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i cant see icons of metro apps in taskbar of windows 8.1

Q: i cant see icons of metro apps in taskbar of windows 8.1

I cant see icon of metro in taskbar of windows 8.1

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A: i cant see icons of metro apps in taskbar of windows 8.1

Are you in the Desktop or in the Metro/Start screen?

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I have upgraded to windows 10 from 8.1 and been using it for the last week now with no problems.
Today, during a mandatory update my pc went blue screen and said it had to restart.
Once it restarted it updated and booted fine.
However after the update I realized that my start menu stopped working.
If I press it nothing shows up. It is the same with my search menu.
Also none of my taskbar icons will work like the volume and notifications.
I have searched the internet and tried all the solutions provided like windows powershell and uninstalling antivirus and restarting explorer but nothing seems to work for me.
I can't reformat and clean install at the moment because it's really inconvenient for me and have some important files and big programs that I can't back up.

Can anyone please provide me a solution for this bug?
Is there anyway I can reinstall the last update again manually?
Or if I revert back to win 8.1 would this problem still persist?
I can't afford to lose anything since I am away and need my computer for work.

A:Windows 10 Start Menu, metro apps, and taskbar icons not working

Right click the start button and click on Programs and Features. (It's at the top.)
In the window that opens click on 'View installed updates'
Click on the updates you want to uninstall and Bob's your auntie's live-in lover!

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when I open Settings - Apps & features I can't see the icons of Microsoft Corporation, neither in my taskbar, I only see a blank square with pixels, see below my example.
However, they are visible in the Start Menu
How to solve this problem.
Thank in advance for the co-operation

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Hi there

If you wish to create easily custom desktop Icons from images captured then you can use the LAST FREE VERSION of ICOFX (It Used to be freeware - everybody seems to be trying to Monetise every possible item now -but the last FREE version is still available and the paid version doesn't really have much to offer if you just want to create ICONS).

Last Freeware version: DiskDigger, Amic Email Backup, Mystic Thumbs, IcoFX, phpDesigner, Xinorbis

@Brink - I added a question in your tutorial about How to create the ICONS for Metro apps as you used Custom ZIP one in your example -- perhaps you could delete the remark or refer to the above program which does it easily

1) For Metro simply open the tile and press PRT SCREEN before the application starts
2) Paste to ms WORD / WORDPAD (Standard comes with Windows enter WORDPAD in the Start box)
3) Use Snipping tool to select a reasonable rectangle of the ICON and save as PNG file
4) Import into the ICOFX program - Will create Icon for you
5) Save as .ICO file
6) Now ready to use in Windows.

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Hi.. I have been having this problem for 4 days now. Ive been trying to find all solutions related to fix this problem. In the end. I have just fixed the PC SETTINGS and STORE APP. As of today all of the apps have been repaired and installed via STORE but the problem still persist. Even though they have been repaired and installed. They can't open on maximized mode. Can anyone have some possible solutions for this type of problem? Btw. I have already made this steps.

1) Chkdsk /f /r
2.) Reregister Store
3.) Scan for virus via ESET NOD32
4.) Almost all of the options on the thread Apps and Tiles Not Working or Responding: Fix in Windows 8
5.) sfc /scannow
6.) Fixed problems via Advanced System Care Ultimate 7
7.) Fixed problems via CCleaner.

Now the only problem i have is the apps can't be opened.

A:Metro Apps remains on the taskbar and can't maximized

Hi there. Did you perform the DISM in the tutorial?

Will they go full screen by pushing Windows key + up arrow?

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On my ASUS N550, Windows 8.1, my taskbar icons are blank for any Windows Store apps. The icons are normal for other apps (like MS Office, Explorer, etc...).

It was working before and all of sudden, it stopped working! To start with, I thought it was the graphic card driver and I did all the updates but it didnt work.

In case you need to know; my computer is not connected with any business policy, I am just using my hotmail account.

Many thanks

Exact same issue as in this thread but solution doesn't work for me: http://www.eightforums.com/general-support/61467-blank-taskbar-icons-windows-store-apps.html#post496628

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On my Surface 3 Pro, in Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 (tech preview), my taskbar icons are blank for any Windows Store apps. The icons are normal for other apps (like MS Office, Explorer, etc...).

I am betting it has something to do with a group policy. But I can't find anyone else out there with this problem. I've reimaged the device, upgraded from 8 -> 8.1 -> 10. Nothing has changed.
When I first got the Surface - it all worked great. I could see the icons fine. As soon as I joined the device to our corporate domain, that is when the problem started happening. I have tried connecting to the internet from home (thinking it was a network/firewall issue at work) but that did not solve it.

See the attached screenshot (it's a screenshot of Windows 10 - but the same thing was happening in Windows 8 and 8.1). It does this for any of the "apps".

Any ideas what group policies might affect this? Any other ideas?


A:Blank Taskbar Icons for Windows Store Apps

Hi Dan,
Welcome to the forums, try this:Notification Area Icons - Reset - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I have searched far and wide over google, But I cannot find the solution to this issue. I even opened the help document for windows and even it tells me to go to Taskbar and Navigation to show metro apps on the taskbar. Well this is what it looks like for me:

Apparently there's supposed to be a checkbox that reads "Show store apps on taskbar" but that isn't there! I have a version of Windows 8.1 that doesn't have this option. Any help? I really liked this feature. This worked for me until I installed a fresh installation of Windows 8.1.

