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Windows 11 Built-In Apps Not Working? Here’s a Solution

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As more people upgrade to Windows 11 and hopefully get updates, we’re starting to see several complaints about essential built-in apps that don’t work right or won’t even open. So if you’re experiencing problems with Windows 11 apps like the snipping tool, touch keyboard, or voice typing, we have a solution.

If your Windows 11 machine started having a bunch of app problems on or after November 1st, you’re not alone. Apparently, Microsoft is well aware of the issue and released a statement explaining what’s going on.

“Starting on November 1st, 2021, some users might be unable to open or use certain built-in Windows apps or parts of some built-in apps that have not installed KB5006746, released October 21st, 2021.”

Some users that aren’t on the latest maintenance update are dealing with these problems due to an expired digital certificate, which is the most Microsoft thing we’ve ever heard. Select certificates ended on October 31st, 2021, and if you didn’t get an update from the week prior, some apps may malfunction or fail to open. Microsft states that any device running in “S mode” is more likely to be affected.

Microsoft provided a complete list of apps or features having problems on Windows 11 due to this, and that list includes:

  • Snipping Tool
  • Accounts page and landing page in the Settings app (S mode only)
  • Touch Keyboard, Voice Typing, and Emoji Panel
  • Input Method Editor user interface (IME UI)
  • Getting started and Tips

How to Fix Your Windows 11 Apps

The solution here is pretty simple. Microsoft states that Windows 11 users should install the latest KB5006746 update from October 21st, 2021. The update should temporarily fix the issue with expired certificates, and these apps will resume full functionality. For more details on how to apply an update, click here.

Unfortunately, it looks like this is just a workaround by Microsoft and not a permanent fix. As a result, the company is working on a resolution and will share more information once that’s available.

So, for now, install that late October update so you can continue using critical features like the touch keyboard, voice typing, and anything else from the list above. Then, look out for more details from Microsoft soon.

via Bleeping Computer

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