How to Fix “This app can’t run on your PC” in Windows 10:
Does your PC say “This app cannot run on your PC” when you trying to open an app? Its most likely because the app is incompatible with your PC. However, there may be other reasons as well.
Luckily, you can apply some fixes to your PC and get the error resolved.
run the app as an administrator
permission issues There are common reasons why an app won’t open or work as it should. It’s easy to fix because all you have to do is run the app with administrative privileges.
To do this, you need to be logged in as an administrator or have the login credentials of an administrator account ready for Step 2 below.
- Use File Explorer to find the app with the problem.
- Right-click on the app and select run as administrator.
- In the User Account Control window that appears, select Yes.
- The app should open.
If you don’t get the “This app cannot run on your PC” error, and the app works fine, enable the app to always run in administrator mode.
- Right-click on the app file and select a quality.
- go to compatibility tab in properties.
- Below Adjustment section, enable run this program as an administrator Box.
- Choose applicable after Okay Click below to save your changes.
Check if PC is 32-bit or 64-bit
There are two versions of Windows 10: 32-bit and 64-bit. One possible reason why apps won’t open on your PC is that your PC is running a 32-bit version of Windows and the app is 64-bit.
To confirm this, check your PC’s specifications:
- open to Adjustment pressing the app windows + I keys at the same time.
- Choose system on the Settings screen.
- Scroll down the left sidebar and select About.
- on the right pane, below device specification, see what system type called area.
If it says 32-bit Operating System, and your app is 64-bit, you will need to have a 64-bit version of Windows 10 installed on your computer. To do this your computer must support a 64-bit operating system. Your PC manufacturer’s website should be able to tell if your system supports 64-bit OS.
If you’re not sure whether your app is 32-bit or 64-bit, you can find that information by:
- Right-click on your app and select a quality.
- On the Properties window, select compatibility tab at the top.
- enable run this program in compatibility mode for checkbox.
- Select the dropdown menu below the checkbox. If in this dropdown menu Windows 95 Above all, your selected app is 32-bit. If the dropdown menu starts with Windows Vista, then your app is 64-bit.
If you can’t upgrade to 64-bit Windows 10, check the site of the problematic app and see if they offer a 32-bit version of their app. The 32-bit version should work fine on your PC.
Use the Compatibility Troubleshooter
Windows 10 includes several troubleshooters, one of which is the compatibility troubleshooter. Use this to determine the possible reasons why your app is not opening.
- Right-click on the problematic app and select a quality.
- access to compatibility tab in properties.
- At the top of the Compatibility tab, select Run Compatibility Troubleshooter.
- Wait for the troubleshooter to find and fix app problems for you.
Run app from another account Run
If your PC still displays the “This app cannot run on your PC” error, you might want to switch accounts and see if that makes a difference. If there’s a problem with your user account settings, that should fix it.
make sure you have an additional account to switch on.
- open to start menu, click on your profile icon, and select depart.
- On the login screen, select another user account and log in to it.
- In this new user account, find the problematic app and open it.
If the app opens with a secondary account, then there is a problem with your original account. In this case, if you are not sure what exactly is causing the problem, delete your user account and create it again.
Scan PC for Viruses and Malware
A virus or malware can cause your PC to display the error “This app cannot run on your PC” even though the app you are trying to open is perfectly fine. In this case, use Windows’ built-in virus scanner Find and remove viruses and other threats.
- open to start menu, search Windows Security, and select it in the search results.
- On the Windows Security screen, choose Virus and threat protection.
- Choose scan options on the following screen.
- opt for full scan option and then select scan Now on the bottom.
- Wait for your system to scan and remove various threats from your PC.
enable developer mode
Windows 10 includes a Developer Mode that lets you enable certain features on your PC. One of these is the ability to sideload apps to your computer. Sideloading means installing Universal Windows apps from outside the Microsoft Store.
It is advisable to toggle on this mode to see if that solves your problem.
- Squeeze windows + I to open keys at the same time Adjustment app.
- In Settings, select Updates and Security on the bottom.
- Choose for developers in the left sidebar.
- On the right pane, turn on Developer mode toggle.
- Try running your app and see if it opens.
run a corrupt file scan
Corrupt files are responsible for various issues on your PC, including apps not launching. It’s difficult to find and fix corrupt files manually, but there is a tool out there to help you with that.
Windows 10 includes a command to detect and fix all corrupt files on your computer. Run this command from the Command Prompt utility on your PC.
While you need to type the command and execute it, the command takes care of fixing the corrupt files for you. You don’t have to deal with corrupt files manually.
- access to start menu, search command prompt, and select run as administrator.
- Choose Yes In the User Account Control prompt.
- In the Command Prompt window that opens, type the following command and press recorded:
sfc / scannow
- Wait for the command to scan and fix corrupt files on your PC.
clean boot pc
If your PC still displays the error “This app cannot run on your PC”, then cleaning your PC might be a good idea. Clean booting your PC only loads the essential services required to boot the computer. So, a clean boot will not load any problematic apps and files.
This allows you to determine if an installed app is the culprit. We have a comprehensive guide How to Clean Boot in Windows 10, then check it out.
Did you manage to fix the problem with your app? Tell us which method worked for you in the comments below.