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If Action Center not working in Windows 10, or if it shows false notifications, or if it freezes and doesn't closes, this article may help you to fix it.

Action Center is one of the many new features introduced in Windows 10. It provides you real-time notifications from apps and for system settings. But recently I found that Action Center on my Windows 10 Pro stopped worked.

FIX Action Center Not Working In Windows 10

Following observations led me to finalize that Action Center is not working correctly:

  • Action Center icon on taskbar, on hovering shows that there are new notifications, but in reality there are no new notifications when I click this icon.
  • Sometimes Action Center doesn’t open when you click its icon.
  • At some other times, Action Center keep showing same notification even after clearing that notification for many times, in my case it was ‘Windows Defender needs to scan your PC‘ notification.

If you’re also facing either of these symptoms, there is strong probability that your Action Center needs to be fixed. Well, to fix this issue, I’ve got some easiest solutions, that you can try and resolve this issue.

FIX : Action Center Not Working In Windows 10

FIX 1 – Rename Usrclass.dat File

1. Press W8K + R and put %localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows in Run dialog box, click OK.

FIX Action Center Not Working In Windows 10

2. In Windows folder so open now, scroll down and look for UsrClass.dat file. Rename it to UsrClass.old.dat.

FIX Action Center Not Working In Windows 10

If you get ‘The action can’t be completed because the file is open in System‘ warning, follow steps mentioned here to overcome this issue.

FIX Action Center Not Working In Windows 10

Once you renamed the file, the problem may solve after a reboot.

FIX 2 – Using Windows PowerShell

1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager. Click File > Run new task.

FIX Action Center Not Working In Windows 10

2. Then in Create new task box, type powershell. Make sure you’ve checked Create this task with administrative privileges option and click OK.

FIX Action Center Not Working In Windows 10

3. In the administrative Windows PowerShell window, type this command and hit Enter key:

Get-AppxPackage | % { Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppxManifest.xml" -verbose }

FIX Action Center Not Working In Windows 10

This should fix up your Action Center.

Let us know if problem still persists, via your comments!

Also read: How to enable simplified Action Center in Windows 10?


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38 Comments

  • I had great results simply renaming the EDB001F file in C:/Users/username/AppData/Local/TileDataLayer/Database

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ That’s nice! Thanks for sharing it 😊

  • This website is amazing. TYVM. Fixed nagging issues on multiple machines today. Thank you so very much.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad we could help 😎

  • Having a similar problem and have searched everywhere for a solution with no luck.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Try Benjamin’s suggestion mentioned above, see if it helps you!

  • that didn’t work with me :(

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ In that case, upgrading to new build or reinstalling the current build may help: https://www.kapilarya.com/reinstall-windows-10-without-affecting-personal-files

  • Hi, im still have this problem coming up…and the other FIX dint work too….please help to solve.

    VERBOSE: Performing the operation “Register package” on target
    “C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\AppxManifest.xml”.
    Add-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073D02, The package could not be installed because resources it
    modifies are currently in use.
    error 0x80004004: Unable to install because the following apps need to be closed
    Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy!CortanaUI.
    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] 41994c93-383a-0003-bf59-99413a38d201 in the Event Log or use
    the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 41994c93-383a-0003-bf59-99413a38d201
    At line:1 char:23
    + … ckage | % { Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.I …
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (C:\Windows\Syst…ppxManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], Exception
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Close Cortana using this approach: https://www.kapilarya.com/fix-deployment-failed-with-hresult-0x80073d02-the-package-couldnt-be-installed-because-resources-it-modifies-are-currently-in-use-windows-10

  • VERBOSE: Operation completed for: C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\AppxManifest.xml
    PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Add-AppxPackage -register “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\\appxmanifest.xml” -Dis
    ableDevelopmentMode
    Add-AppxPackage : Cannot find path ‘C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\\appxmanifest.xml’ because it does
    not exist.
    At line:1 char:1
    + Add-AppxPackage -register “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\ Add-AppxPackage -register “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.XboxApp_7.7.29027.0_x86__8weky
    b3d8bbwe\appxmanifest.xml” -DisableDevelopmentMode
    Add-AppxPackage : Cannot find path ‘C:\Program
    Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.XboxApp_7.7.29027.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe\appxmanifest.xml’ because it does not exist.
    At line:1 char:1
    + Add-AppxPackage -register “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Xbo …
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (C:\Program File…ppxmanifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], ItemNotFou
    ndException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : PathNotFound,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

    PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocati
    on)\AppXManifest.xml”}

    hi im try everything but its still dont work for me….please help..thank you so much

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Suggest you to refresh Windows 10: https://www.kapilarya.com/reinstall-windows-10-without-affecting-personal-files

  • Your awesome man!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ 😎

  • Hi Kapil

    i got this error

    Add-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073D02, The package could not be installed because resources it modifies are currently in use.
    error 0x80004004: Unable to install because the following apps need to be closed Microsoft.WindowsCalculator_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App.
    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] f6125004-828b-0002-b48d-16f68b82d201 in the Event Log or use the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID
    f6125004-828b-0002-b48d-16f68b82d201
    At line:1 char:23
    + … ckage | % { Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.I …
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (C:\Program File…ppxManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], Exception
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

    Please advice on the error what has to be done

    Regards
    Srinivas

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Please check this fix: https://www.kapilarya.com/fix-deployment-failed-with-hresult-0x80073d02-the-package-couldnt-be-installed-because-resources-it-modifies-are-currently-in-use-windows-10

  • My action centre icon was not showing on the taskbar
    when i went to notifications and actions it does not even showing to turn on or turn off the action centre
    it jus showing the name but i cant turn on it

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ See if this registry fix help you: https://www.kapilarya.com/system-icons-missing-from-taskbar-in-windows-10

  • I can’t turn on or off my action centrer in my hp windows 10

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Try fixes mentioned here, see if they helps.

