[Fix] Small Download Arrow Icon Showing on Start Screen Tiles in Windows 8.1
Today we are going to address a weird and annoying problem which has been faced by many Windows 8.1 users. We have received many emails from our readers asking for a solution to fix this problem. The problem is related with Start Screen.
Many Windows 8.1 users have reported that many app tiles on their Start Screen (mainly native app tiles) are showing download icon (a small down arrow) in lower right corner. The download icon doesn't disappear even after restarting their computers.
Also the tiles showing this download arrow, do not show live content i.e. those tiles are no longer working as live tiles even if they are supposed to show live content such as weather, calendar, news, mail, travel, etc.
Normally the download arrow icon appears on an app tile if that app needs to be updated. But the strange thing is that the app doesn't update itself. If the user tries to update the app manually using Windows Store, it shows no updates available and nothing happens. The download icon won't go away.
After getting so many complaints about the same problem, I decided to investigate the issue and I found that most of those people were using avast! antivirus or Internet security suite. It might be a coincidence but as a temporary solution, I asked them to uninstall avast! from their systems. Surprisingly, for some people this trick worked and they were able to get rid of the download arrow and update the apps without any problem.
But some people were not that lucky. They were still facing this problem. Finally they were able to remove the download arrow icon from the tiles by uninstalling those apps one by one and then reinstalling those apps through Windows Store.
If you are also facing this problem, do as following:
METHOD 1: If you are using avast! antivirus or avast! Internet security suite, try to uninstall it and check whether the problem is solved. If uninstalling avast! fixes the problem, then you should wait for a fix from avast! and in the meantime install a different antivirus in your computer as given in following topic:
METHOD 2: If the above method doesn't work for you, uninstall all apps showing download arrow icon by right-clicking on the app tile and selecting "Uninstall" option given in the bottom bar. Repeat this step for all problematic tiles.
One you uninstall the apps, you can reinstall all or selected apps using Windows Store as described in following tutorial:
Once you follow these methods, the little download arrow from your Start Screen tiles will go away forever and the apps will start updating themselves. Also the live tiles will start showing live content as they are supposed to do.
Feel free to share your feedback in your comment. Have you also faced this problem in Windows 8.1?
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