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Settings app is there to manage your overall Windows 10 operating system. Learn how to fix, if Settings app not working in Windows 10, in this article.

We all know that Settings app is the heart of Windows 10. Without Settings app, it would be quite difficult or seems impossible to manage your Windows 10 operating system. So what if suddenly you realize that Settings app is no longer opening? Or if Settings app opens, but it doesn’t displays the particular setting section you want to configure. In some cases, you might observe Settings app opens and crashes or minimizes itself.

Recommended: How to hide or display sections in Settings app via Group Policy.

Well, to answer above mentioned problems, this article is for you. See, if other apps are not working, you can easily reset them via Settings app. But in this case, the problem is itself with the Settings app and thus the repair method can’t be applied.

FIX Settings App Not Working In Windows 10

Here are couple of fixes that you can try, when Settings app is not working on your Windows 10:

FIX: Settings App Not Working In Windows 10

FIX 1 – Re-register Settings App Via PowerShell

1. Open administrative Windows PowerShell. For this, simply right click Start Button or press W8K + X keys and select Windows PowerShell (Admin). You can also search for Windows PowerShell using Cortana and right click the same from results and select Run as administrator.

2. Next, in the PowerShell window, type/paste following cmdlet and press Enter key.

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name windows.immersivecontrolpanel | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose}

FIX Settings App Not Working In Windows 10

3. Let the command complete. Close Windows PowerShell and reboot the machine. After restarting your system, see if you can launch the Settings app now.

FIX 2 – By Creating New User Account Via LUSRMGR

Yet another possibility for this problem is that your account is having issues in opening Settings app. So you can create another user account via LUSRMGR snap-in. Here’s how:

1. Press W8K + R and type lusrmgr.msc in Run dialog box to open Local Users and Groups snap-in. Click OK.

Local Users and Groups

2. In the lusrmgr window, right click Users and select New user.

FIX Settings App Not Working In Windows 10

3. Moving on, fill the new user required information and click Create.

FIX Settings App Not Working In Windows 10

4. One the new user account is created, sign-out from your account and sign-in to new user account. If Settings app working fine on your newly created account, move your content to new user account and start using it now.

Else, if you still have issue, simply repair Windows 10 via in-place upgrade and problem should be solved by that.

Hope something helps!

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19 Comments

  • FIX 1 – Re-register Settings App Via PowerShell worked for me, no rebooting required. Thank you!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad we could help 😎

  • Fix 1 worked perfectly thank you so much.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Happy to help 😊

  • multipe issues with this: I was asked to ‘Supply values for the following parameters:
    Path:
    Register:’
    I have no idea what to enter.

  • Cannot use lusrmgr.msc option for my version of Windows 10, and I cannot create new user via control panel as the pop-up settings windows are either blank or in operative using Mouse. Stuck !!!

    If I refresh or reset Windows 10 – which seems the only, option – the problem is that I don’t have a disc as it was pre-installed.
    Al this problem as Settings window will not open… arrgggghhh.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ You can get Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft and perform in-place upgrade: https://www.kapilarya.com/how-to-repair-windows-10-using-in-place-upgrade

  • This doesn’t working :( How many times I tried but still Settings App can’t be open.

  • wow it worked,thanx for the tip :-)

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad it worked for you!

  • Reregistering Settings didn’t work for me:

    PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name windows.immersivecontrolpanel | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -Disabl
    eDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose}
    VERBOSE: Performing the operation “Register package” on target “C:\Windows\ImmersiveControlPanel\AppXManifest.xml”.
    Add-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CF9, Install failed. Please contact your software vendor.
    (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80073CF9)
    error 0x490: Unable to update the status for package
    windows.immersivecontrolpanel_10.0.2.1000_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy (Clear=0x0, Set=0x400).
    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] a7192d20-7b2a-0008-8d81-19a72a7bd401 in the Event Log or use
    the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID a7192d20-7b2a-0008-8d81-19a72a7bd401
    At line:1 char:74
    + … | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.I …
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (C:\Windows\Imme…ppXManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], IOException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

    VERBOSE: Operation completed for: C:\Windows\ImmersiveControlPanel\AppXManifest.xml

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Try FIX 2.

  • Thank You Kapil

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ You’re most welcome!

  • I tried both of the those fixes, but none of them work…

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Please try repair upgrade: https://www.kapilarya.com/how-to-repair-windows-10-using-in-place-upgrade

  • FIX 3: I sometimes use my monitor in extended mode with my laptop (the two screens side by side act like one big screen), but most of the time I don’t – but I left my display settings in extended mode because I was lazy. When I clicked on settings, it showed up on the taskbar (on my monitor), but the window opened on the laptop display – but I had the laptop closed so I couldn’t see it. Duh! I thought I had the problem described here. Once I figured out what I had done, I opened the laptop and could see the settings window, I changed my display settings to monitor only so I don’t mess with my own head in the future.

  • I tried four other fixes first, none of which worked, the most frustrating on involving download a nonexistent file from Microsoft. I’m unused to typing that carefully but your solution worked like a charm, first time. Mucho gracias!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad to help Michael 😎

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