Windows 11 users are dealing with an error stating “‘Windows Terminal not working”. Whoever has Windows 11 reports having this consistent issue while trying to open the app and having to face the error on every attempt. Here is how to fix Windows 11 Terminal Not Working error.


To try to get to the source of the error and find out why it’s even appearing in the first place, we did a little digging and concluded that there is no one straightforward cause. Oftentimes, certain corrupted files get accumulated in the system that seems to create issues like the one at hand.

Other times it could simply be a system error. There could be a myriad of reasons, and we wouldn’t know which exact one is causing the Windows Terminal not working error. There is nothing you, as a Windows 11 user, can do anything about the cause as it’s not on your end. However, it certainly is possible for you to try certain fixes to solve it, and the following are the fixes.

Repair And Reset Windows Terminal
For most users, this fix has been a successful attempt at solving the error. You’ll need to simply repair your Windows Terminal and reset it so that all the corrupt files are repaired are replaced by correct alternatives.

To follow through the steps, first head to Windows Settings, then go to Apps & features section, then scroll to the Windows Terminal app, click on Advanced, find the Repair and Reset options, and simply click on Repair first so whatever corrupt files are there are repaired, and then click on Reset. This will fix the Windows 11 Terminal not working error.

Perform SFC And DISM Scan
Two tools in Windows 11 provide another way to fix the Terminal not working error. They’re called SFC (System File Checker) and DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management).

What these tools do is that they conveniently search your entire system for any corrupt files and fix them by replacing them. It’s quite a lengthy process, so patience is necessary.

To follow through the steps, first, simultaneously press Windows and R Keys, then type “cmd”, then press CTRL + Shift + Enter to launch it as an administrator, and click Yes, then copy and paste “sfc /scannow” to launch SFC. When the SFC scan is done, restart your PC. After that follow through the first few steps again and copy and paste the following commands in sequence that you can see; at each command pasted, press Enter:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Uninstall And Reinstall
This step will renew the Windows Terminal app and possibly get rid of any bugs and corrupted files and replace them with brand new ones. Head to Windows Settings, go to Apps, click on Apps & features, then head to Windows Terminal application and uninstall it. Then launch Microsoft Store; in the search bar, type Windows Terminal, open it, and click on the Get option to install it. And then you’re all set.

That is all for our fixes for Windows Terminal Not Working error. If you are facing errors and issues with other PC games or your PC, then also see our hub for commonly occurring PC errors and their fixes.