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Published: September 10, 2015 | Applies to:

This article shares fix for "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action" error while opening Settings in Windows 10.

After installing Windows 10, we found that some users were not able to open Settings, Display Settings, Personalize etc. Due to this they’re not able to customize settings for themselves and can’t seem to find any fix for this issue. Following is error message they got when they open either of problematic apps:

This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel.

This File Does Not Have A Program Associated With It For Performing This Action In Windows 10

Well, from the error message we can conclude that the apps/programs you’re trying to open here are broken and they’re not associating with their dependency programs. Also we can’t create any association for such programs since we’re facing issue with built-in apps. Then how do you fix this? Well, the one line answer for this question is to reinstall Windows 10 without affecting personal files and apps. However, you can try following fixes which has worked for many users:

FIX : “This File Does Not Have A Program Associated With It For Performing This Action” In Windows 10

FIX 1 – Using Windows Update/Automated Troubleshooter

Microsoft was well aware of this problem and they finally released some patched updates for it. So check for latest Cumulative Updates available on your Windows 10, and essentially install KB3081424 for fixing this issue, specifically.

You can also try the diagnostic tool which Microsoft released to fix display issues. You can download it using following link:

DOWNLOAD DIAGNOSTIC TOOL

Run the CSSEmerg67758.diagcab file and follow on-screen instructions. When you’re done with troubleshooting wizard, restart your system and check the status of issue. If it got fixed, you’re good to go. If it still persists, try FIX 2.

FIX 2 – Put Your User Account Into Administrator Group

1. Press W8K + R and type lusrmgr.msc into Run dialog box, click/tap OK to open Local Users and Groups snap-in.

This File Does Not Have A Program Associated With It For Performing This Action In Windows 10

2. Next, click/tap on Groups and then double click on Administrators in the lusrmgr window.

This File Does Not Have A Program Associated With It For Performing This Action In Windows 10

3. Moving on, click/tap on Add button in Administrative Properties window.

This File Does Not Have A Program Associated With It For Performing This Action In Windows 10

4. Then you need to provide your user account name in the next window. If you’re not sure about your user account name, click Advanced.

This File Does Not Have A Program Associated With It For Performing This Action In Windows 10

5. In the next window so appeared, click/tap Find Now -> your user name under Search results -> OK.

This File Does Not Have A Program Associated With It For Performing This Action In Windows 10

In this way, you’ve added your user account to the selection. Click/tap OK here:

This File Does Not Have A Program Associated With It For Performing This Action In Windows 10

6. Finally, you’ve added your user account to Administrative Group. Click/tap OK in Administrative Properties window.

This File Does Not Have A Program Associated With It For Performing This Action In Windows 10

Also you need remove your user account from other groups in the Local Users and Groups window by clicking/tapping a group and then hit Remove on group property sheet. Once you’re done, restart your machine and problem should be fixed permanently.

That’s it! See this fix if Store, People, Mail And Calendar Apps not working on your Windows 10.


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