There is quite a common issue for Windows 10 where users receive this app can’t run on your PC message. It appears as a pop up and it’s not clear what the problem with the application you are trying to run is. Why this app can’t run on your PC appears on your screen and what it means in every situation? Below we will cover fixes and solutions for this problem.
In spite of a common meaning, there are several solutions to this problem which covers an absolute majority of known cases.
If you are running the downloaded file, the first thing to try is to check is if the file is loaded correctly. The file may be corrupted or not completely downloaded. In this case “This app can’t run on your PC” will appear due to the file being broken or incomplete and Windows 10 simply can’t run broken files. The fix for this issue is simply to reload the file.
Check that application you are trying to run is supposed to be running on your computer. First of all if you are running 32 bit or 64 bit application and which Windows 10 version you have. If you are running 64 bit Windows, it will normally support 32 bit applications. Though the other is not true and if you are trying to start 64 bit application on 32 bit Windows, you are likely to have “This app can’t run on your PC” error and it means that the app is not compatible with this version. In order to fix it you just need to download the appropriate version of your application which is in line with your Windows 10 version.
Some applications require administrator rights, whereas most of the user account don’t have the required permissions. In this case “This app can’t run on your PC” means your account needs to be upgraded to have administrator permission rights or to run an application as an administrator.
In some case “This app can’t run on your PC” means that your application is considered as potentially dangerous by SmartScreen. SmartScreen is supposed to protect your computer from different malware or phishing. If you trust the publisher and you believe it’s a false alarm, you can disable it for a short time and after installation turn it on again.
“This app can’t run on your PC” may appear if you have downloaded your application from a different store to official Windows store. In this case it most likely means that the publisher is unknown and is not trustworthy. As in a previous case – if you believe you can trust the publisher and there is no harm to your computer you can “SideLoad the app”
Quite common situation when “This app can’t run on your PC” error appears on the screen could be fixed with “run as” command. For instance, if you want to install iTunes on your computer, you need to do this with “run as administrator” command. In order to do this follow the following instructions:
Perform a clean boost
After all, you may have something corrupt in your temporary area or in your current cache. In this case, a clean restart of the computer may help to fix this problem.