Real Fixes: This app can't run on your PC in Windows 10

Brithny updated on Sep 07, 2020 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

Symptoms of "This app can't run on your PC" Error

The "This app can’t run on your PC" error message is one of the most notorious error messages to have ever affected Windows 10 users. This error message comes in all sorts of different forms and can affect a wide array of different apps ranging from default Windows applications to third-party software designed for the Windows Operating System. Usually, you may receive the following error messages:

this app cannot run on your pc error

  • This app can’t run on your PC access is denied. Creating a new administrator account should fix it.
  • This app can’t run on your PC game error.
  • This app can’t run on your PC Windows Store error.
  • This app can’t run on your PC batch file. Make sure that you’re running them in administrator mode. If the issue persists, follow the troubleshooting steps in this post to fix it.
  • This app can’t run on your PC Kaspersky, Bitdefender, Avast. Fix this problem is to uninstall and then reinstall the respective tools.
  • This app can’t run on your PC check with software publisher. Most users are already familiar with this error message. Actually, this alert affects them quite frequently.

Troubleshooting Steps to Fix "This app can’t run on your PC" Error in Windows 10

This post has real fixes to help you solve your problem. Follow the tried and true fixes now!

Fix 1. Download the Right Version of the Programs
Fix 2. Create a New Administrator Account
Fix 3. Enable APP Side-loading
Fix 4. Disable SmartScreen

Fix 1. Download the Right Version of the Programs 

One of the most commonly seen reasons for this error message is that you have downloaded the wrong program for your operating system. For example, you’re in Windows 32-bit, but you download a program for Windows 64-bit OS. Double-check the program you are to install and make sure that you have the correct setup files downloaded.

If most of your programs or applications are 64-bit based, you'd better upgrade Windows 10 from 32 bit to 64 bit without losing data. Before you upgrade to 64-bit, you must back up all of your important files with an effective file backup program. EaseUS Todo Backup allows all Windows users to back up their data under Windows 10/8/7 etc with simple clicks. It's easy to back up anything you need. 

Step 1. Open EaseUS Todo Backup and select "File" as the backup mode.

You may have a large amount of vital data to be protected as time goes on, such as documents, pictures, music, and videos, etc. It is always a good habit to have a backup on a regular basis. File Backup is one of the best choices for you to get over unexpected data loss.

click file backup to back up files

Step 2. Select the files that you want to back up.

select the file type to back up

Step 3. Select a destination to save your backup of the selected files.

You'd better create the backup file in some other storage media or in some other drive. If not, there may be a risk of the backup file getting corrupted or destroyed.

select the destination to save your backups

Advanced backup settings are useful when you want to create a flexible and automatic backup plan. 

information about advanced settings

The schedule is to create an automatic backup plan.

what is schedule backup

Backup options are to edit the advanced parameters. 

backup options

The Image-reserve strategy is to reserve the limited image as per image retention rule.

image-reserve strategy

Advanced backup settings are for reference only but not a prerequisite for backup.

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to execute your operation.

Fix 2. Create a New Administrator Account 

One of the first things you should try is to switch to your administrator account if you’re on a guest account. If you’re already on your administrator account and the problem persists, you need to create a new administrator account to fix this issue. 

Step 1. Type Settings in the start menu dialogue box and click on "Accounts".

Step 2. Click "Family and other users" options. Select "Add someone else to this PC". 

create a new user account to fix the error

Windows will guide you through its wizard on how to create a new account. When the new window comes forth, click "I don’t have this person’s sign-in information".

Step 3. Select the option "Add a user without Microsoft". Windows will now prompt you to make a new Microsoft account.

Enter all of the details and choose an easy password which you can remember.

Step 4. You should be able to see the new account just created. We need to Now navigate to "Settings" > "Accounts" > "Your info". Select the option "Sign in with a Microsoft Account instead".

sign in the new administrator account

Step 5. Enter your new username and password and click "Sign in".

If switching to a new administrator account solve your problem, you need to move your personal files and folders to this new account and use it from now on. 

Fix 3. Enable App Side-loading

Step 1. On your keyboard, press "Windows + I" at the same time. Then click "Update & security". 

Step 2. On the left side of the pane, click "For developers". Then click "Sideload apps" on the right side. 

enable sideload apps

Fix 4. Disable SmartScreen

SmartScreen is a built-in Windows 10 feature designed to protect you from phishing attacks and malware. According to the reports, this feature can sometimes cause “This app can’t run on your PC” error, so it might be best that we disable it. 

Step 1. On your keyboard, press "Windows + S" at the same time to evoke a search box. Type smart screen in the search box and click "App & browser control". 

search for smartscreen and open app and browser control

Step 2. Click the "Off" option under the Check apps and files category. 

disable the smartscreen to let the apps run on the pc

Step 3. You need to provide administrator approval to proceed. Click "Yes" at the User Account Control window to continue. 

Step 4. Try to reinstall the app you wanted to install now. See if the notification appears again. 

If it reappears, change your SmartScreen filter back to Warn status. This to a large extent prevents you from viruses or malware. 

Extra Fixes:

If the error still happens after you have tried one of the fixes above, you can still try the following solutions or ask us for help directly.

  • Update Windows Store
  • Disable Proxy or VPN
  • Repair your registry
  • Clear your browser cache
  • Download the application again using a different web browser
  • Perform a Windows 10 clean boot

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What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

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