A:Option to show metro apps in taskbar missing

Hello Enitoni, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Did you install the Windows 8.1 Update yet?

That option is only available after the Windows 8.1 Update has been installed via Windows Update.

Taskbar - Hide or Show Store Apps in Windows 8.1 Update

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Got a weird bug that's just happened:

This happened after I uninstalled all my metro apps this morning, rebooted then reinstalled them. Chrome also updated in the meantime.

They're the only icons that are broke so clearly something has happened between now and then to stop icons displaying properly for new programs.

Is it worth rebuilding icon cache? Not sure the icons for metro are the same as filetype icons in Explorer though.

A:Some App icons in Metro All Apps screen missing

I tried deleting the icon cache file file but it didn't fix it.
I also tried installing a new software and it too did not get an icon created in the menu.
However, if I pin it to start menu the app's icon works there.

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Hi there

Metro apps CAN be pinned to the desktop or added to a cascading menu via a custom toolbar so it's only a question of finding out what the executable is. You can mix these with standard apps too.

This method works and DOESN'T NEED any 3rd party apps or Registry hacks !!!!!

(Tested on Windows 8.1 -- can't say though on Windows 8 but in theory should work).

From CMD Mode run this command :

explorer shell:Appsfolder

Then from the Window press F10 or choose View ==>choose details and click the 3 boxes Name, Long Display name, AppuserModelID

now choose display DETAILS in the file explorer and you'll see the extra columns including the APPuserModelID
From this point it's now easy -- you simply right mouse click on your desktop and create shortcut =>new

type in the script - for example the Sports application

explorer shell:Appsfolder\Microsoft.BingSports_8wekyb3d8bbwe!AppexSports

This will appear on your desktop -- I need to sort out sensible icons for these but it works !! -- excuse the Printer icon but I'm just testing

The idea is to add these to my custom toolbar - so I can also CASCADE these at will.

Read first my post on creating a custom toolbar with your own standard apps (you can save these in a file so you can re-use if you re-install / get a new system).

Creating Usable Pgm toolbar WITH sub menus
Now if you want top get these into a custom decent toolbar do the following.

Watch typing errors - however if you browse into your ... Read more

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I like the Windows 7 task bar the way it is. I want to have only large icons instead of a long tail of icons and text. So I don't need to unmix all the icons. But I run both Firefox and Aurora. For those who don't know, Aurora is the night build of the same Firefox. Windows, somehow detects them as the same thing, which they're not, and stacks the icons. Now I use the two browsers for different purposes and I would like to tell Windows 7 task bar: Aurora is something different, like Opera or Chrome and I would like it displayed as such. Could you help?

A:How to unmix the taskbar icons for symilar apps?

i dont use aurora so bare with me, are the taskbar icons for ff and aurora both the same,if so is it possible to change the icon for aurora, in the properties panel.

edit; on reflection this wont actually address the stacking problem.

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The apps don't recognize that I have a wireless internet connection. When I go to desktop, I can use the internet. Also, printer does not work in apps at all, and only sometimes from desktop (also connected by wireless).

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alright, I've started to browse around for good or great Windows 8 apps. I thought maybe a thread for people to post apps they enjoy would help make discovery easier for people. Whatever complaints you guys have, this is not the thread for that. This thread is to help people find apps.

stuff I like:

I like the TuneIn app (even though it's really really slow at starting the stream) and the iHeartRadio app. tunein is various radio stations whereas iHeartRadio is ClearChannel radio stations.
Netflix is nice.
pradio for Pandora stuff.
Youtube+ is great (though it does have some flaws).
I just discovered PrimeTube which seems to be a great youtube app as well.
the Tom and Jerry app is great.
VideoSnacker is pretty good.
I like GiantBomb (video gaming).

the ESPN and SportsIllustrated apps are great (especially the ESPN one with a great notifications system).

I love Perfect365. a great easy to use photo editing app. definitely a nice companion to Photoshop.
Skitch is easy to use and a lot of fun.
Picazoid too.
pictro is a good one.

i like skyscanner and flightaware.

the Yahoo app is good.
check out News Bento! very customizable and easy to add your favorite RSS feeds.
MetroTwit is a pretty slick Twitter app.
Wikipedia is awesome (much better than the browser version except for formatting of some tables).
the amazon app is nice.

if you like an app, please share. I'd love to add new apps. would also hel... Read more

A:Windows 8 apps (Metro)

Here is my list of must have Metro apps:

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I am trying out Emsisoft Internet Security 9 as I have a license key. I have about 15 apps installed from the Windows 8 store, but none of them will update or refresh, I just keep getting error messages. I looked in Emsisoft's settings under 'application rules' and rules like:

C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\104RobertNjane.TheGuardian_1.0.0.0_neutral__zxkacctavt2ag\AppStudio.exe

Has custom rules created by Emsisoft, I have to manually change the settings for behavior blocker and firewall to allow all. I have also tried to install the latest Windows 8.1 updates, I left the laptop and returned to find all had failed, turning off Emsisoft the updates were successful. I am really confused at why Emsisoft would block native Windows features, even built in Apps i.e., calendar and news & weather are blocked. Is this normal, Kaspersky, even with Trusted Applications Mode enabled never blocked Windows updates/Apps?


