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Can’t install programs on Windows 10? 6 solutions to apply

Sometimes you might experience can’t install any program on your Windows 10 PC, especially after a windows update. Here this post Discover why you can’t install programs on Windows 10 and how to solve it. In most cases, Windows 10 can’t install programs due to a temporary glitch that could be solved simply by restarting the computer. Again low disk space, incorrect app installer settings or insufficient permission or incompatibility issues also cause this issue.

Note: Many apps and programs provide both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The 64-bit program can only be compatible with a 64-bit Windows OS, while 32-bit programs can run both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

Check Your App Installer Settings

  • Press Windows key + I to open settings,
  • Go to the Apps then Apps & features sections
  • Locate the Choose where to get apps section from the right-hand pane
  • Here from the drop-down menu select the Anywhere or Anywhere, but let me know if there’s a comparable app in the Microsoft Store option

Choose where to get apps

Check the Antivirus Interference

Sometimes you might encounter the error because of security program interferes with the installation. In such situations, we recommend disabling your Antivirus, for example, Windows Defender, or thrid party antivirus installed on your Windows 10 PC.

  • Search for windows security from the start menu and select the first result,
  • Go to App & browser control then Reputation-based protection,
  • Here toggle off Check apps and files then try to install the app

Disable file and app protection

Run Windows 10 Troubleshooters

Microsoft provides various troubleshooting tools that can be used to repair common issues. Let’s run the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter that finds and fixes problems with running older programs on the current version of windows.

  • Press Windows key + X and select settings,
  • Go to Update & security then troubleshoot,
  • Now click on the Additional troubleshooters link to display all available troubleshooter list,
  • Select Program Compatibility Troubleshooter and click on Run the troubleshooter.
  • Wait for the troubleshooter to scan issues, if found any you should be prompted with corresponding solutions.
  • If so, click on Apply this fix and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the repair.

In case this doesn’t help and if your computer still doesn’t install anything, run the below-mentioned troubleshooters as well –

  • Windows Store apps
  • Windows Updates
  • Program Install and Uninstall troubleshooters

Run the Program in Compatibility Mode

If you are trying to install an app that was made for Windows 7 or older versions, you may encounter the “can’t install programs Windows 10” issue. In such situations, you need to run the program in compatibility mode.

  • Right-click the installer file of the app and select Properties.
  • Locate the Compatibility tab, and then tick the checkbox for Run this program in compatibility mode for and select Windows 7 or older version from the drop-down menu.
  • Click on Apply and OK to execute the changes
  • And now try to install the app on your Windows 10 PC

Turn Off The UAC Control

Also, check your user account has admin privileges to install programs or apps on windows 10.

  • In the Windows search box, type UAC and click on open from the right-hand side.
  • Turn off UAC by dragging the slider to Never notify, then click ok,


Note: We highly recommend that you switch the UAC slider back to Always Notify after you have been able to resolve the issue.

Run DISM and sfc command

If none of the above solutions work, it may indicate that some important system files or components get corrupted. To repair system file corruption, you can try running a DISM scan.

  • Open command prompt as administrator,
  • type command DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth and press enter key
  • Once the command is executed, run the system file checker utility command sfc /scannow 
  • Let the scanning process complete 100, once done reboot your PC.
  • Now on the next start try to install the program that causes the issue.

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