How Do I Fix Settings App Not Opening Or Working In Windows 10?

After the various updates in Windows 10, many users are experiencing difficulty in open settings app in their windows. Some of the users couldn’t open settings app while in some of the cases the app was misbehaving. Although the updates have included many other features in settings app it has also created problems for some users.  As this problem is reported by most of the users, many of them couldn’t make changes to their PC which can be made through settings app only.

If you are also facing the same issue and are looking for a permanent fix for this issue. then you have surely landed on the right page.

How To Fix Windows Settings Not Opening Completely?

Here in this blog post, we are going to mention fully working methods to fix this windows setting not opening issues. Let’s start:-

1. Check If Your Settings App Is Disabled

Although your settings are always enabled but sometimes may get disabled. If you ever shared your PC screen with someone then you might have disabled it for safety purposes and then forgot to enable it again. Here are the steps to enable settings on your windows.

  1. Press Windows + R button to open the dialog box.
  2. Type Gpedit.msc  and press enter. This will open the local group policy editor on your screen.
  3.  Follow this path at the local group policy editor:-
  4. User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel
  5. On the extreme right side of your screen search for Prohibit access to Control Panel and PC Settings policy entry.
  6. After double-clicking on the above-mentioned policy entry. You will see a dialog box with properties.
  7. In the dialog box of properties select to enable the option and then click on APPLY. You are good to go now.

2. Try Fixing It With Command Prompt

  1. Launch Command Prompt By typing CMD in the Run dialog box.
  2. Type the command wuauclt.exe /updatenow and press enter.
  3. Now you have to restart your system and then open the command prompt again similarly.
  4. Create a new user admin by entering this command in the command prompt.                            net user <username> <password> /add, then net localgroup administrators <username> /add  <username> and <password> . Here you have to enter the username and password of your own.
  5. Logout from your PC and enter it using new credentials after restarting it.

3. Try Microsoft Safety Scanner

This issue is not that big and can also be simply fixed by using a Microsoft safety scanner. This tool can be used in the following simple steps:-

  1. You need to download the Microsoft Safety scanner first.
  2. Complete the installation by following steps on your screen.
  3. Run a scan and this application will automatically detect and fix any such issues on your PC.
  4. Wait till the process finishes and then restart your PC.
  5. Now you can check if the issue is still there.

4. Reset Settings App In Windows

If you are able to open settings app but it is not working well then you can try resetting this application. Here are the simple steps that you can follow to reset the settings app.

  1. Open Run dialog box by pressing Windows +R button.
  2.  Type SETTINGS in the dialog box.
  3. When you see settings app on your screen, right-click on it and then click on app settings.
  4. You will advanced settings page of the settings page.
  5. You have to click on the reset button displayed on your screen.
  6. Confirm the resetting by clicking on the reset button again.

5. Re-Install The Settings Application

Settings is just like another app in your PC and can be Re-Installed also. So, you can also try re-installing this application To fix this issue.

  1. Run Powershell as an administrator on your PC. You have to click yes when you get a user account control prompt.
  2. To re-install the settings app you have to copy and paste this command in the window and then press Enter to reinstall the app.

Get-AppXPackage | foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode – Register                               “$($_.InstallLocation) \AppXManifest.xml”}



We have listed 5 fixes for this settings app not opening in windows issue in this list. We have tried our best to list out working methods only. If you still have doubts regarding this issue or your issue has not been resolved by applying these methods. Then please discuss with us in the comments section. We will surely help you there. Cheers!

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