installed from the Store stop launching. The exact cause of this problem is unknown, but the solution is always the same. You need to clear the cache of the 'Store' and the application itself:

  1. Open System Options by pressing the Win + I key combination.
  2. Click on the 'System' section and go to the 'Applications & Features' tab.
  3. Scroll through the list of installed programs and find 'Store'. Select it, click the More Options button. Store Apps More Options button

    Through the 'Advanced options' you can reset the application cache

  4. Click the Reset button. Reset button in Store app options

    The 'Reset' button deletes the application cache

  5. Repeat the procedure for the application that was installed through the 'Store' and at the same time stopped launching. After this action, it is recommended to restart the computer.

Reinstalling and re-registering Store apps

To solve the problem with the application, the installation of which went wrong, you can remove it and then install it from scratch:

  1. Return to 'Options' and then to 'Apps & features'.
  2. Select the required application and delete it with the button of the same name. Repeat the process of installing the application through the 'Store'. 'Delete' button in application options

    The 'Uninstall' button in 'Applications & Features' uninstalls the selected program

You can also solve the problem by re-registering applications, created in order to fix possible problems with the rights of interaction between the program and the OS. This method re-writes data about applications to the registry.

  1. Open 'Start', select the folder Windows PowerShell from the list of programs, right-click on the file of the same name (or on the file with the postscript (x86) if you have a 32-bit OS installed). Hover over 'Advanced' and select 'Run as administrator' from the drop-down menu. Run Windows PowerShell as administrator at Windows 10

    In the dropdown menu 'Advanced' select 'Run as administrator'

  2. Enter the command Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register '$ ($ _. InstallLocation) \ AppXManifest.xml'} and press Enter. Command in window Windows PowerShell

    Enter the command and run it with the Enter key

  3. Wait until the command completes, ignoring possible errors. Restart your computer and use the application.

Why games won't start and how to fix it

Often, games will not launch on Windows 10 for the same reasons that programs will not launch. At their core, games are the next stage of application development – they are still a collection of numbers and commands, but with a more advanced graphical interface.

Installer damage

One of the most common causes is file corruption during game installation on the console. For example, if the installation comes from a disk, it is quite possible that it is scratched, and this makes some sectors unreadable. If the installation is performed virtually from a disk image, there may be two reasons:

  • damage to files that are written to the disk image;
  • installation of game files on broken sectors of the hard drive.

In the first case, you can only be helped by another version of the game, recorded on another medium or disk image.

You will have to tinker with the second, since the hard drive needs to be treated:

  1. Press the key combination Win + X and select 'Command Prompt (Admin)'. 'Command line (admin)'

    The item 'Command line (administrator)' launches the executing terminal

  2. Enter the chkdsk C: / F / R command. Depending on which partition of the disk you want to check, you should enter the corresponding letter before the colon. Run the command with the Enter key. If the system disk is checked, a computer restart will be required, and the check will take place outside the environment Windows before the system boots.

Incompatibility with Windows 10

Despite the fact that the system adopted most of its operating parameters from Windows 8, problems with compatibility (especially in the early stages of release) arise very often. To solve the problem, programmers added a separate item to the standard context menu that starts the compatibility troubleshooter:

  1. Call the context menu of the file or shortcut that launches the game and select the 'Fix compatibility problems' item. The item 'Fix compatibility issues'

    In the context menu select 'Fix Compatibility Issues'

  2. Wait until the program is checked for compatibility problems. The wizard will give two points to choose from:
    • 'Use recommended parameters' – select this item;
    • 'Program diagnostics'. Two diagnostic modes in the Compatibility Fix Wizard

      Select 'Use Recommended Settings'

  3. Click the 'Check Program' button. The game or application should run normally if it is a compatibility issue that is preventing it.
  4. Close the patching service and use the application at your leisure. Summary of the Compatibility Fix Wizard

    Close the wizard after it runs

Video: how to run a program in compatibility mode in Windows 10

Blocking the launch of the installer or the installed program by the antivirus

Often, when using 'pirated' versions of games, their download is blocked by antivirus.

