When users attempt to run a suspicious application or an old program on Windows 8 or Windows 10, the error message saying, “This App Can’t Run On Your PC” appears on the screen. The error message pops up for all types of applications which the operating system detects or finds to be suspicious, whether they are gaming programs or those used for virus removal.
Note that there are several other errors popping up on Windows similar to “This App Can’t Run On Your PC”. Some of them are:
- Windows Store error
- Game error
- Access is denied
- Check with the software publisher
If you experience the error, follow the steps outlined in this online computer repair guide to resolve “This App Can’t Run On Your PC”. Yet prior to continuing, sign into a Windows administrator account.
Disable the SmartScreen Feature on Windows 10
The obvious method to resolve it is to disable the feature, which screens as well as detects malware programs, in Windows 10. Follow the below steps to turn off the SmartScreen feature on your computer.
- Press and hold down Windows and S keys at the same time.
- Type SmartScreen in the search bar.
- Navigate to Settings or even Apps and Browser Control that pops up in the OS’s search section.
- In the search section, find the SmartScreen
- Below it, you can see three options namely Block, Warn, and Off. Click on the Off
Create a New Administrator Account
The error message is often displayed not just while trying to open third-party applications but also while attempting to open programs such as Microsoft Edge or the Task Manager. In case this occurs, it can be because of some issue with the Windows user account. In such a case, create a fresh administrator account. For that, follow the steps mentioned below.
- Press and hold the Windows and I keys simultaneously.
- Click on Account.
- Select Family & other people option from the screen’s left side.
- After that, scroll down to and find the Other people section on the right.
- Under it, select Add someone else to this PC.
- Click on I don’t have this person’s sign-in information appearing on the bottom.
- Click on Add a user without a Microsoft account.
- Fill out all personal or user information, and click on Next.
- After that, click on Change Account Type.
- Choose Administrator option, and click on OK.
Install the Right Version of a Software
There are several times when a computer has 32-bit Windows but users end up downloading a program that is compatible with 64-bit OS and installs it. Therefore, it is important for users to know whether a program is compatible with it. To avoid the issue, you have to install a downloaded program according to the specification of the system.
You can figure out the version of Windows OS in your computer by navigating to the Control Panel. You can also find the details of a program, which you need to download from the internet, by reading details in the respective section.
If you have the incompatible version of a software in your Windows computer, download and install the correct one. Of course, before that, you have to get rid of the incompatible version from the system. For that, follow the below steps.
Steps to Uninstall an Unwanted Program in Windows 10
- Click on the Start Menu, and select Settings.
- Click on the System on the new Settings Menu that appears.
- Select the Apps & features from the left side of the screen. Then, a list of installed applications pops up in the right side.
- Select an application, which you want to uninstall from the system, and click on the Uninstall button that pops up on selection. Click on the second pop-up Uninstall button for confirmation. In case the button is grayed out, then it is a Windows application that users cannot uninstall.
Enable Side-Load Applications
Sometimes an application, you need to install in the system, is not trusted by the OS. You can workaround it by sideloading an app. It is suggested to download a third-party app from a trustable source. Not all applications are available on the Windows Store. Sideloading an app is recommended only if you fully trust its publisher.
- Press Windows and I keys at the very same time.
- Click Update and Security.
- Select For Developers option that pops up to the left of the screen.
- Click on Sideload apps to the right.
If you still come across the issue while opening an application in your Windows 8 or Windows 10 computer, contact our online computer repair technicians for an advanced resolution.