How to fix Windows 10 Settings won’t open

The Settings app on Windows 10 contains essential settings and settings that were once part of the Control Panel. Many of these options have been completely removed from the Control Panel app which means there is no other way to access them. The Settings app is a basic, essential app on Windows 10.

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If you cannot open the Settings app on Windows 10, you will find that you are blocked from most essential settings, including managing notifications for apps, managing permissions for apps, managing storage space, and changing your desktop background, among other things. things.

If the app refuses to open or crashes when it opens, try a few different ways to open it.

  • Start menu: Open the Start menu and click on the gear icon above the power button.
  • Keyboard Abbreviation: Use the Win + I keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app.
  • Windows Search: Enter Options in the Windows search bar and select the Settings app from the search results.
  • Running box: Tap on the Win + R keyboard shortcut to open the run box. In the Runbox, enter ms-settings: and tap on enter.
  • Command Prompt / PowerShell: Open either Command Prompt or PowerShell with admin rights and enter ms-settings: in it. Tap in and the Settings app will open.

If the Settings app does not open or stays open using the methods above, move to the settings listed below.

1. Run SFC scan

The Settings app is the main app on Windows 10. If it does not open, or crashes, it appears to be corrupting system files. It’s best to scan and repair your system.

  1. Open Command Prompt with administrative rights.
  2. Run this command: sfc /scannow
  3. Let the scan finish any problems it can.
  4. Restart the system.

2. Reset default apps

Windows 10 allows users to remove some of the default apps. In theory, this should not cause a problem but it can. If you have installed a default force that will not allow you to uninstall Windows 10, this may be why the Settings app crashes or why it does not open. Reinstall the default apps to fix the problem.

  1. Open PowerShell with admin rights.
  2. Run this command: powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $Env:SystemRootImmersiveControlPanelAppxManifest.xml
  3. Restart the system when the command is running.

3. Use a DISM tool

The SFC scan can fix some, but not all, problems with system files. Where it fails, the DISm tool can fill the gap.

  1. Open Command Prompt with administrative rights.
  2. Run this command: DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
  3. Reboot the system when the command completes.

4. New user account

If the Settings app has not yet opened, you should create a new user account. Your current account seems to have other problems besides the Settings app not opening / closing and they will appear later.

  1. Open Command Prompt with administrative rights.
  2. Run the following command but enter the name you want to give to the account and PASSWORD instead of USERNAME.

net user /add USERNAME and PASSWORD

  1. Once the account is created, use the following command to grant it administrative rights. Replace USERNAME with the name you used in the previous step.

net localgroup administrators USERNAME /add

  1. Log out and log in with the new account.
  2. The Settings app will open.


Basic OS problems on Windows 10 are very rare but once they start appearing, as in this case, it is often better to create a new account. There will be other problems down the line and maybe the Settings app is just the beginning. If you have the time, consider reinstalling Windows 10 or performing a new one.

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