A:Emsisoft & Windows 8 Metro Apps

Tony Cole said:

I am trying out Emsisoft Internet Security 9 as I have a license key. I have about 15 apps installed from the Windows 8 store, but none of them will update or refresh, I just keep getting error messages. I looked in Emsisoft's settings under 'application rules' and rules like:

C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\104RobertNjane.TheGuardian_1.0.0.0_neutral__zxkacctavt2ag\AppStudio.exe

Has custom rules created by Emsisoft, I have to manually change the settings for behavior blocker and firewall to allow all. I have also tried to install the latest Windows 8.1 updates, I left the laptop and returned to find all had failed, turning off Emsisoft the updates were successful. I am really confused at why Emsisoft would block native Windows features, even built in Apps i.e., calendar and news & weather are blocked. Is this normal, Kaspersky, even with Trusted Applications Mode enabled never blocked Windows updates/Apps?

Tony.Click to expand...

Do you have Beta Updates enabled?

What settings are you using for Firewall rules creation for newly installed apps?

Just a suggestion...

No matter which settings you are using, the best way to get this issue resolved is to post it on the Emsisoft Support forum (not via e-mail Technical Support ticket).

It is extremely likely that a senior Emsi Staff member will address your post directly...as they will want to know more about this issue.

I can assure you that Emsi is not delibe... Read more

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I have a small remote office (they do not have an onsite IT) that received their first Windows 8 laptop but they can not access the metro apps with their domain account but can access them with a local account they created.
The same GPO settings are being applied to other users at other locations and it works for them.
I searched the web and found several things for them to try and none of them have worked.
Here is what I have tried:
1. Make sure your computer is updated.
2. Make sure UAC is turned on.

3. If you are using skydrive users say you need to have your Microsoft profile filled out completely or apps stop working after installing skydrive.

4. check dcom settings.
a. go to the start screen (from the desktop click the windows start key)
b. type comexp.msc
c. click Component Services, click Computers, and then click My Computer
d. right-click My Computer, click Properties
e. click Default Properties tab. Make sure Enable Distributed COM on this computer is checked.
f. click COM Security tab. Click Edit Limits under Access Permissions. Make sure All Application Packages has Local Access Checked
g. on the COM Security tab click Edit Limits under the Launch and Activation Permissions section. Make sure All Application Packages has Local Launch and Local Activation permissions.

5. try running the Apps Troubleshooter. You should be able to find it in your c:\ folder. It is called AppsDiagnostic.diagcab

6. checked the "All Application ... Read more

A:Windows 8 metro apps do not work

This is the sort of issue that makes IT departments go absolutely crazy, and why most avoid new versions of Windows until the first Service Pack appears.

Since its such a mind-boggling oversight on Microsoft's part, I thought I'd take a look around, and see what fellow sufferer's of the issue had come up with. You've already covered quite a few of the strategies, but here are a couple more that some users have come up with.

Enable the Windows Update Service
It appears that the Windows Store and possibly other Metro apps rely on a network component of the Windows Update Service. For some users, enabling this service fixes the trouble with Metro apps not opening. For domain accounts, to make the fix stick, the policy would probably have to be altered to allow the service to run (as it is commonly disabled).

Clear the store cache
a) Press "Windows key + R"
b) Type " wsreset.exe" and click OK

Proxy issues:
---1--- A windows internal HTTP service might not be using the proxy settings defined in IE. Running the following command changes the service to use the IE proxy settings. For some users, this has then enabled the Windows Store to work.

Open a command prompt with 'Run as Administrator' and type:
import proxy source=ie
Now go back to the store and try it and see if that fixed your issue.

---2---Or: Disable Proxy connection if enabled
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After upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 Metro apps won't open anymore. Opening the app will show the splash screen and then exit to the desktop with the icon still present in the task bar. Task Manager does not show the app as running. I have an HP Envy 20 running Windows 8.1 and AVG. Been researching this for the past 2 days

Thing that I have tried while researching this problem on the internet include:

1. In Administrative Powershell console entered: Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register Env:SystemRoot ImmersiveControlPanelAppxManifest.xml

2. Checked and insured proper Screen Resolution. Insured resolution was above 1024 x by something (1650 x 1050) currently at CMD 1600 x 900.

3. Downloaded and ran the Modern UI App troubleshooter and checked for issues.

4. Clean Booted

5. CMD in Admin mode (sfc /scannow - No problems detected)

6. All drivers are up to date including video drivers.

The Metro Style Microsoft apps still crash. The third party apps still run without problem, as is the Windows Store app. In Windows 8 I never had any problem running any app. Right now it's not a big deal since I have other ways to accomplish, for instance, email. It's just really aggravating.

Any suggestion how to solve this?


