Windows 8 apps will not open on click? Here’s how to fix it

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Here is the fix for those Windows 8 apps that will not open on click.

In Windows 8 Developer Preview many users are having the issue that when they click an app tile, for those new immersive Metro designed full-screen apps, nothing will happen — they will not launched. This behavior occurs when having a screen resolution that doesn’t meet the minimum requirements to launch applications in the Modern UI, which it should be 1024×768 and higher. 

You can change your screen resolution by going to the Control Panel, selecting More Settings, and then selecting Display when the Desktop Control Panel comes up. If your device does not support resolutions of 1024×768 or higher, you can always connect the device to an external monitor that is capable of those resolutions.

Make sure that your machine meets the minimum requirements:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch

Mauro is a technology writer at and He’s been recognized as a Microsoft MVP, he’s also a technology enthusiast and enjoys writing content about Microsoft, Google, Apple, and other interesting technologies. Got a hat tip? Send him an email with your rants, rumors, tips and tattles.

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  • James

    doesn’t help my kindle will still not load now. I bought an acer laptop with kindle installed, I could read the books just fine and now when kindle loads, it starts with the book title and goes back to the start menu

    • Pit

      Hello James,
      That seems to me that something is going on with the app itself. Have you tried reinstalling it?


  • Kimberly Mock Ramsey

    I have an hp 2000 notebook PC the resolution is set at 1366×768 when I’m in the start mode to view what I want to do for instance the mail. I can see that I have an email but when I click on it to get it I only get the envelope and never takes me to the place to get my emails

    • Mauro

      Are you running Windows 8 or Windows 8.1?


      • Kimberly Mock Ramsey

        I am running windows 8.1 but I figured it out by uninstalling and reinstalling

        • Mauro

          Well, I’m glad it you found a quick fix for your problem. Thank you for sharing your result.