How to fix Windows 10 PC with applications that won’t load or stuck [Troubleshooting Guide]

You’ve been using the new Windows 10 OS and it runs fine and smooth. Then out of nowhere, your PC is running slow and the apps and browsers are not responding.

This issue is common not only on Windows OS but to other operating system as well. It could be that your PC’s specs are below the minimum requirements for this OS, low memory due to multiple apps running at once, contracted malware from malicious websites, failing hardware parts and some others that could heavily impact your PC’s performance. To learn more about the issue and the causes, we recommend to continue reading the post because I will tackle this topic and provide some workarounds how to avoid it in the future and help fix it.

Before we go further though, visit our Windows 10 PC troubleshooting page if you experience some issues with your PC. We addressed some of the common problems and you might find similar problem and follow the troubleshooting. You can also directly contact us by filling up our Windows 10 PC questionnaire and provide us an important detail about what happened to your PC and we will get back you as soon as possible.

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How to troubleshoot your Win 10 with slow or stuck up applications

When a problem like this occurs, it’s more likely just a problem with the apps that have issues but to some extent, it might also be a problem with the system itself. Getting stuck or loading slow won’t tell us more about the problem that’s why we need to troubleshoot…

First Solution: Close irrelevant tab on the browser

If it happens that you are running multiple tabs at once, it is best that you close irrelevant tab that’s running in the background and leave only the important.

Imagine you’re surfing the web and you enjoy downloading videos, music and apps but you’re unaware of add-ons installed at the same time. The add-ons could be a malware prevention software or pop-up blockers and if your browser has too many of this programs then it could cause a major issue especially the performance.

To prevent your browser from running slowly or stuck up, remove those add-ons or disable the browser extension. Here’s how:

  1. Chrome browser – Right-click extension icon > Manage extension > Uncheck or click ‘trash’ icon to remove it permanently.
  2. Internet Explorer – Click ‘gear’ or tool icon > Manage add-ons > show all add-ons > Locate the culprit and click ‘disable’.
  3. Firefox – Click ‘menu’ icon on the top right corner of the screen > Add-ons > click ‘zigzaw’ or add-on icon > locate the culprit app, then click disable or remove.
  4. Safari Browser – Click Safari on the top left of the screen > Manage Extension > Disable or remove the culprit app.

If the simple checking and unchecking procedure won’t work, proceed on the next one.

Second Solution: Multiple apps running in the background

Multitasking is effective and efficient especially for those who want to finish the job quickly and efficiently. But, bear in mind that your computer has limits it’s limits too and instead of finishing quickly it would rather take more time. The important key for your machine to efficiently perform every task is to know it’s specs and process limits. You have to make sure that the apps that are running are not too heavy because it could allocate your PC’s RAM (random access memory) and processing power, it could slow down the performance. We recommend to run the programs individually or by two’s.

Third Solution: Multiple programs runs at the startup

If you have several apps or programs installed in your PC, some of it will automatically run the same time the system startup especially programs that has auto update. To avoid any confusion of what really trigger the slow startup or long loading screen, try to check your startup apps and disable the culprits. If you don’t know how to disable it, follow these steps:

  1. Press CTRL + ALT + DELETE keys on the keyboard
  2. Click ‘Task Manager
  3. Click ‘Startup’ tab
  4. Select the apps you don’t want to run on startup, then click ‘Disable’ to confirm.

Fourth Solution: Hard drive is almost full or hard drive is failing

There are two scenarios in terms of hard drive, almost full or failing parts. If the hard drive is almost full, you can obviously see the slow performance of your PC because it has several important functions to handle like storing files, used for temporary files, updates, downloads and others. Insufficient hard drive space can make it crawl and it takes longer time to finish processing. The best way to avoid this is to practice making backup to other storage device or to use the cloud storage because in doing so, it can free up large space of your drive.

However, if your hard drive has enough space and still the performance is slow or stuck up sometimes then it could be hard drive issue. Most hard drive has moving parts, it could fail anytime even if it’s new. If that happens then you can’t recover your files. The latest hard drive available right now is the SSD (Solid State Drive), it has no moving parts like a flash drive but still no guarantee if how long the drive lasts. Always make a backup to all important files and separate them to another storage device. Here’s how to check if you have enough space:

  1. Click ‘Start’ on the task bar.
  2. Click ‘This PC
  3. Right-click either Local Drive C: or Local Drive D:
  4. Click ‘Properties’
  5. Look at the percentage graph if you have enough free space.

