Fix Windows 10 Settings not opening in Windows 10

Settings is the most important part of the Windows 10 system. If Settings is not working on your computer then that is a problem you should not neglect. Follow these easy fixes on your computer to solve this issue quickly. If clicking on the Settings icon on the taskbar isn’t working you may try these alternative apporaches~

1. Press the Windows key along with the key I to access the Settings.

2. Right-click on the Windows icon and click on the gear-shaped icon to open the Settings.


Fix 1 – Run an SFC scan

1. Press the Windows key and write “Command Prompt“.

2. After that, right-click on the “Command Prompt” in the search result. After that, click on the “Run as administrator“.


Cmd Search New


3. When the Command Prompt appears on your window, to run a System File Checker (SFC) scan, type this code and hit Enter.

sfc /scannow


Command Prompt Admin Mode Sfc Scannow Enter


This process may take 2-5 minutes.

Close the terminal and restart the system. Check the Settings.


Fix 2 – Create a new user account

You have to create a new account on your system and then try to access the Settings on your computer.

1. Press Windows key+S. Then, type “cmd“.

2. After that, right-click on the “Command Prompt” and then click on “Run as administrator“.


Cmd Search New


3. When the terminal appears on your screen, type this command and hit the ‘Enter’ key to create a new account on your system.

net user Adam password /add


Net User Add


[NOTE– Here, ‘Adam’ is the new user name of the account. Now, the ‘password’ is the password of the account. You can modify both according to your personal choice. ]

4. After executing the previous command, run this command in a similar fashion.

net localgroup administrators Adam /add


Net Adam Add


[NOTE– ‘Adam’ is the account name: as explained before. If you want you can modify according to the modification you have made previously.]

5. When the ‘The command completed successfully‘ message appears, close the CMD terminal.

Restart your computer and log in using the new account (Adam in this case).

You will be able to access the Settings again.


Fix 3 – Add Settings with PowerShell

Sometimes you may need to add the Settings using PowerShell.

1. Right-click on the Windows icon. After that, you need to choose “Windows PowerShell(Admin)“.


Win + X Windows Powershell (admin)


2. When the PowerShell appears, simply copy the below mentioned-code and hit Enter.

PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Command "& {$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage *immersivecontrolpanel*).InstallLocation + '\AppxManifest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest}"


Powershell Settings Add


Upon executing the code, close the window and reboot your computer.


Fix 4 – Check for Windows Update

Check for pending Windows Update on your computer.

1. Log in to your computer using the new account.

2. After that, press Windows key+I.

3. After that, click on the “Update & Security”.


Update & Security Min


4. After that, click on “Check for updates“.


Check For Updates


Check if any updates are pending or not. Once the update process is over try to log in with your original account and check Settings is working or not.


Fix 5 – Run Windows Apps troubleshooter

Running Windows Apps troubleshooter will solve the issue.

1. Download the Windows Apps troubleshooter on your computer.




2. When it is downloaded, double click on the “Appsdiagonstic10.diagcab” file.


Apps Dc


3. What you need to next is to follow the on-screen instructions.


Next 2


Let Windows fix the problem itself.


Fix 6 – Reset Windows 10

If you can’t access the Settings from any of the accounts there is none option except to reset your device.

1. Shut down your device.

2. Then, boot up your system again. At the moment you see the manufacturer’s logo has appeared on the screen, press the power button to shut down your computer.

3. Again start it up and force shut down it.

Repeat these steps 3 times. At the time of booting up, you will notice that Automatic Repair has appeared.


4. In the Automatic Repair window, click on the “Advanced options“.


Autoatic Repair Adaced Optios


5. Click on the “Troubleshoot” to start the troubleshooting process.




6. To reset your device you have to choose the “Reset this PC” option.


Reset This Pc


7. Here you will notice two options~

a. Refresh your PC– If you want to retain all your files after refreshing the device, choose this option (recommended).

b. Reset your PC– Choosing this option will reset the whole device.


Refresh Fix The Drive Where Windows Is Installed Is Locked Windows 10 Error


All you need to do is to wait for Windows to reset your device. Once it is complete, you will be able to access the Settings once again.

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  1. None of these worked for me and none of the options (other than cmd prompt) work for me in the recovery enviroment. I have to “‘fix”‘ my pc at least 60 percent of the time on a restart. It won’t even let me make a disc image. lol
    The only way I found to get into the display setting (which is what I needed) was to use C:\Windows\SysWOW64\DpiScaling.exe
    Nnow everytime Ii use a capital letter it is followed by the lower case one as you can see in this sentence. Mmy dism and sfc’s always come out clean. Ii spend way more time working on my PC than I do “‘working on my PC”. 🙂 BTW, must be a stuck key on those cap issues. Ddoesn’t happen on cap lock.

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