What to do if Windows 11 built-in apps are not working after upgrade

Windows 11 has received many mixed reviews since its launch. While some users find the unique experience appealing, others are just frustrated with the frequent errors and issues they’ve been encountering since upgrading.

Many Windows 11 users report that the built-in applications are not working properly or not working at all after upgrading from version 10. This problem can usually be caused by the related services not working properly or your system is outdated. In this guide, we’ll look at troubleshooting methods that can help you get built-in programs working in no time.


1. Restart your PC

Before starting system-related troubleshooting methods, we suggest that you restart your PC. There are times when a glitch in the system causes the apps and programs to act.

Since the issues are temporary, they can go away by simply restarting the PC most of the time. Once you have restarted your PC, make sure you are connected to a stable internet connection, as some apps require the internet to launch and function.

If this method does not work, proceed to the next one below.

2. Install pending system updates

You may also face the problem because your version of Windows 11 is outdated and not compatible with the apps installed in the system. This usually happens when there are a lot of pending updates.

If this scenario applies to you, installing available updates should resolve the issue. Here’s how:

  1. Hurry To win + I together to open Windows Settings.
  2. Select Windows Update from the left pane.
  3. Click on Check for updates on the right side of the window. The system will now search for available updates and display those found.
  4. Take your time to install each update, then restart your PC.

Hope you can use the apps on reboot.

3. Restart Windows Update Service

In some cases, the problem also occurs if the Windows Update service of the operating system is stopped or not working properly. This service manages the download and installation of updates in Windows.

Several users have had success getting Windows 11 default apps to work by restarting the Windows Update service, so we recommend giving it a try.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. press the To win + R keys to open Run.
  2. Type services.msc in Run and click Walk in.
  3. In the next window, find the Windows Update service and right-click on it.
  4. Picking out Properties from the context menu.
  5. Now check if the service is running. If not, click the Begin button.
  6. If it is running, click Stopwait a few seconds and press Begin.
  7. Expand the drop-down list for Startup type and choose Automatique.
  8. Click on Apply > OKAY to save changes.

Once done, try launching and using the apps that were previously causing the problem and see if the issue is resolved now.

4. Enable Application Identity Service

The Application Identity service verifies the identity of applications installed on your system, allowing it to run smoothly. As a Windows Update service, if this service is disabled or not working due to a bug, you may face problems while using applications on your system.

Here’s how to enable the Application Identity service on Windows 11:

  1. Launch Windows Services by following the steps above.
  2. Next, find the “Application Identity” service, right-click on it and choose Properties.
  3. Check if the service is running. If not, click the Begin button.
  4. If it is running, click Stop then hit Begin after waiting a few seconds.
  5. Expand the drop-down list for Startup type and choose Automatique.
  6. Click on Apply > OKAY to save changes.

This should enable or restart the service successfully. While you’re at it, we also recommend making sure this service is running through the task manager.

Here’s how:

  1. Type “Task Manager” in Windows Search and click Open.
  2. In the next window, go to Services tongue.
  3. Here, search for AppIDSvc and right click on it.
  4. Picking out Begin.

Once the service status is running, close Task Manager and see if you can now use the targeted apps without any issues.

5. Change UAC settings

This problem can also be caused by conflicting UAC settings on your operating system. In this situation, you can try setting User Account Control to never notify you about changes to your computer and see if that helps.

However, we strictly recommend that you reset USC settings to their default state after launching the targeted application, as this utility prevents unwanted operations from taking place on your system.

You will also need to be logged into Windows with your administrator account for this method.

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Type UAC in Windows search and click Open.
  2. In the UAC window, hold and drag the slider on the left side to Never notify.
  3. Click on OKAY to save changes.

6. Repair the problematic app

If you are having the problem with just one app, the problem may be with the app itself rather than the system. The best way to fix problematic apps is to use the built-in repair function they offer.

Follow these steps to repair the app:

  1. Hurry To win + I to open Windows Settings.
  2. Picking out apps > Apps and features.
  3. Locate the targeted app on the right side of the window and click on the three dots associated with it.
  4. Picking out Advanced options.
  5. In the next window, go to the Repair section and click on the Repair button.
  6. Wait for the process to complete and see if it did the trick for you.

If not, you can try resetting the app to its default state.

7. Run a malware scan

There are times when corruption errors and viruses in the system prevent you from performing basic tasks like using an application.

If you have installed a third-party security program, you can run a malware scan using it. If you don’t have one, there are several other ways to run a virus scan without a security program installed.

Enjoy using Windows 11 apps again

Windows 11 includes a number of native apps such as Photos, Paint, Sound Recorder, and Calculator which can be very useful for day-to-day tasks. The methods mentioned above should help you get these programs running in no time. In order to avoid such problems in the future, make sure your system is always up to date.

Maria D. Ervin