Fifth Solution: Change daily virus scan schedule

If you have an anti-virus, you must change its background scan schedule because it could be setup daily or every day. Make sure to setup it up every seven days to avoid slow performance or stuck up. Only schedule a deep scan if you no important things to do to your PC because during the scanning the program will use huge amount of processing power and it will end in few hours. In regular virus schedule, make sure to select the ‘full’ option to make sure that all parts of the system will be scan.

Sixth Solution: Disable effects

In case your PC is older and running Windows 10, we recommend to use minimal effects for better performance. Having all the effects enabled can ruin your PC’s performance and used up most of the memory space. There are effects that are not noticeable every time you use your PC and it’s useless, better disable all effects and enable a few. Here’s how to disable the effects:

  1. Press Windows key + X on the keyboard
  2. Click System
  3. Inside System menu, click Advanced system settings
  4. Click Advanced tab
  5. Under Performance section, click Settings.
  6. There are three default settings that you can easily choose from, ‘Let Windows choose what’s best for my computer’, ‘Adjust for best appearance’, ‘Adjust for best performance’. Another thing that you can do is you can manually choose and uncheck any of the irrelevant effects. Leave only the one’s that suit your needs.
  7. Once done, click Apply.
  8. Click Ok
  9. Go back to Desktop, press Windows key + D.

Seventh Solution: Windows Update

For some drivers that are not updated it can as well cause an issue and slows down the PC’s performance. This procedure is also a remedy for apps that won’t open, long loading time or frozen up. It is best that you have enable the windows update to automatic to let the system search for the latest updates. Here’s how:

  1. Click the search icon on the taskbar
  2. Type windows update
  3. Click Windows update
  4. Click Advanced options
  5. Under Choose how updates are installed, make sure that it’s set to automatic. If not, then click to it and select automatic.

For the apps that won’t launch or frozen, it could be a new update is needed. To fix this, follow the steps below:

  1. Click Search on the taskbar
  2. Type Store to open Windows store app
  3. Click Microsoft Account icon in the top right corner
  4. Click Download and updates
  5. Click Check for updates, then update all apps

In case the Windows Store won’t launch and you are unable to update your apps, then follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows key + X on the keyboard
  2. Click Command Prompt (Admin)
  3. Type wsreset.exe
  4. Then close the Command Prompt window and relaunch Windows Store.

Eighth Solution: Change the owner ownership system drive.

There are apps that won’t launch because of the ownership issues, but it can be fix easily and set it to full control. By your choice, you always have the option to set the ownership of every folders or hard drive partitions on your PC. We recommend to change the ownership of your System Drive C. To change the ownership, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start menu on the taskbar
  2. Click This PC
  3. Right-click Local Disk C:, then click properties
  4. Click Security tab
  5. Click Advanced
  6. Locate Owner, then click Change to open Select User or Group window.
  7. Click Advanced
  8. Click Find Now button to display the list of user and groups
  9. Click Administrators group, then click OK.
  10. Once done, click OK to confirm changes.
  11. Under Advanced Security Settings the owner should be changed to Administrators and Administrators group and already added to the permission’s list.
  12. Put a check on Replace owner on subcontainers and objects
  13. Click Apply to confirm changes
  14. Click OK and wait for the process to finish.

Ninth Solution: Create new local account

In case the apps that you want to use won’t open, then we recommend to create a new account and transfer all files. For some reasons, the system no longer launch some apps under the current account and it happened to anyone. The only solution is to create a new account and should be able to launch the apps again. You have to try this procedure before you fresh install Windows 10 or reset the PC. To create a new account, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings menu
  2. Go to Accounts
  3. Click Family and other users
  4. Click Add someone else to this PC
  5. Click I don’t have this person’s sign-in
  6. Click Add a user without Microsoft account. Fill out the information.
  7. Create a new username and password for the new user
  8. Go to Settings > Accounts > Your Account.
  9. Click Sign in with local account instead
  10. Enter the current password
  11. Click Next
  12. Enter the username and password of the local account
  13. Click Sign out and finish

To move your files from the old account, you have to switch to your new local account.

  1. Enter the username and password of your new local account
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Click Accounts
  4. Click Your Account
  5. Click Sign in with a Microsoft instead
  6. Enter username and password and click Sign in
  7. Then launch the apps in this new account and see it fix the issue. If so, then use this account and delete the old one.

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