November 29, 2022
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Fix greyed out Windows apps in Windows 11/10 Start menu

By on August 19, 2021 0


Sometimes after updating Windows on your PC, some apps from Windows Store might stop working and show gray icons in the Start menu. This bug primarily attacks common utility apps like Mail and Calendar and how they are affected is their app tile and icon appear to be greyed out. When you click on them, they stop immediately.

Windows apps grayed out in the Start menu

If the Windows Store app icons are greyed out in the Windows Start menu, here are a few working fixes that are sure to help:

  1. Run the Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter
  2. Repair or reset the Microsoft Store app
  3. Reinstall the problematic application
  4. Update your graphics card driver
  5. Re-register Windows Store on your PC.

1]Run the Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter

  • Press Windows + “S” key combination to open Windows settings and select Update & Security
  • In the options pane to your left, click Troubleshoot
  • Scroll down and at the bottom you will see an option to troubleshoot Windows Store apps.
  • Select it and click Run the troubleshooter. The process will take some time and will alert you if there are any issues with your Store apps.

2]Repair or reset the Microsoft Store app

reset repair microsoft store apps

Repair or reset the Microsoft Store app through settings and see if it works for you.

3]Reinstall the problematic application

You can use PowerShell or Settings to uninstall the problematic app, then visit the Microsoft Store web portal to reinstall it.

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4]Update your graphics card driver

Repair greyed out Windows apps in Windows 10 Start menu

An outdated graphics card driver can also cause this error.

  • Open the Run dialog box and type ‘dxdiag ‘, this will open the DirectX diagnostic tool that we will use to note your computer’s graphics card
  • Take a look at your computer model and the graphics card it uses.
  • Then visit the official website of your graphics card manufacturer and download the latest available
  • Once downloaded, install the driver5.

4]Re-register Windows Store on your PC

If the problem is with your Windows Store credentials, you can also try re-registering it. Here is how you can do it.

  • Find PowerShell in the taskbar search pane and open it to run as administrator
  • Type the following command and press Enter:
Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml"}
  • The process will take some time, so wait a bit and when done, open the Run dialog.
  • Here type ‘wsreset.exe’ and hit enter. The process will end when your Windows Store is reset and it will

What if my Microsoft Store won’t open?

A similar problem to the one discussed above, and which causes even more problems, is when the Microsoft Store itself does not open. Here are some of the things you can do if you experience it as well:

  • Check for connectivity issues and make sure you signed up with the correct Microsoft account
  • Make sure your PC is running the latest Windows updates
  • Reset Windows Store by following the process outlined in the fourth workaround above

We hope that this article has substantially cleared up all your doubts and that you no longer have any problem with the Calendar app.

Repair greyed out Windows apps in Windows 10 Start menu

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