Over the years of working in Windows, I have seen the “App not respond” error as one of the most common Windows problems. In most cases, the problem is solved by a forced shutdown or a quick restart. In other cases, however, some apps may stop responding every time you use them, and your only option is to replace those apps or fix them permanently.
If you decide to solve the problem of unresponsive apps, you can easily do so with a little system tweaking. In today’s post, I’ll list a few solutions to the problem of apps not responding in Windows 10.
What is the cause of unresponsive apps in Windows 10
Apps in Windows 10 are an integral part of Windows because they provide easy access to them. But sometimes you may encounter some problems, such as Windows 10 apps not working. Sometimes they don’t run at all or they only work partially.
In most situations, the problem of Windows 10 apps not working by default is related to the operating system. The problem of Windows 10 apps not working may be caused by corrupted ISO files or failed installation of some modules.
One of the reasons for Windows 10 apps not working is that the installation is corrupt or Microsoft Store does not allow you to update to the latest version. So, to solve the problem of default apps not working in Windows 10, you can reset the Microsoft Store cache.
The problem of Windows 10 apps not opening may also be caused by third-party software. To fix the “Windows 10 apps not working” error, you can restart and see if the problem can be resolved
To solve the problem of unresponsive apps in Windows 10
Run a system file check
- Press the Win + X key combination and select Command Prompt (Admin) from the Win + X menu.
- Now type sfc / scan now and press Enter.
- The scan will probably take 15 minutes or possibly a little longer.
- When the scan finishes, you may see a message in the command line window saying, “Windows Resource Protection has detected corrupt files and has successfully repaired them.”
- Then close the command line and restart Windows.
System File Checker is a handy tool that you can use to repair corrupt system files. Damaged system files can also prevent the program from responding.
If an SFC scan didn’t solve your problem, or if you were unable to run an SFC scan, you can solve the problem by running a DISM scan instead. To do this, follow these simple steps:
- Open a command prompt as an administrator.
- Now type the following line and press Enter:
- DISM / Online / Cleanup-Image / Restore Health.
- The DISM scan will now start. The scan may take about 20 minutes, sometimes longer, so do not interrupt it.
When the DISM scan is complete, check if the problem persists. If the problem persists, you can try running the SFC scan again to see if it solves the problem.
Making changes to the registry
- Press the Windows + R key and type RegEdit. Now press Enter or OK.
- Go to File -> Export.
- Set the export range to “All”. Now enter the name of the file you want and click Save. After that, you will have a backup copy of your registry ready.
- If something goes wrong after editing the registry, simply run the backup file to restore the registry to its original state.
- Now go to Edit -> Search.
- Type 54533251-82be-4824-96c1-47b60b740d00 or Central Parking and click Next.
- Both searches produce the same results, so you can use either one.
- Remove the keys that refer to CoreParking. Repeat steps 4-5 to find and remove all the keys associated with CoreParking. Note that some keys may be protected, so they cannot be deleted.
Exiting the Windows Desktop Manager task
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager.
- When the Task Manager opens, find the Windows Desktop Manager process, right-click on it and select End Task from the menu.
After that, the problem should be solved. Remember, this is just a workaround, and Windows Desktop Manager will likely reboot as soon as you reboot your PC.
Updating Windows 10
- Enter Services in the Cortana search box and select Services.
- Select Windows Update to open the window shown below.
- From the “Startup Type” drop-down menu, select Automatic, if it’s not already selected.
- Then click “Apply” and “OK” to confirm your new setting.
Windows 10 Update will also reduce the number of errors caused by unresponsive software. So make sure that Windows Update is enabled and preferably set to run automatically so that the software can make the best use of the update agent.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Check your antivirus program.
- Reinstall the software.
- Open fewer programs at a time.
- Update Windows 10.
- Scan and restore the registry.
- Run a system file scan.
- Run the Windows desktop manager task.
- Make changes to the registry.
Usually, in your phone settings, you can force an application to stop responding. You can usually clear the app's cache and data using your phone's Settings app. Settings may vary from phone to phone. Contact your device manufacturer for more information.
- Uninstall the Android WebView system updates.
- Update the app.
- Check for new Android updates.
- Stop the application by force.
- Clear the cache and data of the app.
- Uninstall and reinstall the app.
- Reboot your phone.
- Check your SD card (if you have one).
Windows 10 may stop responding if there is a virus or malware present. So run a virus scan on your entire Windows system. If malware is detected, follow the instructions of the antivirus program to fix it. Then restart your computer and try running the program again to see if it works.
Mark Ginter is a tech blogger with a passion for all things gadgets and gizmos. A self-proclaimed "geek", Mark has been blogging about technology for over 15 years. His blog, techquack.com, covers a wide range of topics including new product releases, industry news, and tips and tricks for getting the most out of your devices. If you're looking for someone who can keep you up-to-date with all the latest tech news and developments, then be sure to follow him over at Microsoft.