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How to fix “This app cannot run on your PC” error in Windows 10

If Windows does not allow you to run an application, it could be for one of the many reasons. Fortunately, we’ve got them all covered.


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If Windows 10 displays a “This app cannot run on your PC” error, there could be several reasons for this problem. Sometimes the application is incompatible with your system, you have logged in to the wrong user account, or the installation has been corrupted.

Fortunately, there are a few fixes you can try. So, let’s get stuck and see how to fix the “This app cannot run on your PC” error.

1. Check the app version

If you downloaded and installed the app without checking its properties, it may be incompatible with your system. For example, you cannot run an app that is compatible with the 32-bit version of Windows 10 and get it to work properly on a 64-bit system.

Before downloading the application, you should take a look at the properties of your system. hurry Win + I to open Settings and select System. Then, in the left menu, click on On.

the Device Specifications The section will give you information about your system, including the version of Windows you have installed on your computer.

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2. Run the application in compatibility mode

You may encounter the error “This app cannot run on your PC” when you try to run an old app. To resolve this problem, you must enable compatibility mode from the properties of the application.

Right click on the application executable file and select Properties. Open the Compatibility tab, check Run this program in compatibility mode for, and select another version of Windows using the drop-down menu. Click on Apply> OK to save the new settings and try to run the application.

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3. Run a copy of the executable file

It’s an unusual trick, but it could get the job done. Copy the application executable file and paste it in a new location. Then run the copied file as you normally would.

4. Check for viruses

A virus can prevent the application from functioning normally even if the application is compatible with your system. You can use the built-in Windows tools to scan your computer for viruses. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Right click To start up and go to Settings> Update and security.
  2. In the left menu, open Windows Security and click Protection against viruses and threats.
  3. Click it Quick scan and wait for Windows 10 to complete the process.



Quick scan

5. Run an SFC scan

If the quick scan tool did not fix the problem, you can use another feature of Windows 10. System File Checker will check for any corrupt or damaged system files and replace them automatically.

Open the command prompt with administrative rights and type sfc / scannow. To start the process, just press Enter. Once the SFC scan is complete, it will display a message informing you if it has found and replaced any corrupt files on your system.

Your computer is constantly accumulating junk files, especially if you surf the Internet a lot. If these files take up a lot of space on your hard drive, they can cause an application runtime error. The easiest way to remove these unnecessary files is to use Disk Cleanup.

  1. In the To start up menu search bar, search for disc cleaning and select Execute as administrator.
  2. Select the files you want to clean up. Disk Cleanup will show you how much space you will save.
  3. Click on Okay to start the process.


Disc cleaning

7. Reinstall the problematic application

If you still get the error “This app cannot run on your PC” after trying everything on our list, you need to reinstall the app. Once you uninstall it, go to the official website and download the latest version.

However, be sure to clear your browser’s cache before re-downloading any files. Browser cache speeds up browsing and reduces server delay in downloading website data. However, the browser cache can corrupt the downloads on your computer.

Operational again

This error is not limited to third-party apps, as you may get it when you try to launch apps downloaded from Microsoft Store. To prevent this from happening again, download the apps from official websites and constantly check the app and your system for updates.


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