Citrix Receiver Not Launching Applications? Here’s Why!

A typical Citrix environment can be complex. What might seem like a simple problem in the Citrix Receiver (renamed to Citrix Workspace App) can turn out to be very hard to troubleshoot. For instance, if a user’s Citrix Receiver is not launching applications, you need to consider a number of factors.

Many solutions involve editing the Windows Registry—a high-risk operation that, if done wrong, can have serious consequences.

Citrix Receiver not Launching Applications

Misconfigured LogoffCheckSysModules Registry Value in HKLM

When published applications don’t launch and the user doesn’t see any error message, then admins don’t see any entry that stands out in the Event Log of your Citrix server. One of the places you’ll want to check is the value of LogoffCheckSysModules. This is found in the registry subkey:


The value of this registry key should not contain the executable for the application the user is attempting to launch. If the name of the executable in question is there, create a backup of the registry key and then remove the executable’s name from the key.

Application Launch Attempts in a Published Desktop Get Disconnected

When you attempt to launch a published application from a published desktop, that action may disconnect the session of the published desktop. That’s because the Citrix receiver is configured by default to reconnect all open sessions upon launch.

To make the application launch succeed, you need to change the value of the WSCReconnectMode key from 3 to 0 in one of the following:

Application Not Given Enough Time to Launch

Some launch-related issues occur because certain applications need more time to launch. There are two registry key values you can change that might remedy the problem. Both are in the registry key:


Notice that, for these two registry key values alone, much time can be spent trying out different values. And these are just some of the many possible causes why Citrix Receiver is not launching applications.

Citrix Receiver Not Launching in Windows 10

Citrix Receiver for Windows 10 has a list of arguably smart features, however, there are several issues that constantly pop up and prevent Citrix Receiver from launching in Windows 10. For instance, launching Citrix with the regular domain user account fails to launch the desktops and applications. If your Citrix Receiver is not launching in Windows 10, mentioned below are the steps you can undertake to fix these errors.

  1. Refresh Citrix Receiver applications: Click on the drop-down next to your name in the upper-right corner of the menu, and click Refresh Apps.
  2. Allocate full permissions to the user count being used: Assign full permissions for the user account under HKEY_USERUSER_SIDSOFTWARECitrix on the client machine.
  3. Download the latest available version to prevent compatibility issues: Navigate to the Citrix Receiver icon >> Advanced Preferences >> About to check the version. Compare it with the latest available version and download a new one if it does not match.
  4. Reset the Citrix Receiver if everything else fails. This might cause accounts, apps, and cached files to be removed.
  5. Navigate to Receiver icon >> Advanced Preferences >> Reset Receiver. A prompt appears, asking if you want to reset the receiver. Click Yes, Reset Receiver and type the URL in the popup box that appears next. Enter your credentials again.

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