Fix The Windows 10 Settings Don’t Open

Here are a few easy methods you can to help bring the Windows Settings back to life.

Fix The Windows 10 Settings Don’t Open

Sometimes, you press the shortcut keys (Windows Key + I) to open Settings, but Settings app will not launch or open. If Settings stops working, Windows becomes pretty dysfunctional. Don’t panic. It can be easily solved.

The Settings app has grown into a key feature of Windows 10. However, Settings sometimes stops working, for example, Windows can’t open Settings or Settings menu freezes/hangs after opening.

Windows 10 Settings not opening?

Reinstall the Settings App

Launch PowerShell with the rights of administrator by searching for PowerShell, right-clicking the result and choosing Run as Administrator.

Copy and paste the following command into the Windows PowerShell console:

Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

Press Enter. Exit Windows PowerShell. And restart your computer. Then, attempt to open the Settings app.

Run System File Checker

System File Checker is a utility in Windows that allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupted entries.

Open Command Prompt in admin mode via Search.
Input SFC /scannow and hit Enter. This will take some time, so wait patiently.

SFC /scannow

After finishing the scan, and restart your computer. See if Windows Settings are now working properly.

Create a New User Account

If none of the solutions above work, you might need to create a new account.

To create a new account without having to access Settings, use Command Prompt. The user can perform.

Typing searchbox ‘cmd’ and then press Open Command Prompt as administrator and type the “net user username password /add” command.

net user username password /add

and then press Enter. Replace “username” with the preferred username and “password” with your preferred password.

cmd user name

For change the newly-created account type to administrator, type the “net localgroup Administrators username /add” command and press Enter.

net localgroup Administrators username /add

Replace “username” with the new account name. Your new account will now have administrative rights.

Log into your new account and check if the problem with Windows Settings is now fixed.

Reinstall Windows 10

If Windows 10 can’t access Settings after you try all of the above methods, maybe you need to reinstall the operating system, which is the last resort.

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