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Troubleshoot Apps in Windows 11

This article helps you troubleshoot app crashes in Windows 11, including crashing and hanging installed from the Microsoft Store.

Troubleshoot Apps crashing in Windows 11

To troubleshoot app problems with Windows 11, here are some steps you can try:

  • Run the Store apps troubleshooter from Settings>System>Troubleshooters.
  • Try a Reset or Repair of the crashing app from the Settings app.
  • Run a Repair Install of Windows keeping everything, or a Reset.

  • Applies To : Windows 11


    Check for updates:

    The first and foremost step that can be tried is Updates. Make sure all the apps in the Microsoft Store are updated, and Windows is entirely up to date.

    Microsoft Store: Open Microsoft Store>Click Library at the left>Click Get updates. Install all the available updates.

    Windows Update: Go to Settings>Windows Update>Check for updates.

    Run the App Troubleshooter

    Sometimes, the App troubleshooter can also fix app crashes. In the Settings app, go to System>Troubleshooter. Please scroll down to the Windows Store app troubleshooter and run it.

    Repair the App

    The next step you can try is to repair the App.

    App Settings menu when app is right-clicked
    Reset the App

    If repairing has not helped, you can try the next step to reset the App. In the same Settings Window, click Reset. 

    Reset App in Windows 11

    If the Settings App is not working for you, you can use the Powershell command to Reset the Settings App. 

    Try a clean boot

    A clean boot may help isolate a problem if a 3rd party application causes it. Put your computer in a clean boot state, and see if the application works. See this article for more details. 

    Make sure the drivers are updated

    Sometimes, older drivers may have incompatibility with newer versions of Windows, resulting in app crashes in Windows 11. Make sure all the drivers, especially the display driver, are up-to-date. You can also try reinstalling the display driver.

    Reset or a Repair Install

    The last resort to fix this problem is a Repair Install, which keeps everything and reinstalls Windows, or a Reset which removes applications. Both of the options are discussed in separate articles below:

    Repair Install Windows 11 using an ISO file – Your Windows Guide

    How to Reset Windows 11 – Microsoft Community

    These steps can help you troubleshoot App crashing in Windows 11.

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