What to Do if You Can’t Run Application in Windows

  • Run application in compatibility mode and Enable Compatibility mode on windows computer and make sure you are logged in as administrator and having enough permissions to install application and run sfc scannow.
  • if you are trying to install any third party application which is not from Microsoft or any trusted source then windows will prompt you with this message you cant run this application in windows and you need to enable permissions to install applications from third party source in privacy and security settings.

If you can’t run an application in windows that means you are dealing with software you have just installed or software that has been recently installed and operating for a quite time but won’t run now or this app cant run on your pc windows 10 or if you are not having enough permissions to install software or application on windows computer and you need administrator privileges to install or run application in windows 10 or 11. Here is what you can do

What to Do if You Can’t Run Application in Windows

You Can’t Run Application in Windows

Check below list and methods to install if you are getting an error message You Can’t Run Application in Windows.

Check Application Compatibility

Make sure that application that you are trying to install on your windows 10 or 11 computer is compatible with the version of windows that you are installing and open compatibility mode and run this program in computability mode.

Application Shortcut

Make sure the shortcut is pointing to the current executable file. You can do this by following these simple instructions.

  • Right click the application Startup Icon
  • Select Properties
  • Check the target field and make sure it contains the name of the correct executable file

Software Expiration

The trend with software these days is that you pay money online then download the software from the internet. The software typically run for a year or so and then expires. If you have a program that suddenly stops working make sure you check to see that the software hasn’t expired. If it has you will need to visit the company website and renew your software.

Administrative Privileges

Some applications will not run unless you have administrative privileges on the computer you are running it on. This may not be apparent at first, you may be allowed to start the program and work with it a little and then all of sudden you it may stop while you are doing some tasks. It may be accompanied by an “access denied” error message. You must provide your account administrator rights or have your system administrator do it for you.


Some programs allow you to repair installation by running a special utility. They basically reinstall all of the critical files that are a part of your application.


Dynamic Link Libraries (DLLs) are common files that application share to provide familiar functionality. Things like the Save As, print, and Open File Dialog boxes are the work of DLL files. The problem with them is that they can be replaced with different version by a recent file install. This can make programs that are dependent upon them not work properly. Contact your software manufacture if you suspect DLL problem.


If everything we have suggested up to this point has failed you will probably have to reinstall the software’s.

Apart from the above sometimes compatibility versions 32 bit 64 bit windows plays a role check with system information.

Update Windows to Latest version

Go to Windows update and check for any latest version of windows is available and check for updates and update windows to latest version.

Fix This App Cant Run on Your PC Windows 11

Click on Application properties and select compatibility tab and run app in compatibility version and also make sure that you allow permissions to run apps on windows 11 or 10 by going to privacy and security.

This app can’t run on your pc command prompt

Open command prompt with administrator priviliges

Enter sfc /scannow and hit enter and wait for the scan to complete and once system file checker completes 100 percent then go ahead and restart windows computer.

Once you run SFC (system file checker) on windows computer then any damaged or corrupted files of windows will be fixed and replaced and your issue of you can run application on windows will be resolved.

This app can’t run on your pc to find a version check with the software publisher

Disable smart screen on windows computer and disable firewall or any antivirus software’s that you have installed and enable app sideload option in update and security -> For Developers -> Developer mode and Enable developer mode will also enable sideloading apps on windows computer.

windows 10 this app can’t run on your pc bypass

To bypass app cant run in windows 10 or 11 prompt error -> you need to run the app in compatable mode -> Open file executable file or app and select properties -> Compatible tab -> Click on Run compatable troulbeshooter and select run thisprogram in comptability mode -> select windows version in drop down.

This app can’t run on your pc windows 10 64 bit fix

Check for app version and download compatible app version which is supported on your windows 64 bit and run sfc scan now and run app in compatible mode and disable windows firewall and disable antivirus software’s and defender.

Swapna Reddy
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Swapna Reddy is a Tech Content Writer and has a Degree of MTech Completed in 2011 and has an experience of more than 8 years as tech content writer and she writes about methods and solutions to fixing daily experiencing issues and helps users to resolve issues with All Smart tv'z, Computers, iPhone, Android, Windows, Mac and Optimizing methods and other tech related articles with real time experiences and fixes.

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