How to fix another instance is running an error in Windows 10

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il Another instance is running The bug in Windows 10 has worried many users. This error is usually triggered by launching one or more specific applications on your PC. Here, we bring you solutions to fix this error on your PC.

Solution 1: Set the workstation service to automatic

Follow the steps below to configure the WOrkstation service status to Active:

Step 1: Press Win + R keys; then write tableware.msc in the Run box and click ok.



Step 2: A Services window, scroll down until you find the file Work Service. When you find it, double-click on it.

3 pass: In the workstation properties window that opens, make sure you do this Start type is established in Automatic.

When done, click ok.

Solution 2: Uninstall Web Companion from your PC

As reported by many users, this error appeared every time they started their PC. This error was encountered due to the presence of the Web Companion software on the PC. This software generally comes bundled with Ad-Aware anti-spyware software. To fix this, you will need to uninstall Web Companion from your PC.

Step 1: Open the settings the application on the PC by pressing the button Win + me keys on your PC. There, select the file Applications option.

Step 2: Go to App and features option in the left panel. In the right pane, you will find a list of software installed on your PC. Search for Web companion app in this list and select to expand it. From the options, click Uninstall button.



After uninstalling the application, restart your PC and see if the error appears.

Fix 3 - Update Windows 10

If you don't have Web Companion installed on your PC, you may want to start upgrading to Windows 10.

Step 1: Press Win + me keys together to open the Windows Settings application. There, select the file Update and security option.

Step 2: In the new window select the file Windows update in the left pane, then click Look for updates in the right panel.

If an updated version of Windows is available, the download and installation will begin. Follow the onscreen instructions to start the process. If the error Another instance is running is not resolved, continue to the next solution.

Fix 4-Clean Boot PC from Safe Mode

Some users reported that performing a clean boot on their PC from Safe Mode worked. These are the steps to follow:

Enter Safe Mode

Step 1: Open settings and go to Update and security following the steps provided in the previous method.

Step 2: To go Recovery in the left pane, then select the click Restart now option below Advanced startup section.

3 pass: Your PC will now restart in Advanced repair mode. There, click on the file Solve problems option.


Phase 4: On the next screen, select the file Advanced options.

5 pass: Now select the file Startup Settings option on the next screen.


6 pass: When the following screen is displayed, press the button Curriculum vitae button now.

7 pass: Once again, the PC will restart. This time, you will see several boot options. Select option n. 4, this is the file Safe mode.

Now your PC will boot in safe mode. Go ahead and follow the steps below to perform a clean boot.

Clean boot PC

Step 1: Open the career dialog box by pressing Win + R keys at the same time. In the box, type msconfig e premium pulsating Log in key.

Step 2: The System Settings window will open. TO general card, make sure Load startup items The option is not selected. After deselecting the option, click To apply.

3 pass: Then open the file Services language. Here, select the file Hide all Microsoft services check box and click Disable everything option. Click on To apply button again.

Phase 4: Go to To boot language. Click on Open Task Manager option.


5 pass: When in Task ManagerYou will see a list of programs installed on your PC. Select each of these programs one at a time and click deactivate button.

When finished, restart your PC in normal mode. If the problem persists, follow the next solution.


Fix 5: run the SFC scan

The SFC command scans and repairs files on your PC that may be damaged or in need of repair. Here's how to scan:

Step 1: Press the Home button and type cmd in the start menu search box. from the results, right click Symbol of the system and click Run as administrator.

Step 2: Copy and paste the following command into the Command Prompt window, then press the key Log in key:

sfc / scannow

Let the scan run and restart your PC once it is complete.

Fix 6: run DISM scan

If the SFC scan did not resolve the execution error of another instance, try running the DISM scan. There are two types of DISM scanning. Let's start with the first:

Standard DISM scan

Step 1: Run command prompt in admin mode by following the steps of the previous method.

Step 2: Copy the following command, paste it into the command prompt, then press the key Log in button:

DISM / Online / Cleanup Image / RestoreHealth

After the scan is complete, restart your PC and check for errors. If that doesn't fix it, try the next scan.

DISM scan using the Windows installation media

Before starting this process, please note that you will only be able to run this command if you have the Windows installation media with you. It could be a flash drive or DVD.

Step 1: Insert the installation media on your PC.

Step 2: Open Command Prompt in Admin Mode as shown above,

3 pass: Type the following command and press Log in:

dism / online / cleanup-image / scanhealth

Phase 4: Again, type the following command and press Log in:

dism / online / cleanup-image / restorehealth

5 pass: The final step requires you to copy the command provided below and paste it into the Command Prompt window, but you will need to replace the X with the name of the drive where the installation media was mounted on the PC. Press Log in after that.

DISM / Online / Cleanup-Image / RestoreHealth /source:WIM:X:SourcesInstall.wim:1 / LimitAccess

Without interrupting the process, let the scan finish. When done, restart your PC and see if you still see the error Another instance running on your Windows 10 PC.

Fix 7 - End problematic process from Task Manager

You may encounter the problem Another instance is Runnin when starting or installing a specific program on your PC. For example, one of the users reported that the problem occurred while installing AutoCAD. When checked in the Task Manager, the AutoCAD process was already running. The issue was resolved after the AutoCAD process was finished. If you have a similar problem, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open Task Manager pressing the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys together.

Step 2: A Processes tab, search for processes by the name of the app you are having trouble with. When you find it, right click on it and press Final task button.

Close the Task Manager and see if the problem is resolved.

Fix 8: reinstall the problematic software

One of the ways many users got rid of this problem was by reinstalling the problematic software / app / game. You can also try to completely uninstall the software from your PC and install it again.

Fix 9: create a new user account in Windows

Many users got rid of this specific problem by creating a new user account and using it as their main account. Here's how to do it:

Step 1: Open settings application by pressing Win + me , then select the file Accounts option.

Step 2: In the new window select the file Family and other users from the left tab, then from the right pane, select the file add someone else to this PC.

3 pass: In the next window select the file I don't have the login information for this person option.

Phase 4: Now select the file Add a user without a Microsoft account from the next screen.

5 pass: Enter the new username and password, then click The next.

When the new user account is created, log out of Windows and log back in with the newly created account.

If the problem is resolved, continue using the new account.

Fix 10 - Terminate the lolpatcher process

If you are having a problem running another instance while running the League of Legends game, it could be due to lolpatcher process that starts working with the game.

To fix this, open Task Manager pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys together. Find the lolpatcher process in the process tab; When you find it, select it and click Final task button.

Fix 11: Run the netsh command

Some users have suggested that running netsh the command solved the problem for them. Here's how to run the command:

Step 1: Open Command Prompt in Administrator Mode following the steps in the methods above.

Step 2: At the command prompt, copy and paste the following command and press the key Log in key:

netsh winsock reset

After running the command, restart your PC and see if the Another running instance issue is still bothering you.

Fix 12-Run the app as administrator

If you get a problem in another instance when launching a software or game, try running it as an administrator. To do this, right-click the application icon, then select the file Run as administrator option.

Fix the 13-pointed icon on the taskbar

One of the users reported that while starting League of Legends, the game icon appeared twice on the system tray, causing another running instance to fail. To avoid this, locking the League of Legends icon on the system tray worked as a solution. If you have a similar problem with League of Legends or other apps, try following the same method.

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