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I recently installed windows 8.1 and now none of the default and apps that I installed don't work, I have tried to refresh but even the pc settings doesn't open, I really want to avoid deleting all my stuff so if someone has a solution that would be great

if you need any more information reply to this thread and I can post more information as it is needed


Here is a picture of my start menu to help you understand what im getting at and the apps are messed up

In the All apps view the apps look like "ms-resource:BingSeach" and stuff like that

Thanks Again

A:Windows 8.1 and Metro Apps Issue

Hello Colin, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You might see if going through the troubleshooting steps in the tutorial below may be able to help.

Apps and Tiles Not Working or Responding: Fix in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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I accidentally uninstalled my windows 8 default apps, and I'm redownloading them now, but they won't download! It just sits there and doesn't move (Download progress). Help me, because I really need those apps! I'm new to this os, but it won't let me!

A:Windows 8 Metro apps will not download

First I'm curious how you uninstalled ALL the Start Screen apps - or do you just mean 'unpinned'? It's not like you can press one button and they all uninstall at once. Did you lose the Microsoft Store as well?

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I've had to buy a new laptop, unfortunately it came with Windows 8, now don't get me wrong, I'm not one of those who resist all change, but I'm having a serious problem...

Windows 8 assumes that everyone has a decent internet connection, and everything, but EVERYTHING in Metro does everything by downloading and is interactive with the internet.

I live in rural Ireland, and as far as the internet goes, we are barely out of 1985 internet speeds. This means that Metro Apps are intensely frustrating, I've so far spent hours waiting for the simplest things to load.

My main grievance is that ALL games, books etc are interactive, there is absolutely NO WAY I can use, for example the "Solitaire Collection", which appears to be one of the simpler Apps. Every time I open an App, I just get the screen filled with the same icon/colour as the App icon, and then it stays like that for hours. I'm presuming something is supposed to happen other than that.

I tried downloading and running the classic solitaire games, but those won't run under Windows 8, even using Compatibility, they all complain that Vista.Emulation.dll is missing, I put that in, it won't register, and they still don't work.

Is there any known workaround for this? I need games as executables not as Apps. I'd be perfectly happy with the standard game that came with Windows 7!


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A:Windows 8, Metro, Apps and Games

You can get the Windows 7 games fr Windows 8, see here: Windows 7 Game Pack on Windows 8

Also, if you install Classic Shell (free) or Start8 ($4.99) then you can have the Start button as it was in Windows 7 and boot directly to the Desktop. You can still play with Metro stuff but it's not forced on you.

Windows 7 Gadgets are also available if you want them: 8GadgetPack - Gadgets for Windows 8

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Morning Everyone, don't you just hate working all-night and doing nothing!

My mate has just started to use avast! and has hardened mode enabled, he has loads of metro apps, but avast! keeps blocking them when launched. I know you just click to add them to exclusions, but is there any way to configure avast! to allow them by default i.e., like Kaspersky?


A:Avast! & Windows Metro Apps

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Mod: please delete this reply. thanks

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After my Windows 8.1 Upgrade, my store and other apps worked fine for a while. After that, all of a sudden, all the apps stopped working, with a 'x' sign on the bottom right of each tile. All apps stopped working, if I click on them, a grey screen appears, and I can see the app in the left side background apps bar, but if I click on it again, it shows a grey screen and the loop continues. I am not even able to open PC Settings, although the 'Store' works fine. Everything desktop related also works fine without a glitch.

Things I've tried:

Windows Apps Troubleshooter, which said that "Some Apps might not have access to required resources" under "Issues Found" tab
Running it in safe mode; the apps do not even work in the Safe Mode
Creating a new user

Running sfc/scannow which returned with no errors

Running from admin command prompt:-

Powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $Env:SystemRoot\WinStore\AppxManifest.xml
Running from admin PowerShell:
((Get-ChildItem "HKLM:SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\AppxAllUserStore\InboxApplications") | Get-ItemProperty).Path | Add-AppxPackage -Register -DisableDevelopmentMode

When I run the CMD command, the error comes:-

Add-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CF9, Install failed.
Please contact your software vendor. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80073CF9)
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A:Windows 8.1 Metro Apps Not Working...

Hello Ekansh,

Here's a list of troubleshooting steps that will hopefully help with this.

Apps and Tiles Not Working or Responding: Fix in Windows 8

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I have a client running windows 8.1 on a dell laptop, with touch. This started about 2 weeks ago. When she tries to open any of the apps you see a flash and nothing opens. This is for all apps including the store.
When she reboots the machine, the apps open. This is a random thing and sometimes this works and sometimes she has to shut down the laptop to get it to work. I did a sfc/scannow- showed noting, and did the microsoft refresh apps fixit and it worked for a while then started happening again. Other than trying to make a new account which is a royal pain in the butt because her only email address is her live account (this would mean i would need to set up another live account) I do not know if this would even fix it. and i do not want to reinstall windows, it did not come with a windows disk.
Any suggestions to try?

A:Metro apps will not open on windows 8.1

Hello Robin,

You might see if any of the listed items in the tutorial below may be able to help.

Apps and Tiles Not Working or Responding: Fix in Windows 8

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I have a Windows RT tablet so all my apps are pretty much in the metro/modern UI.

Is there a way to quickly close all open apps? Right now I have to swipe down on each app. I was hoping there was a faster way.

