I really do NOT use them, but some, like Weather, Sports, News, etc. I like as they put change on the Start Screen. However, over time, while they still change on the Start Screen, they fail to connect when opened. All I get it is the rotating Dot's.
This happened first on my wife's machine within 2 weeks of installing W8. Since it was a fairly new load and not much was done on it in terms of customization, a Windows Refresh fixed that, and she's not had a problem since.
On my machine I just noticed this a day or so ago. It could have been going on for a long time though.
Usual fix appears to be a change to default setting in UAC, which I had altered. Reset it to default. Didn't help. Video driver is also implicated.
I have an ATI Radeon and a W8 driver was released last week which I installed. OK, rolled that back, didn't fix it. Was on the MS Windows WDDM. Now since I went back to the ATI driver ROLLBACK doesn't show? W8 bug I guess? I'll probably UNINSTALL the ATI and let MS find its own driver, sigh...
OK, no real problem, I don't really use them, and the Live Tile part still works.
So I decide to UNINSTALL the troublesome one.
Idea, why not install them again? Ahh, some work, some, like Weather still do not? Odd?
I don't want to do the REFRESH, seems like a 'pain', all personalization set to default. Only keeps MS Store apps... says on the desktop will be a list of removed apps... but after 2 1/2 months of use I expect it to be a major pain putting that stuff back. Don't feel like 'playing' with my images to see when this happened either.
Anyone with a fool-proof answer, I'm all ears. BTW, MS used to have a FIXIT app, but none for W8 that I can find?
EDIT: Was able to SELECT the WDDM driver when I looked for suitable drivers for the adapter... Back on it again, Weather still doesn't change or work???