Fix: ms-resource: Appname error on Windows 11 

The ms-resource: Appname issue is a common Windows 11 error that indicates issues with ShellExperienceHost.exe or Explorer.exe. There might be an error if the app fails to launch at the intended time or forces Windows to use a corrupted cache when listing apps. Sometimes, it also occurs by a misbehaving UWP app.

Today, in this article, we will discuss all the causes and fixes for ms-resource: Appname error on Windows 11 in detail. To get the solution in detail, you can walk through this guide till the end. For knowing more, have a look down below:

Identify the Issue

Before we jump to the methods, let’ first identify the issue.

  • To begin with, identify the concerned app and then pin it to your Start menu. (You can skip the step if the app is already pinned).
  • In the Start menu, make sure the app shows a name like ‘ms-resource:AppName.’
  • Now press Windows + R to launch the RUN dialogue box.  
  • In the empty text box, type shell:appsfolder and then click on OK.
  • Now in the newly appeared window, locate the concerned UWP app’s name.

In case you get the app name “ms-resource: AppName’, it means you are facing the error everywhere. For resolving that, you can follow our solution guide below.

However, if the concerned app shows its correct name in the folder, it means the issue is with ShellExperience and Host.exe Explorer.exe. Then use the guide below.

Some workarounds to fix the ms-resource: Appname error on Windows 11.

Begin with some quick troubleshooters:

  • Restart the affected program.
  • Refresh the cache.
  • Repair the concerned app and the Microsoft Store.

Section 1: If you face the error only in the Start menu

  • Firstly, press Windows + S and locate Powershell.
  • Once you find it, press Ctrl + Shift + Enter altogether. It will launch the Powershell window with administrator access.
  • Now inside the Powershell window, Copy + Paste or type the following command and press Enter.
Get-AppxPackage -all *HolographicFirstRun* | Remove-AppPackage -AllUsers
  • After the command gets executed, save all your work and restart your system.
  • After that, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc altogether, and it will launch Task Manager.
  • Now from the horizontal menu, navigate to the Details tab, and on the list below, locate ShellExperienceHost.exe.
  • Click on ShellExperienceHost.exe and press Delete (on your keyboard). If the process isn’t running currently, you can also select StartMenuExperienceHost.exe.
  • On the next prompt, click on End Process.
  • Further, repeat the exact steps for StartMenuExperienceHost.exe and Explorer.exe.
  • Once you are done with all the processes, navigate to Task Manager and select the option File from the top-left corner.
  • From the submenu, click upon Run new task.
  • Now click on Browse and then navigate to the following directory. Or you can copy+ paste the directory in your browser.
  • Here select the folder name TempState and then delete it permanently from your system. Click on Yes to Confirm.
  • Now navigate to File again and then click on Run new task.
  • On the empty text box, type explorer.exe and then press Enter.
  • It will now restart Explorer as well as the StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process.
  • Now restart your system.

The ‘ms-resource:AppName’ will get fixed now.

Section 2: If you are facing the ms-resource:AppName everywhere.

Here is a list of some trusted fixes:

FIX 1: Repair the app

  • Firstly, press Windows + I altogether, and from the left pane, the menu clicks on Apps.
  • Now click on App & Features.
  • Further, scroll the list of apps and find the currently affected one. Once you find it, click on the three-dot menu.

Note: In case you are looking for a system app affected by ms-resource: Appname error, then it won’t show on the app list. If it happens, reinstall the system app with the guide below.

  • Select the Advanced Options and then click on Terminate -> Repair.
  • Windows will now repair the concerned app in the background.
  • Now go back to the previous page and follow the above steps for repairing the Microsoft Store app.

Once everything is repaired, access the affected app again. The said error issue will get fixed by now.

FIX 2: Reset the app

  • Firstly, press Windows + I and then click on Apps from the left-pane menu.
  • Now click on Apps and Features and then click on the three-dot menu given beside the affected app.
  • Now click on Advanced Options -> Terminate -> Reset.
  • To confirm your choice, click on Reset again.
  • Using the above steps, reset the Microsoft Store app as well.

Lastly, access the affected app and check whether the said issue got resolved or not.

FIX 3: Uninstall and reinstall the concerned app

If Reset and repair do not work for you, then reinstall the concerned app in your system. To reinstall the concerned app, you can follow these steps, 

  • Firstly, press Windows + S and locate PowerShell.
  • Once you find it, press Ctrl + Shift + Enter altogether. It will launch the PowerShell window with administrator access.
  • Now inside the PowerShell window, type or Copy + Paste the following command,
Get-AppxPackage | Select Name, PackageFullName
  • And then press Enter. It will open a list of apps in your system. Here find the concerned app from the list and then copy its name.
  • Now open Notepad, paste the package name and save it for future reference.
  • Now Copy + Paste or type the following command and then press Enter. (Here, replace NAME with the package name that you’re earlier copied to the Notepad.)
Get-AppxPackage NAME | Remove-AppxPackage 
  • It will now uninstall the selected app from your system.

Now before reinstalling the app, consider restarting your system. Follow these steps to do so, Restart your system, launch the Notepad file your saved earlier and then copy the package name to your clipboard.

  • Now launch PowerShell with admin access with the steps explained above.
  • Now inside the PowerShell window, type or Copy + Paste the following command,
Add-AppxPackage -register "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\NAME\appxmanifest.xml" -DisableDevelopmentMode
  • and then press Enter. Here replace NAME with the package name you’re copied to your clipboard.
  • The selected app will get reinstalled into your system now.
  • Now refresh the Windows UI for detecting the new app properly. For doing so, simply restart your system.

FIX 4: Reinstall all missing system apps

Another solution to get rid of the ms-resource: Appname error on Windows 11 is reinstalling all the missing system apps.

  • Firstly, press Windows + S and locate PowerShell.
  • Once you find it, press Ctrl + Shift + Enter altogether. It will launch the PowerShell window with administrator access.
  • Now inside the PowerShell window, type or Copy + Paste the following command,
Get-AppXPackage -allusers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
  • and then press Enter.

Windows will now automatically check for all the system apps and then will reinstall the missing ones. You will see apps that are already installed marked with a red text error in PowerShell. You can here ignore them.

  • Lastly, restart your computer, and then the said error will get resolved by now.

FIX 5: Run SFC & DISM commands

If none of the above methods worked for you, then try running the SFC & DISM commands. Both these commands will help you fix the error if there is a corrupt disk or File causing the same.

Check and fix Disk errors (SFC scan)

  • Firstly, Press Windows + R to launch the RUN dialogue box. sfc/ scannow
  • Now inside the empty text box, type cmd and click on OK. It will launch the Command Prompt window. Then open it with admin access.
  • Now inside the Command Prompt window, copy, then paste or type sfc /scannow and then press Enter.
  • Your system will now automatically scan the disk and resolve the said error.

Check for corrupted system files and replace them (DISM scan)

  • Again launch the Command Prompt window as explained above steps.
  • Now inside the command prompt window, type DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and then click on OK.
  • Let the scan process on its own. Once it’s done, restart your computer and check whether the issue got resolved or not.

This was the elaborated guide that will help users resolve the ms-resource: Appname error on Windows 11. Though if none of them helps you, then it indicates an issue with your Windows image, and it further requires repairing Windows installation.

Further, if it too doesn’t help, try with a fresh installation of Windows 11 on your system. However, if you have any queries or doubts after reading this article, then please leave a comment in the below-given comment box.