A:Close all open metro windows/apps

Hello orlandotek,

If you like, you could use OPTION THREE in the tutorial below to close all modern apps at once by deleting the app switching history.

Apps - Close in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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I have the Citrix Receiver metro store app and need it to allow connections to HTTP stores (default only allows https)

On the regular application it's a simple registry change. On Metro it's in the configuration file located in C:/Program files\WindowsApps\(Citrix receiver folder)

The problem is, even when i place the WindowsApps folder under my user name control and provide full control to all subfolders and items I still get an access denied when i make any modifications to any items under WindowsApps. I can delete the folders, I can add folders, but i cannot overwrite items or add items because the folders and items show up as "read only" and stays locked at read only even when i remove the read only attribute.

How can i allow for modifications to windows store apps?

*The reason why I am pushing for this is because of 8.1's Assigned Access mode for Windows 8 pro that allows me to only allow users access to a single windows STORE app*

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Very strange behavior, would like to know how I can fix it.

When I click any Metro application, either on Metro screen or Search > Apps, all I get is Windows Store. This started a few days ago, seemingly by itself (nothing new installed, no new updates, nothing). This very effectively makes all Metro application unusable.

Sfc /scannow finds no faults.

See the video; I'm trying to launch various Metro apps both from Metro desktop or Search > Apps. No matter what application I click, it does not start but instead opens Windows Store. At 00:06 on video you can see how when clicking alarm, the splash screen of Alarm flashes fast but goes then away and Windows Store opens.


P.S. If (when?) this will be resolved, I still would like to fix this small annoyance...

A:All Metro Apps open Windows Store instead of app itself?

Have a look Here Kari.

A Guy

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Windows 8.1 Metro screen - how only show recent apps and not aall by Category.
If I click the up arrow at bottom I see just the 8 apps or so I would ike to see
But then when I go back into Metro it shows all


Thanks in advance


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Help! I wanted to check the news with the bing app in the metro, but the background is COMPLETELY BLACK! I can barely see the grey letters. Apparently It goes white if my mouse is over the background (the color). This affects the Calendar, Mail, News, People, Maps, Sports, Weather, Messaging, Store, SkyDrive, and ALL the other Apps in the Metro menu. They all glitch a lot with random black squares everywhere (EVEN THE LOADING CIRCLES HAVE LITTLE SQUARES). Please help me, it is really annoying and unappealing.

Here are my System Specs:
Windows 8 64 bit
Intel i7 3630QM @ 2.4GHz
Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M with latest driver (314.07)

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I'm new to this forum but when my computer started glitching everytime I opened the Windows Store or any other metro apps, I immediately found this forum.
I have already followed most the steps on this tutorial, running the troubleshooter many times and restarting after each time.

Here is a screenshot of what happens everytime.
I don't know if its clear, but essentially this weird thing happens where it doesn't load, and right off the start the splash icon, if you will, and its little circle loading animation all shift to the top left of the screen, just forever.
My Windows 8 is completely genuine so that's not the problem; when I first bought the computer, it came with Win 8 and the store worked fine. All of a sudden, the Skype app would load but be blank, and all the apps started doing this. I don't know what happened that caused this all.

I would appreciate any help to solve this problem, it seems this is a rather unique problem, at least I couldn't find anything that was quite the same.


EDIT: The screen shot was taken, uploaded to paint, and cropped to fit better, so the resolution shown in the picutre caption is not my computer resolution. My native computer resolution is 1366X768.

A:Windows 8 both Store and all Metro Apps are Bugged

The other method to fix this type of problem is in the link below.

Accessing internet

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I just installed Windows 8 Dev 32-bit on an old Asus N10Jseries netbookwith a Atom N70 processor and 2 GB of memory. It runs the Metro UI even at 1024 x 600 resolution. However the Metro UI buttons for Metro apps do not work at all.

The only buttons that work are for normal Windows applications and Windows Explorer and Desktop. The Control Panel button leads off to some more Metro UI and loads that part fine. However all the neat little apps like Store, News, Socialite, Stocks, Weather, [email protected], etc. etc. don't load anything at all when I click them.

What am I doing wrong here? Is it that I'm simply using old hardware or that I have to do something more to enable the apps or something? I'm using the 32-bit version on this old netbook so I'm wondering if the apps don't work on that. I know I might be jumping the gun and this might be a specific scenario but is anyone else not having any of their Metro UI apps being able to launch like me?

Also if this is the wrong place for this thread please move it.

A:Windows 8 Metro UI apps do not work on my old netbook

Oh nevermind. Metro apps won't work on anything lower than 1024 x 768. So yeah be wary if you want to test this out on an old netbook. Problem solved I guess unless anyone has a workaround for this. I might try an external monitor to try this out.

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Hello all

I have been doing so research lately into system imaging and deploying said image across multiple devices.

I want to image Surface Pro 3s (about 40 of them) with several dozen apps from the app store. My understanding is that if I want to use an image across multiple devices I have to use sysprep to generalize the image. The problem is any app off the app store is account specific and cannot be generalize. If you try to sysprep with apps installed you will get a Fetal Error, and you cant install apps from the store while in audit mode either.

