Solved Windows Notepad no longer launches -- code 0x80070057


Mark Phelps

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Not able to launch Windows Notepad anymore. Get error about app not being provisioned.

Read up on the error and ran both DISM with RestoreHealth and SFC scannow -- both completed without issue, but no change.

Went to the MS Store to download Notepad and while that worked, the installation failed with the error code noted.

So I ran CHKDSK on all the volumes -- and no errors were found.

I downloaded and installed "Notepads" from the MS Store to see if this was a generic installer or MS Store error -- it was not as that installed and runs OK.

I ran into this same error on my primary Win11 desktop but running DISM and sfc fixed the issue.

I selected another app (LibreOffice) to open text files, and it works OK -- so it's not an issue with the text files.

I tried to search here for a way to restore the MS Store, but did not find a thread about it, nor did I find a tutorial -- but I could have missed it.

I started to have these issues only in the last few days and the only recent Windows Update installed was KB4023057 -- on Dec 1st.

Windows wants to install KB5032288 -- but I am holding off on that as it corrupted my primary desktop when it installed.

UPDATE: Did more reading ... did a store reset (using wreset) and cleaned out the cache. When I restart the MS Store, it shows Notepad and when I click Open, it works. But when I attempt to open a file by selecting Notepad from the list of apps, I still get the provision error.
 
Windows Build/Version
Win11 Pro Bld 22631.2715
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    Ryzen 5600X
    Motherboard
    ASRock Steel Legend
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GT 710
    Sound Card
    None
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23",24", 19" - flat panels
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    None - only M.2 SATA and NVMe drives
    PSU
    750W
    Case
    Antec
    Cooling
    stock Wraith cooler
    Keyboard
    Corsair gaming
    Mouse
    Logitech M720
    Internet Speed
    1Gb
UPDATE: Still not able to fix this -- but replaced it with a freeware app known as Notepad2 -- which works great!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    Ryzen 5600X
    Motherboard
    ASRock Steel Legend
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GT 710
    Sound Card
    None
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23",24", 19" - flat panels
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    None - only M.2 SATA and NVMe drives
    PSU
    750W
    Case
    Antec
    Cooling
    stock Wraith cooler
    Keyboard
    Corsair gaming
    Mouse
    Logitech M720
    Internet Speed
    1Gb
Second update: Did a clean-install of Win11 and NOW, Notepad works fine -- so it was a glitch with the previous install.

Marking this a solved.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    Ryzen 5600X
    Motherboard
    ASRock Steel Legend
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GT 710
    Sound Card
    None
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23",24", 19" - flat panels
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    None - only M.2 SATA and NVMe drives
    PSU
    750W
    Case
    Antec
    Cooling
    stock Wraith cooler
    Keyboard
    Corsair gaming
    Mouse
    Logitech M720
    Internet Speed
    1Gb

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