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Published: January 12, 2015 | Applies to:

If Modern App minimizes or closes itself in Windows 8, in case you're logged in as a domain user, then this article will show how to fix this issue.

Windows or Modern Apps introduced in Windows 8 has now became dependency of users. Being contradicted in past, Modern Apps are now biggest priority for Windows users. Well, sometimes these app may show peculiar behavior during their operation and this could draw you into frustration. For a domain connected Windows system, we have observed that apps minimizes or closes themselves, immediately after opening.

This issue is now known to Microsoft and hopefully, this problem is expected to short out with upcoming Windows 10. But right now, if you’re facing this issue on your system, here is something you can try to fix this hitch:

FIX : App Minimizes Or Closes Itself In Windows 8.1

NOTE : Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries, also its better to create a System Restore point before proceeding.

1. Press Windows Key + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.

2. In the Registry Editor window, right click the branch HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and select Permissions.

3. Next, in the following window, make sure that for ALL APPLICATIONS PACKAGES group, a checkmark against Read option is there for Allow. If the read option is not ticked, make it ticked.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 for rest other registry branches as well.

4. Now go to following Program Files folder inside your system root drive. The folder location is C:\Program Files, assuming Windows is installed on C drive. Right click the folder and select Properties.

5. Moving on, in the folder properties window shown below, switch to Security tab and click Advanced.

6. Finally, in the Advanced Security Settings for Program Files window, make sure ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES have read and execute permission which is applicable with This folder, subfolder and files. This is important and if same settings doesn’t exists in your case, take the ownership of Program Files folder and assign the permissions to ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES.

Perform the steps 5 and 6 for Program Files (x86) folder, in case if you’re using 64-bit Windows.

Once you make sure about permissions advised in step 3 and 6, reboot the machine. After restarting the system, problem must be fixed. Still if the problem persists, you can ask your domain controller to take necessary steps as mentioned in this support article.

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14 Comments

  • This helped me great work bro _/\_

  • It works!

  • i don’t have any domain network but iM must say its helpful to me. Thanx

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thanks for feedback!

  • Apps and windows store still not working(app minimizes immediately after opening) and app trouble shooter says SERVICE REGISTRATION IS MISSING OR CORRUPT, app troubleshooter also shows that YOU ARE NOT CONNECTED TO INTERNET but I’m(network troubleshooter is not helping) , sfc scan is unable to solve the problem.I’m USING WINDOWS 8.1 PRO. Plz heil!!!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Have you tried above mentioned steps?

  • yes i have tried this…

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Since you’ve confirmed all checkpoints and nothing worked, ask your domain controller to follow necessary steps mentioned in support.microsoft.com/kb/2798317.

  • actually in above steps HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT did’nt have any ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES option……???? I don’t think that my system is domain connected as in windows properties WORKGROUP follows workgroup(read on an article)……plz help…

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ That option is available for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE properties not HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT properties.

  • Hopefully this gets seen;

    So im on w10. Ive changed my settings in Storage so apps install to my G; drive, as its my storage drive. The Windows Apps folder shows up there, but i cant access it no matter what i try. I cant try this fix either as ALL APPLICATIONS PACKAGES doesnt show up.

  • I’ve already doing this but no results! maybe this is not a solution in my Win 8.1 computer

  • all the tweaks you provided in the article is already configured in my system by default then also my windows apps minimize themselves please help

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ In that case you may need to contact with your domain controller and tell them about the issue, in case if they’ve configured any policy related to it.

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