Nov 302012
 November 30, 2012  Posted by at 10:42 pm WinRT  Add comments

Came across this problem a few days ago and it was so frustrating, I was simply unable to run the application (I was working on the step by step guide as you might see in the picture).

I tied to clean the solution, restart VS and re open the project, but nothing worked.

"this app failed to launch because of an issue with its license"

"this app failed to launch because of an issue with its license"

Until I cleared out the Bin and Obj folders. So if you get this error, to to those folders and clean the out (delete everything in them), and build the application. Hopefully, like me, you will be able to run the application without that error coming.

  12 Responses to “Problem: Unable to activate Windows Store app: This app failed to launch because of an issue with its license”

  1. You are awesome! I ran into the same frustrating issue, and your page was the first I landed on from my Bing search. I removed the Bin and Obj folders… and I am back in business! Thanks for taking the time to post a solution.

    Love the hair,

  2. uhhm, where are those folders located?

    • They should be in C:\Users\yourusername\Documents\Visual Studio 2012\Projects … your path might be different but it’s definitely in …\Documents\Visual Studio 2012\Projects

      • It can be better to choose your own path rather than use the default paths when creating a project. That give more options (read “free options”) for source code control.

  3. thanks

  4. Thanks for this! God bless

  5. bingo!! it worked …. thankew 🙂 …plz can u infrm me hw it wrks ??? till date my apps wer perfectly running but suddenly encounterd dis prob wat do u thnk is exactly d prob???

  6. Thank you so much.

  7. Thanks it worked. However Microsoft should have handled this / guided user on such kind of exception

  8. I had same issue with my first ‘Hello World’, but found another post that suggested just uninstalling the App and the rebuilding using F5! It seemed to work for me.
    Agree this is a very basic error that MS should have caught. In defense it might be caused by me using one development license for generating the app and then having to get another license (due to time delay) before getting back to app

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