  • Tried both fix (1 and 2), neither solve my problem. Notifications are missing, no sound when new hardware is attached or ejected (and no notification message).

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Try Windows 10 Refresh: https://www.kapilarya.com/reinstall-windows-10-without-affecting-personal-files

  • There is no such file in the folder which Benjamin mentions.

  • Dear Kapil, I love you man!!
    I never reply on these things BUT, It took me weeksss searching and trying (my start menu & action center were not responding) and thanks to you the 2nd fix worked for me.
    No wonder you’re the MVP.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thanks for awesome feedback 😎

  • Hi Kapil you replied with solution I keep getting to here
    if you get ‘The action can’t be completed because the file is open in System‘ warning, follow steps mentioned here to overcome this issue.
    Follow next steps reboot and still have problem of not being able to complete
    FIX Action Center Not Working In Windows 10

  • Hi Kapil my name is Karla and I need your help, yesterday while using my Lenovo B40-30 All-in-One (Lenovo)
    Serial Number
    MG22B0CC
    Machine Type Model
    F0AW0098US
    Operating System
    Machine Info
    Processor: 1x (): : Memory: 1x : : Operating System: (): : Hard Drive: 1x : : Optical Drive: 1x : : Wireless Network: 1x : : Ports: 1x : : Camera: 1x : : Graphics: 1x : : Monitor: 1 Year On-site I accidentally hit the timer button and ever since I can’t get action center buttons, all of them are greyed out and I can’t tap nor click on them, plus also the settings button is not loading, please help me? I don’t know what to do else, I tried those steps above and they don’t help, please help me? :(

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Can you try Benjamin’s suggestion mentioned in above comments, see if it helps you.

  • My notifications were working but I could not open the action centre. I tried the fix you suggested if I got the msg “The Action Can’t Be Completed Because The Folder Or A File In It Is Open In System” (when renaming UsrClass.dat) The fix only deals with the message “The Action Can’t Be Completed Because The Folder Or A File In It Is Open In another program”. Before starting the fix I closed all other windows and tabs. The fix does not deal with the file being open in System!!

  • This shows up after after doing the Powershell thing. My action center wont open. Settings in the start menu doesn’t open and when I right click and try to “personalize” it doesn’t work either.

    Add-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CF6, Package could not be registered.
    error 0x80070002: Cannot register the windows.immersivecontrolpanel_6.2.0.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy package
    because the following error was encountered while determining the level of trust for the package: The system cannot
    find the file specified.
    .
    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] 36230717-73d5-0001-3bed-2636d573d301 in the Event Log or use
    the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 36230717-73d5-0001-3bed-2636d573d301
    At line:1 char:23
    + … ckage | % { Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.I …
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (C:\Windows\Imme…ppxManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], IOException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

    VERBOSE: Operation completed for: C:\Windows\ImmersiveControlPanel\AppxManifest.xml
    VERBOSE: Performing the operation “Register package” on target
    “C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.HolographicFirstRun_cw5n1h2txyewy\AppxManifest.xml”.
    Add-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CF6, Package could not be registered.
    AppxManifest.xml(26,27): error 0x80070002: Cannot install or update package
    Microsoft.Windows.HolographicFirstRun_cw5n1h2txyewy because the splash screen image [SplashScreen.png] cannot be
    located. Verify that the package contains an image that can be used as a splash screen for the application, and that
    the package manifest points to the correct location in the package where this splash screen image can be found.
    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] 36230717-73d5-0001-68ed-2636d573d301 in the Event Log or use
    the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 36230717-73d5-0001-68ed-2636d573d301
    At line:1 char:23
    + … ckage | % { Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.I …
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (C:\Windows\Syst…ppxManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], IOException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ For deployment error 0x80073CF6, refer this fix: https://www.kapilarya.com/deployment-failed-with-hresult-0x80073cf6-package-could-not-be-registered-merge-failure-error-0x80070003-in-windows-10

  • this doesn’t work and now I can’t even open my settings

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ To fix Settings app, please refer this fix: https://www.kapilarya.com/fix-settings-app-not-working-in-windows-10

  • i did everthing as above got not problem in powershell but as benjamin suggestion there is not TileLayer Db in that path in my windows
    still the problem is not solved

  • Don’t run the powershell command, it broke some of my apps.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ False!

  • I don’t have a usrclass.dat file in that folder. Should I try Benjamin’s suggestion?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ It’s up to you 😊

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