“This app can’t run on your PC” is a screen filter error that usually occurs to users of Windows 10 and 8. It prevents users from saving malicious programs, web pages, or websites. Sometimes, the filter may become too sensitive and prevent users from opening basic programs, which are supposed to be free from issues.
The error may also occur if the user account has not been configured properly. The error has also been reported on files with file extensions of .bat or .cmd.
Antivirus tools and other third-party apps downloaded directly from official websites of the developers may be affected by this error.
Some of the solutions to this error include:
Please see our in-depth walk-through solutions below.
Solution 1. Run as Administrator
“This app can’t run on your PC” may be due to your user account, which is not an administrator account. If you’re using a non-administrator account, please log off and switch to an administrator account. If the Administrator account is missing in the user list, see steps below. However, if you do not own the PC, please ask the owner an assistant.
Log in as Administrator
Optional: Edit user account to become an administrative account
Solution 2. Run as Administrator of some applications
If “This app can’t run on your PC” appears on files with file extensions of .bat or .cmd, you might need to run those applications as an Administrator. To run the application as an Administrator, right-click the file with extensions of .bat or .cmd and then select “Run as Administrator.”
If your user account is a guest account, you may need to input the username and password of the Administrator account.
Also, some file extension ending in file extensions .exe, may also need to Run as Administrator. The reason for this is, the .exe file might damage your Windows or hardware.
Solution 3. Check Windows System Type
“This app can’t run on your PC” may also be due to the incompatibility of the application being run in your Windows. Make sure to check your Windows version and system type, so you can determine if that application is compatible.
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Solution 4. Delete the Temporary Files
“This app can’t run on your PC” could also appear when a temporary file is causing the issue, which usually appears when you are reinstalling an application. The previous uninstalled application might have left a file or a temporary file in your system, which causes Windows to block your installation.
This is common with Microsoft Office and iTunes. To fix this issue, you may need to delete the remaining file, including the temporary files. To do this browse your PC and delete the folders and files that are related to your application and also check the steps below.
Delete the Temporary Files
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Window 7: Click ALT key + T key then select Folder Option and then enable Show hidden files, folder and drivers. Apply it and click OK.
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Solution 5. Download the Application again
“This app can’t run on your PC” may also be due to a corrupt download of the application. Downloading the file again might fix the issue. If the issue persists, try to use a different browser or download the application from its official website. If the source of the application is the Windows Store, make sure the Windows store is updated.
Solution 6. Upgrade your PC
If the application you are installing requires a certain hardware requirement and was not met, “This app can’t run on your PC” might appear. This error appears usually when installing heavy hardware application such as Adobe Photoshop, Sony Vegas, AutoCAD and some high-end games. Please see application system requirement before installing or running the application.
If your hardware meets the requirement of the application, you might have forgotten to install the graphics driver and some software requirements such as DirectX, Microsoft C++ redistributable, and Microsoft.Net Framework.
Solution 7. Do an Antivirus Full Scan
If “This app can’t run on your PC” appears on all applications, the PC might have a malicious software running in the background. To fix this, run an updated anti-virus. You could use Windows Defender, which is already installed in your Windows or any third-party anti-virus. Select a third-party antivirus in this link here.
After, scanning your PC run DISM command with sfc /scannow command to fix the damage inflicted by the malicious software. See instruction below or watch it here on YouTube.