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Published: July 12, 2016 | Applies to:

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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  • 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:

  • 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
    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
    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:

  • 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
    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
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : PathNotFound,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

    PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocati

    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:

  • Your awesome man!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ 😎

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