How To Fix Windows 8 Apps Not Launching

Many people trying out the Windows 8 Developer Preview are noting that they cannot open some of the Metro style full-screen immersive apps when clicking on that app's tile in the start screen. This comes from having a screen resolution set below the minimum 1024x768 for Windows 8.

Tech writer Ed Bott notes:

In every case I've seen so far, the cause of this problem is a screen resolution that is set below the minimum screen resolution for Windows 8: 1024×768. This appears to be especially likely to happen if you're running in a windowed virtual machine or on a netbook with limited graphics hardware.

The real issue is the lack of an error message, which I suspect will be added in the next public release. Meanwhile, the fix is to bump up the resolution to a minimum of 1024 wide and 768 high. As soon as you do that, those apps should start working properly. On some graphics hardware, you might be able to adjust the resolution to a value beyond the native resolution of the device. You'll find instructions in this thread at Microsoft's Windows 8 forums.

Make sure if you're going to install the Windows 8 Developer Preview that you meet the minimum requirements, all of which can be found at the link below.

Windows 8 apps won't open? Here's the fix. [Ed Bott]


    It seems just a bit stupid that it doesn't support netbook resolution 1024x600.. there are a lot of computers that run it, and the windows 8 metro style would suit netbooks...

    Hopefully the update will change this too

    i am using hp tm2-2106 tx..resolution is 1280x800 ..first apps was but now it isn running. i tried mostly everything. resetting,changing resoulution, creating new account installing correct graphics drivers.. no metro apps works except internet explorer..plz help...:'(

    sory for my poor english..

    This look like a issue for windows 8, I found a solutions that work for me
    I hope can be useful for you too

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