Are there any options available to me, or will this have to be done manually?

A:Creating a windows 8.1 image containing metro apps

Hi Red Tangent, welcome to the Eight Forums.

Installing Modern Apps to your Windows Image in Audit Mode can be done using DISM. There are two slightly different methods to do this depending on whether you are installing corporate intern apps not submitted to Windows Store or already published apps which are submitted to Windows Store.

To install corporate intern Line-Of-Business apps in Audit Mode using DISM ("sideloading" apps), see this Microsoft TechNet support article: Sideload Apps with DISM

To install signed apps submitted to Windows Store using DISM, see this TechNet article: Preinstall Apps Using DISM

Notice please that as Modern apps do not run in Audit Mode you cannot test them after installing them using either of the above methods. I recommend you image your reference Windows 8 / 8.1 as soon as you have entered Audit Mode, test installing your apps, run Sysprep and capture the image restoring it to a test computer to see everything works. If not you can restore the initial image, be back in Audit Mode in a few minutes and try again. See this tutorial at our sister site on how to create a system image in Audit Mode: New Installation: How to Create a General System Image in Audit Mode - Windows 7 Help Forums (tutorial is for Windows 7 but the procedure is the same in 8 / 8.1). In this case however you have to set the the Sysprep options told in tutorial Step 3 to System Cleanup Action: Enter Audit Mode and Shutdown Options: Quit.


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Hello there, I'm new to this forum and I don't really know if I have posted in the correct section since there are too many threads to check, so I posted here. Apologies in advance for that!

Anyway, as the title says, after I've updated my Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, my Metro Apps won't work anymore. I tried lots of fixes I found on the Net, troubleshooting them, opening the command prompt, sfc/scannow, changing the resolution, going on safe mode and so on (I couldn't really remember what I did). I managed to fix the Store Apps but it's not 100% fixed since I can't download new apps from the store. Oh I also managed to fix Settings although it's not an App but I had trouble trying to open the settings a while ago.

I've tried some of the steps from here --> Apps and Tiles Not Working or Responding: Fix in Windows 8 I couldn't try the rest of the steps since I'm afraid it would cause harm to my laptop since I'm not a professional. I want to try refreshing the PC, but I have lots of softwares and online games that I've installed here and I don't want to reinstall everything again. I would like to try this method --> Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image but I'm not sure how reliable it is for keeping what I've installed.

Please help and give reliable suggestions that little ol' me can work with! Thanks in advance!

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So far I haven't seen any Windows 8 apps that make sense for a 24-inch monitor. Of course there aren't very many available yet so the question might be better stated as "What Windows 8 apps imagined for tablet or smaller screens would be useful on a 24-inch monitor?" Of course you can run all of them on such a large screen but I've looked at weather and news and find them to be a terrible waste of space. It would seem like running them in a smaller window of your choice (like BlueStac) would make more sense.

A:What Windows 8 [Metro] Apps might be useful on a 24-inch monitor?

I am developing applications that maximizes content per screen, it also won the 2012 International Windows 8 Hackathon, so Microsoft approves!

In the future I might add another grid for the right, so I can space things out a little and add more content.

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Hi everyone,
Can you give me a list of METRO apps that are built in for Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1 64-bit?


A:Built In Metro Apps for Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1 64-bit

Think there are a few more, but these are the main ones

Built-in apps - Microsoft Windows

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i have just started installing some apps on windows 8 pro and they download fine. When i go to launch them they just crash out within a second. I am running 1920x1080p so res shouldnt be a problem

any ideas

A:Windows 8 metro apps wont launch

I have the same issue.

1. Fresh load on WIN 8 Pro, Metro/Modern apps like News, Mail, Financial, Photos, etc worked for about a day or so, then they won't open. Checked screen resolutoin, UAC, and I am not using any AV outside of Win Defender and Win Firewall.

2.Reloaded, complete reinstall of Win 8 Pro, same results, apps worked about a day or so then the regular Metro/Modern apps won't open.

3. Called MS Support and they suggested a WIN 8 Refresh. Did that (it took quite a while) and no change, same apps won't open.

MS has a problem that seems to be affecting a lot of folks, just not everyone is seems. They make us start with the Metro start page, you would think they would have gotten at least that right for everyone. Anyway, I supposedly will get a call from a level 2 support person tonight, but I am more apt I think to get the solution in Eight Forums someday.

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OK, i'd like to make it clear that i'm using the so-called "real" Administrator account that is hidden but can be activated, not a regular account with admin privelidges. At first i was trying to figure out if Metro apps can be used by this account, and it appeared that they cant, but managed to find a trick to enable it. i did it by making sure UAC is on, making sure that FilterAdministratorToken is set to a value of 1 in the Registry, and by enabling "User Account Control: Admin approval mode for the built-in Administrator account" (secpol.msc [Local Security Policy]> Local Policies> Security Options).

So i did a bit more research and toying around, only to discover that although i might have found a workaround for running most Metro apps in general, i discovered that syncing, d/l'ing of apps from the Windows Store, etc is not possible unless you're using a Microsoft account.Please note that any other account with admin privelidges can use the apps without a hitch, as well as any Standard account. So it clearly is not a limitation of just having an admin account, alone.

