Windows 11 built-in apps not working? Here’s a solution – Review Geek

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As more people move to Windows 11 and hopefully get updates, we’re starting to see several complaints about essential built-in apps not working properly or even opening. So if you’re having trouble with Windows 11 apps like the capture tool, touch keyboard, or voice typing, we’ve got a solution.

If your Windows 11 computer started having a lot of app issues on or after November 1, you’re not alone. Apparently Microsoft is well aware of the problem and has released a statement explaining what is going on.

“As of November 1, 2021, some users may not be able to open or use certain built-in Windows apps or parts of certain built-in apps that have not installed KB5006746, released October 21, 2021.”

Some users who are not on the latest maintenance update are facing these issues due to an expired digital certificate which is the most Microsoft thing we have ever heard. Some certificates expired on October 31, 2021, and if you haven’t received an update the week before, some apps may malfunction or not open. Microsft states that any device operating in “S mode” is more likely to be affected.

Microsoft has provided a complete list of apps or features having issues on Windows 11 because of it, and that list includes:

  • Biopsy tool
  • Accounts page and landing page in the Settings application (S mode only)
  • Touchscreen keyboard, voice input and Emoji panel
  • Input Method Editor User Interface (IME UI)
  • Getting started and advice

How to repair your Windows 11 apps

The solution here is quite simple. Microsoft says Windows 11 users should install the latest update KB5006746 from October 21, 2021. The update is expected to temporarily resolve the issue of expired certificates, and these apps will resume full functionality. For details on how to apply an update, click here.

Unfortunately, it appears to be just a Microsoft workaround and not a permanent fix. As a result, the company is working on a resolution and will share more information once it becomes available.

So for now, install this late October update so that you can continue to use essential features like touchscreen keyboard, voice typing, and anything else from the list above. So look for more details from Microsoft soon.

via computer beep

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