Program Won't Open When I Click It, Here Is How to Fix🏆

A step-by-step guide to solving programs not opening on a Windows 10 PC.

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Windows 10 is one of the most user-friendly operating systems that has been designed. Over the years, many issues have been solved and newer technology has made functions work even smoother. However, Windows 10 users can still experience issues. The most common issue that people face when using Windows 10 is programs not opening when commanded to.

There are several reasons why a program may not open on a Windows 10 operating system. EaseUS will cover what causes these problems and how they can be solved with only a few steps on your Windows 10 device.

Here is the overview of the five effective solutions:

  1. 1. Repair Programs That Won't Open
  2. 2. Apply the Troubleshooter
  3. 3. Update Your App to the Newest Version
  4. 4. Check Windows Update Service
  5. 5. Check Your Windows Update

How to Fix "Program Won't Open" Error in Windows 10

🔖Quick Tip: Make sure you log in Windows 10 with your administrator account and run the program as administrator. Here is how to: right-click Windows icon and click "Search" > Type the program name in the Search box > Right-click the found program and select "Run as administrator".

If you are encountering issues with certain programs not opening on your Windows 10 device, do not stress. Programs can have trouble opening if a software update is needed or if there is a file that is corrupted. Try the following methods to fix this error.

1. Repair Programs That Won't Open

When a program is not opening, a high possible reason is it's startup file or some internal program file corrupted. In this case, you can apply a third-party program repair tool to fix and repair the program.

EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free, with its App Management feature, can relieve you from this stress and repair corrupted or unopened programs on your PC with a few simple clicks. This software is fully compatible with all Windows operating systems and you can apply it on any old and new Windows computers to fix not working or not opening programs.

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Step 1. Choose "App Management" from the left panel, and click "Start" to securely repair your damaged apps.

app management 1

Step 2. You can see all of apps installed on your PC, scroll down to select the targeted one you want to repair.

app management 2

Step 3. Click the downward triangle icon to choose "Repair".

repair app

Using EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free is simple and gives users a dependable application that can save and transfer programs with one easy click, allowing access to transfer files and fix programs. Its straightforward app management feature will repair any programs not running properly or have been damaged on your computer.

Alongside this, you can also use this software to transfer programs, files, and personal data, which can keep them secure and available to you when you change PCs. Don't forget to share this program repair software online to help more friends around you to fix their problematic programs on Windows computers:


2. Apply the Troubleshooter

Windows 10 includes a troubleshooting tool that can help understand exactly what the issue is with the program that won’t open. We will walk you through the steps to find the issue and how to solve it.

Step 1: On your Windows 10 computer, go to Start, open Settings, and then choose Update & Security, and from there, click on Troubleshoot. You will then need to select Additional Troubleshooter.

additional troubleshooter

Step 2: From there, you can scroll down the page to find the Windows Store Apps and then select Run the troubleshooter. The troubleshooter will scan your PC and repair any issues it finds.

run the troubleshooter

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3. Update Your App to the Newest Version

One way to make sure that the programs that you want to use on your PC work is to make sure that they are updated. Follow these simple steps that will ensure that your programs are always kept up to date with the latest versions:

Step 1: On your Windows 10 device, select Start and then choose Microsoft Store.

select the microsoft store

Step 2: In the Microsoft Store, select the Account Menu on the three dots that can be found in the upper right corner. From there, select Settings.

select settings in the account menu

Step 3: Under App updates, make sure that the On option is selected for Update apps automatically. This will ensure apps are continuously kept up to date.

turn on app updates

4. Check Windows Update Service

If apps are still not updating, it may be because your Windows update service is not running. There is an easy way to fix this, so simply follow these steps to find the solution:

Step 1: Go to the Start menu on your Windows 10 computer and select Settings.

select setting from the start

Step 2: From there, select Update & Security.

Step 3: Select Troubleshoot from the right-hand panel of options.

select troubleshoot

Step 4: Under the Troubleshoot page, select the option Windows Update (it may be under Additional troubleshooters) and click on Run the troubleshooter to find and fix any problems.

run the troubleshooter

5. Check Your Windows Update

Once the Troubleshooter has been run, the Windows update service should be repaired. If you are still encountering issues, it may be that Windows is not fully updated with the latest features. Follow these steps to make sure your version of Windows has the latest updates:

Step 1: Go to the Start menu on your Windows 10 computer and select Settings

Step 2: From there, select Update & Security.

select update and security

Step 3: Under Windows Update, click Check for updates to scan and update Windows to the latest version.

check for updates


Windows 10 is a user-friendly operating system that comes pre-installed with many computers. Although it is built with the latest technologies, there can still be features that encounter issues. We walked you through all the steps for possible ways to fix programs that will not open on your Windows 10 PC.

You can first run the program as an administrator, update the program driver, update the app to the latest version, and update the Windows system. Apart from these fixes, you can also apply a third-party program repair utility like EaseUS Todo PCTrans to repair the problematic program with its App Management feature.

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About the Author

Updated by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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