Also, the built-in Admin is the only kind of account that cant be converted from a local account to a MS Account, all other accounts with admin privelidges can do so. If you look in the Control Panel and try to make changes to the account, you will find that the option isnt available, whereas with other accounts it is. This brings about the issue of not being able to sync or d/l... Read more

A:Use Metro Apps As Admin AND Be Able To Sync, d/l Store apps, etc???

Hello Stephen, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Setting that security policy below to be enabled will basically just turn the built-in elevated "Administrator" account into an unelevated administator account that requires UAC approval to open or run anything that requires elevated rights to do so.

This would be why you are able to open the Store afterwards, but you would still need to sign into the Store with any Microsoft account to be able to install any "Metro" Store apps.
Windows Store - Sign in with Different Microsoft Account in Windows 8

You still will not be able to switch the built-in "Administrator" to be a Microsoft account. It can only remain as a local account.

Hope this helps,

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i have been noticing strange gray bars on my windows metro apps such as video,camera.it' sometime on the middle of the upper half,sometime on middle if the lower half(only for metro apps,other parallely running apps work fine without any grey bars,the problem reappears on switching to the metro app).i heard that if your graphics card is faulty the problem wont appear on hdmi connected tv.well i dont know whether it is correct or not but the problem appears on the HDTV also.my alptop is Dell inspiron 15Z 5523 ultrabook bought it in november 2012.thanks in advance for helping
i tried to take a screnshot but the gray bars dont appear in the screenshot

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Hi there! New to the forums! Been here many times before, but never opened an account until now.

Anyway, I have some issues with the metro apps in Win 10. They don't open, and have unusual names. This actually started a couple days ago when my taskbar and start menu wouldn't open. While browsing the web for help, I saw somebody with the exact same issue get told to enter a powershell command and he replied saying it fixed it. The command in particular was:
Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
Long story short, It did anything but fix it, and gave it messed up names. I can click and click, but nothing shows up, even for a split second. I've tried to open an app from the .exe inside System32.

Any solution I've crossed, has not worked. Any help appreciated, but fresh install is off the table by all means.


A:Windows 10 Pro Metro Apps don't Open/Have Unusual Names

Hello Eddy, and welcome to Ten Forums.

This means that your built-in apps included with Windows are broken. You can do a repair install to fix them though.

Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade

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I volunteer to help maintain a set of computers for members of the local senior center. We have a small lab running mostly Windows 7, one station is running Linux, one is a Mac and the last runs Windows 8.1 with a touch screen.

Yesterday we got a new computer donation and we uninstalled the Windows 8.1 and moved it to the new computer.

It behaves differently and I don't know what happened.

These computers all run Windows with Guest account enabled and the visitors use that account.

Previously, the Windows 8.1 computer had a variety of metro apps on the guest start screen, but after the uninstall/re-install, now the Guest start screen is very minimal with only the most basic things on the Start screen and no Metro apps to speak of (just the Store, IE, File explorer and desktop, if I recall correctly).

That previous installation was originally running Windows 8.0 for a while before we upgraded to 8.1 Update. We had a few of the basic metro apps in guest mode, like Bing, Camera, News, Finance, etc.

This time we immediately ran the update to 8.1 and 8.1 Update and never started up the guest mode until all the updates we made.

It seems that the Guest account behavior has changed quite a bit and we can no longer demo any of the apps in Guest mode.

Moreover, it seems that we would need a Microsoft account for the guest just to be able to install any of the apps.

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Is metro apps built on the same technology as the windows phone apps? I heard Metro apps are built with html or something and is not the same technology as the windows phone apps but just wanted to make sure. If it's not that also seems like a bad idea as transitioning a windows phone app to a metro app might be annoying as they could be completely different platforms to develop for.

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any software out there that can record fluid video for Metro apps? I think Fraps only works with desktop software. Camtasia's performance is too slow for fast video.

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After having (hopefully) solved the idle-to-sleep issues of my clean installed Windows 8.1 OS, having installed and configured all the software I need, I felt almost ready and relieved to finally create a backup image of my system. However, I have just realised that most built-in Metro Apps have stopped working.

In detail, Weather, Maps, Mail, Skype, Calendar, Contact, Stocks (and probably few more) do not work, i.e., when I click-open them, there is the short animation in which the App symbol is magnified to full screen, and then immediately afterwards I am sent back to the Metro interface. However, the apps do still appear in the Metro Apps' taskbar on the left side of the screen. Re-Opening them from there leads gives the same result.

Very few apps work, like Skydrive, Photos and Store.

I can confirm that I neither had this issue with Windows 8 nor right after my Windows 8.1 installation, which is when I checked Metro apps for the last time.

I have no idea what settings in the meantime have caused this disruption, I can only say that I have not done any real work with the computer since the fresh install but merely installed and configured everything to my specifications.

Just for the sake of ruling out some possible causes, I can confirm that: I have no third-party firewall or antivirus programs installed; that I have no nvidia or ATI/AMD graphics card, just the Intel HD 4000 onboard graphics; and that I use the most recent drivers everywhere.

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A:Windows 8.1: Most Metro Apps crash immediately at launch

I have achieved SOME progress by establishing which apps are broken one by one and then uninstalling and reinstalling them.

