ok, I started using Windows 8.1 about a couple of months ago, and so far things are going pretty well. However in the past couple of weeks I've noticed that the majority of my Windows Start screen metro apps won't start. They flash on the screen, then back to the start screen. The only one that does work is the MS Store app. Any new or existing apps won't start. I've seen several MS posts about this problem, and it seems the only fix is to re-create my user profile or reset the computer, which would remove all of my installed apps. I find both of these options completely BS, and think there should be something else. sfc /scannow found no issues. In the event log, the only events related to this are: Error code 5. Here is one example: Failure to load the application settings for package microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_8wekyb3d8bbwe. Error Code: 5Failure to load the application settings for package Microsoft.SkypeApp_kzf8qxf38zg5c. Error Code: 5 Any suggestions would be a huge help. Again, I prefer not to reset my system or re-create my profile because whatever is broken here may repeat itself and I wouldn't want to go through a reset and reinstalling all my applications just to do it again in a few weeks / months.