The Windows operating system may throw the error "This app can't run on your PC" when you try to run a program that is detected by the operating system as incompatible with that particular version of Windows.
The error message can have several causes, and the following guide is an attempt to provide you with information that you may use to analyze and correct the error.
Please note that you may not be able to run certain programs on certain versions or editions of Windows. The most basic example is the attempt to run a 64-bit program on a 32-bit version of Windows. There is no workaround for that obviously, other than trying to download a 32-bit version of the software and running it.
While "This app can't run on your PC" is probably the most common error message that users get when they run into the issue, Windows may display different error messages as well:
You may fix some of the app opening issues right away as it is quite clear why the error is displayed.
If you run a 32-bit version of Windows, you do get the error message when you try to run a 64-bit program.
Solution: Visit the developer website and download the 32-bit version (provided that it is available).
If you run a program that is designed for a particular version of Windows. A program designed for Windows 10 may not run on Windows XP and vice versa.
Solution: Try to find a compatible version. You may have to download an earlier version of a program if you try to run it on an older version of Windows. The most recent version of Google Chrome won't run under Windows XP anymore for instance no matter what you try.
You can also try and enable compatibility mode for the program. Right-click on its executable file and select properties. Switch to the Compatibility tab, enable compatibility mode on it, and set the target operating system to a different version of Windows.
If that does not work, you have one more option that you can explore: install a virtual machine software, e.g. VirtualBox, create a new Windows virtual machine image using ISO images that you can download from Microsoft, and run the program in the virtual environment instead.
If you get this error message, you get the solution to the error delivered with it immediately. Basically, what you need to do is enable the User Account Control feature on the Windows machine to start the application.
The restriction is not that strict anymore on recent versions of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. You can run Photos and other applications on machines running the Creators Update for instance even if the User Account Control is turned off.
Here is a list of generic solutions you may want to give a try to fix the "this app can't run on your PC" error.
If you search for the error online, you will come across sites that post a number of suggestions on how to resolve the issue. The following is a brief collection of suggestions that won't help, and may even be counterproductive.
Now You: Have other tips on how to resolve the error?
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