I have got most apps to work at first but often they break again (crash at launch as before) or Windows reports that they need to be repaired (have had this with the Weather app a number of times). Another quirk is that often Windows store gave an error (0x80073cf9) while trying to install some apps (e.g. Health & Fitness). After retrying many times, I've been able to install all apps, but it does not feel to be a very stable state as things can break again unexpectedly.

To me, it all looks like new bugs introduced with Windows 8.1.

I suspected that the fact that I use one Microsoft Live/Skydrive account as my main account on two computers could be causing issues, although both have been updated to 8.1. Therefore, I disabled app syncing. However, this is nothing more than a workaround to a very basic feature that should be working fine. To give an example, think of the Apple app store - never encountered issues of this magnitude, neither on iOS nor Mac OS devices.

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Hello, i'm running Windows 8 Home Premium.
I'd like to increase my startup speeds, I already disabled as much as I can in Task Manager, msconfig, etc.
In the Task Scheduler, it shows Metro Apps are taking CPU time at startup though. After much searching on the topic, I find very little about how to disable the Metro Apps from starting up. The main one I want to disable is "Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging". I do not want to uninstall them, I just do not want them to do anything until I open them. It takes over 2 minutes of CPU time at startup for that one Metro App to fully load, and most of the time I never use it.

I have tried going into the Permissions of the App, and I disabled all of its Permissions to run in background of lock screen and everything. Still, it loads in Task Manager and takes CPU time.

Is there any way to fix this?

A:Windows 8 Metro Apps Auto Startup? Need to disable.

I think Classic Shell for Windows 8 should help

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So I used obytile to make some shortcuts and that worked fine!

That is until I upgraded to Windows 8.1 and they where all gone!
Seeing as I have only 4 rows I used the smaller tile size(1/4 regular)

Now is their anyway to make some smaller sized tiles on 8.1?

obytile does not make smaller sized tiles!
Also I tried obytile with Windows 8.1 and the tiles don't come up!
Even searching for them does not get results
Any ideas?

This would be something great for someone to consider making if it is not done already.

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Today i just found out the some of the Windows metro apps are not working and when i try to start them up and it immediately closes and goes back to the start sceen.
And each time i reboot my Windows 8 tablet in the desktop opening up Firefox it keeps asking me to choose Firefox as your default browser and i keep saying yes but it keeps happening.
I think i have a virus on my Windows 8 tablet but my Anti Virus(Avast, Avira) did not find any viruses.

How do i fix this and the Firefox default browser thing???

A:Windows metro apps not working and Virus/Firefox!! HELP!

Hello BillyTech95,

You probably has viruses in your PC and they prevent you to start metro apps and changes firefox to become your default browser.

Downloads Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free and run a threat scan and deletes everything it found:

If the problem still persists, downloads AdwCeaner and run a scan:

Run a scan with SUPERAntiSpyware if AdwCleaner and MBAM doesn't solve your problem:

If your problem still persists, I would recommend you to reset your Windows 8 PC.
Reset Windows 8


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Hi all, hoping somebody can help with this issue.

My girlfriends Windows 8.1 laptop has developed a problem which I cannot seem to solve, despite finding it is quite a common Windows 8.1 issue and having Google'd around, none of the solutions seem to work for me to sort this out.

The problem is, Windows 8.1 'Metro' apps won't open. Well, some do - like Store, Settings. But Mail, People, Skype, Weather, Music and many others do not - upon clicking on the tile for these apps, the app swishes forward then quickly disappears, showing the standard Windows desktop. There is then a blank placeholder for the app icon on the taskbar (where there would usually be an icon, the box is empty) Clicking on it does nothing.

I have tried everything. I've tried the Windows Update troubleshooter, I have tried SFC /ScanNow, I have tried disabling AVG, I have tried DISM.EXE with the cleanup image and restore health switches. I have also tried the apps diagnostic troubleshooter from Microsoft (which also is linked to in this message board) - most of these report some form of corruption, and some say they have fixed it, but nothing changes. The Metro apps will still just not open.

Short of wiping and reinstalling Windows, what else can I investigate here??


A:Windows Metro/Store apps are corrupted and won't open

Acorrupted Store cache is one of the more likely candidates, forinstance, but fortunately Microsoft has provided a tool to help.Press Win+R, type wsreset and press Enter, and the Store cache willbe cleaned for you.

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In researching another problem, I discovered that on one computer (haven't checked others) we have several apps installed.

Farmville 2
Candy Crush Soda
Asphalt 8

All were installed on Aug 13.

I use IOBit Uninstaller and do not have them listed as installed. When reviewing Apps & Features under Settings > System, I see that these are installed on that Aug 13. Yet, the last Windows Update was August 10. Not good.

I realize now that they are part of the Play and Explore section of Windows Metro apps. Ugh!

I can uninstall each of them one by one by right clicking on them and selecting uninstall - on all but one...

"XBOX - Age of Empires" - it does NOT have an uninstall option.

Any other options for uninstalling it?

How does one stop this auto loading of MS Metro apps in Win 10? Need to know for both standard and Pro Win 10, if different.

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