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December 13, 2013 4:08:15 PM

Running Windows 8.1 and apps are not working. They were perfectly fine this morning, then later today, every one of them, except like two that I know of, IE and the Store. Other than that, music, Facebook, twitter, dropbox, etc. they're not working.

I've refreshed my Windows 8, didn't fix it. I've also done sfc /scannow and it found nothing wrong. Why is this doing this?

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December 14, 2013 1:43:13 AM

ErraticFox said:
Running Windows 8.1 and apps are not working. They were perfectly fine this morning, then later today, every one of them, except like two that I know of, IE and the Store. Other than that, music, Facebook, twitter, dropbox, etc. they're not working.

I've refreshed my Windows 8, didn't fix it. I've also done sfc /scannow and it found nothing wrong. Why is this doing this?


check your system for viruses..
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January 4, 2014 7:58:25 AM



check your system for viruses..[/quotemsg]

Gee thanks, jack ass.
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January 4, 2014 11:08:27 AM

JoeMama669 said:

silentplanner said:

check your system for viruses..

Gee thanks, jack ass.


Do you have this problem? If so I found out how to fix it (or at least what was wrong with mine).


Make sure you have "Show hidden files and folders" on
Navigate to C:\Program Files\
Right-click on WindowsApps
Navigate to the 'Security' tab
Click the group "ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES"
Make sure 'Full Control' for 'ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES' is checked. If not, check it (turn it on).

That should fix the problem.
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March 2, 2014 5:58:53 PM

ErraticFox said:
JoeMama669 said:

silentplanner said:

check your system for viruses..

Gee thanks, jack ass.


Do you have this problem? If so I found out how to fix it (or at least what was wrong with mine).


Make sure you have "Show hidden files and folders" on
Navigate to C:\Program Files\
Right-click on WindowsApps
Navigate to the 'Security' tab
Click the group "ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES"
Make sure 'Full Control' for 'ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES' is checked. If not, check it (turn it on).

That should fix the problem.


I can't seem to get my Windows 8.1 to allow me to change the permissions. I'm signed in as administrator and everything but it won't work.
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March 26, 2014 12:07:01 AM

HONESTLY THIS WORKS, I RECENTLY HOOKED MY LAPTOP UP TO A 1080p CAPABLE T.V. AND MY FACEBOOK APP FOR WINDOWS 8.1 WOULD NOT OPEN, AND I HAD TRIED A FEW THINGS..

AND WHAT WORKED FOR ME WAS TO UNINSTALL AND RE-INSTALL THE APP :D  IT WORKS FINE! :)  ALSO THIS IS AS OF 3:05AM ON WEDNESDAY MARCH 26TH 2014 :) 
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April 14, 2014 6:23:04 AM

For anyone else with this, the solution was that the Temporary Internet Files folder was wrong in Internet Explorer. Run IE, go into Internet Options, click Settings in Browsing History section, click Move Folder and set to something valid like "c:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows".
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April 29, 2014 11:30:45 AM

ErraticFox said:
Running Windows 8.1 and apps are not working. They were perfectly fine this morning, then later today, every one of them, except like two that I know of, IE and the Store. Other than that, music, Facebook, twitter, dropbox, etc. they're not working.

I've refreshed my Windo.ws 8, didn't fix it. I've also done sfc /scannow and it found nothing wrong. Why is this doing this?

New update for windows 8.1 fixed all the problems for me.

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June 9, 2014 3:59:55 AM

ErraticFox said:
Running Windows 8.1 and apps are not working. They were perfectly fine this morning, then later today, every one of them, except like two that I know of, IE and the Store. Other than that, music, Facebook, twitter, dropbox, etc. they're not working.

I've refreshed my Windows 8, didn't fix it. I've also done sfc /scannow and it found nothing wrong. Why is this doing this?


Check this link, it has the solution to your problem

http://blogs.technet.com/b/ouc1too/archive/2013/10/19/w...
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June 20, 2014 9:07:38 PM

That didn't help me, it only worked on Windows store, however even with the windows store, if i were to delete some of my apps and re install i cant, because the store says i already have it installed even tho i have already deleted it thousands of seconds ago.
:) ))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
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June 29, 2014 3:33:54 PM

ErraticFox said:
Running Windows 8.1 and apps are not working. They were perfectly fine this morning, then later today, every one of them, except like two that I know of, IE and the Store. Other than that, music, Facebook, twitter, dropbox, etc. they're not working.

I've refreshed my Windows 8, didn't fix it. I've also done sfc /scannow and it found nothing wrong. Why is this doing this?


Try typing "uninstall apps to free up disk space" in the search box..
remove the faulty apps.. restart windows.. go to windows store/myapps and in "not yet installed" select the apps again to install (try installing one by one.. it might have viruses inside the apps also)

if it works, please share your success with people here so they can be helped also. If it doesn't, also share..
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August 30, 2014 9:21:37 AM

The problem is with the folder of windowsapp, The security setting has somehow changed and TrustedInstaller doesn't have sufficient access.
Right click on windowsapp folder (inside program files, if you can't find it go to option and change the setting to view hidden files and folders, just to be sure uncheck the use sharing wizard too.) click on properties, choose security tap, then choose advanced, you can either change the owner to TrustedIsntaller and let it take control of all files and folders and subfolders with inheritance option checked or you can just add TrustedInstaller with the same principle and full control access to users that have access.
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September 11, 2014 4:05:45 PM

Like many others, or so it looks, none of the options above works. Having been OK for over a month, now most of my Metro Apps crash as soon as I click the icon. (The only ones that still work are those not going online, such as Camera, Calculator and Help; of those using the internet, only Store works).

Changing permissions as described above is tricky: it needs explorer.exe to be launched As Administrator. Anyway, even with all those Full Control permissions, the problem PERSISTS as before.

I am writing this using the "Windows 7 desktop" interface, and starting Chrome as a common Windows 7 application in my Asus T100, but its Metro UI with its apps (which includes many games, Skype et.al) is now useless.

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September 12, 2014 11:07:23 PM

1. Right-click on the Dropbox icon in the system tray.
2. Click on the gear icon and select Preferences... from the menu.
3. Check "No proxy" from Proxy settings: under Proxies tap.
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September 13, 2014 3:21:09 AM

I had the same issue and I read the forums, tried everything: sfc /scannow , AppsDiagnostic.diagcab, WindowsUpdateDiagnostic.diagcab, all kinds of diagnostics (and I found out that my 8.1 is OK) but not tried reinstalling the apps gone crazy what finally helped
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September 13, 2014 3:34:22 AM

Thanks barrytmeda.

In the meantime I have now tried everything that is on the web, including Microsoft suggestions, EXCEPT reinstalling Windows 8.1, which I will NOT do in a brand new PC just for the sake of the few Metro apps I need (I just installed "normal" Skype: one less to worry about!).

As for your new suggestion, being a Windows OS and PC technician with decades of good reputation and experience, I do not know what the "system tray" is. ( I know the right-hand "charms" of Windows 8. which produce nothing when right-clicked, and the "taskbar tray" as in old Windows 7). I try but cannot find anything like a "dropbox" or "gear" icon is (no Dropbox is installed in this Asus T100).

Will be thankful for further clarification!
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September 13, 2014 3:39:26 AM


Tried with the new "Proxy" suggestion. I entered into the "Search" charm "Proxy settings": there were a few results, all of them linking to the same "Network" screen with a "Proxy" section. The only "proxy" thing there is a "Manual Proxy Setup": it has always been OFF.
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