Often the reason for this is the lack of a license and the strange, according to the antivirus, interference of game files into the operation of the operating system. It should be noted that in this case, the possibility of a virus infection is small, but not excluded. Therefore, think twice before solving this problem, it may be worth contacting a more certified source of the game you like.

To solve the problem, you need to add the game folder to the trusted environment for the antivirus (or disable it when starting the game), and during the scan, the defender will bypass the folder you specified, and all files that are inside will not be 'searched' and treatment.

Outdated or damaged drivers

Constantly monitor the relevance and performance of your drivers (primarily video controllers and video adapters):

  1. Press the Win + X keyboard shortcut and select Device Manager. 'Device Manager'

    Device Manager displays devices connected to your computer

  2. If in the window that opens you see a device with an exclamation mark on a yellow triangle, this means that the driver is not installed at all. Open 'Properties' by double-clicking the left mouse button, go to the 'Driver' tab and click the 'Update' button. After installing the driver, it is advisable to restart your computer. Refresh button in the Properties: Video Controller window

    The 'Update' button starts the search and installation of the device driver

For automatic driver installation, the update service Windows must be enabled. To do this, open the 'Run' window by pressing Win + R. Enter the services.msc command. Find the service 'Update Center Windows' in the list and double-click on it. In the window that opens, click the 'Run' button.

Video: How to enable and disable the service 'Update Center Windows' in Windows 10

Lack of administrator rights

Rarely, but still there are times when you need administrator rights to run the game. Most often, this need arises when working with those applications that use some of the system files.

  1. Right-click on the file that launches the game, or on the shortcut that leads to this file.
  2. Select the 'Run as administrator' option. Agree if User Account Control requires permission. 'Run as administrator'

    Through the context menu, the application can be launched with administrator rights

Video: how to create an administrator account in Windows 10

DirectX problems

DirectX problems rarely occur in Windows 10, but if they do appear, then the cause of their occurrence, as a rule, is the damaged dll-libraries. Also, your hardware with this driver may not support updating DirectX to version 12. First of all, you need to use the DirectX online installer:

  1. Find the DirectX installer on the website Microsoft and download it.
  2. Run the downloaded file and using the prompts of the Library Installation Wizard (you must click the 'Next' buttons) install the available version of DirectX.

To install the latest version of DirectX, make sure your graphics card driver does not need to be updated.

Video: how to find out the DirectX version and update it

Missing required version Microsoft Visual C ++ and .NetFramtwork

DirectX is not the only problem with insufficient software hardware.

Products Microsoft Visual C ++ and .NetFramtwork are kind of plug-in bases for applications and games. Their main application environment is the development of program code, but at the same time they act as a debugger between the application (game) and the OS, which makes these services necessary for the functioning of graphic games.

Similarly, with DirectX, these components are either downloaded automatically during the OS update, or from the site Microsoft. Installation takes place in automatic mode: you just need to run the downloaded files and click 'Next'.

Invalid path to executable file

One of the simplest problems. The shortcut that ended up on the desktop as a result of the installation has the wrong path to the file that launches the game. The problem could have arisen due to a software error or due to the fact that you yourself changed the letter of the hard disk name. In this case, all paths of shortcuts will be 'broken', because there will be no directories with the paths specified in the shortcuts. The solution is simple:

  • fix paths via shortcut properties; 'Properties' of the game shortcut

    In the properties of the shortcut change the path to the object

  • delete the old shortcuts and through the context menu ('Send' – 'Desktop (create shortcut)') executable files, create new ones immediately on the desktop. Create a desktop shortcut

    Use the context menu to send the file shortcut to the desktop

Insufficiently powerful iron

The end consumer cannot keep up with all the gaming innovations in terms of the power of their computer. The graphical characteristics of games, internal physics and the abundance of elements grow literally by the hour. With each new game, the graphics transfer capabilities improve exponentially. Accordingly, computers and laptops, which for several years have not been able to realize themselves when running some extremely complex games. In order not to get into a similar situation, you should familiarize yourself with the technical requirements before downloading. Knowing if the game will start on your device will save you time and energy.

If you are unable to launch any application, do not panic. It is possible that this misunderstanding can be resolved using the above instructions and tips, after which you can safely continue using the program or game.

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