Settings Dialog Not Opening in Windows 10? 10 ways to fix

The Settings app is crucial for configuring and managing various aspects of Windows 10. You’ll need it for everything from uninstalling apps, adjusting device-related settings, to installing operating system updates.

Of course, you can still use the Control Panel in Windows 10. But Microsoft continues to phase out the program in favor of the Settings app, so it no longer offers full control over your PC.

So if the Settings app won’t open on your Windows 10 computer or crashes quickly, fix it right away. The list of troubleshooting tips below should help you with that.

1. Re-register Settings app in Windows 10

If the Settings dialog box does not open or disappears from view immediately after launch, you must register it again by running a specific command through Windows PowerShell.

1. Press Windows X to open the main user menu. Then type Windows PowerShell

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

Get-AppXPackage -Name Windows.Immersivecontrolpanel | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

3. Press Enter

4. Exit Windows PowerShell.

5. Restart your computer. Then try to open the Settings app.

2. Reinstall and re-register all Windows apps

Supposing re-registering the Settings app didn’t work, then your next action should be to re-register all default Windows apps on your PC. That requires running a different command, but through a Windows PowerShell console with administrative privileges.

1. Enter the main user menu and select Windows PowerShell (administrator)

2. Copy and paste the following command:

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

3. Press Enter

4. Wait for Windows PowerShell to finish re-registering each stock app. That should take about 5-10 minutes.

5. Exit the Windows PowerShell console and restart your computer.

3. Run the System File Checker

If the Settings app still refuses to open or closes automatically on startup, you should check for corrupted system files and repair them in Windows 10. You can use the System File Checker Command Line Tool to help you with that.

1. Open an elevated Windows PowerShell console.

2. Type the following command:

sfc /scannow

3. Press Enter

If the System File Checker does not detect or resolve any issues, run the utility repeatedly a total of three times before continuing.

4. Run Image Servicing and Management Tool deployment

The DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) command-line tool helps diagnose and resolve operating system stability issues. You should run it regardless of whether the System File Checker manages to fix any errors or not.

1. Open an elevated Windows PowerShell console.

2. Type the following command and press Enter

DISM /Online /Clean-Image /CheckHealth

3. If the above command revealed operating system issues, run the two commands below in the order they appear:

  • DISM /Online /Cleaning-image /ScanHealth
  • DISM /Online /Clean-Image /RestoreHealth

Completing the last command in the DISM tool can take up to an hour. If the progress indicator seems to get stuck, be patient.

5. Update Windows 10 with Windows PowerShell

The latest Windows 10 updates come with plenty of bug fixes that help resolve persistent operating system issues. If the Settings app does not open in Windows 10, you should update the operating system immediately. You can rely on the following Windows PowerShell-based workaround for that.

1. Open an elevated Windows PowerShell console.

2. Type the following command and press Enter

Installation module PSWindowsUpdate

3. Wait for Windows PowerShell to finish installing the module needed to update the operating system.

4. Type Get-WindowsUpdate and press Enter to search for available updates, along with the relevant KB (Knowledge Base) IDs.

5. Run the following command to install all available updates:

Install-WindowsUpdate

You can also use an alternate command to install specific updates. Replacement KB_Identifier If necessary:

Get-WindowsUpdate -KBArticleID “KB_Identifier” -Install

After Windows PowerShell has finished updating Windows 10, restart your computer and check if the Settings app is working properly.

6. Run Windows Troubleshooters from Control Panel

If you’re still having trouble opening the Settings dialog box on your computer, try running the built-in troubleshooters for Windows Store apps and Windows Update.

1. Press Windows s to open Windows Search. Then type Control panel and select Open

2. Set up View by until big icons

3. Select Solving a problem

4. Select the View all option at the top left of the window. That should bring up a list of built-in troubleshooters in Windows 10.

5. Select the Windows Store apps troubleshooter at the bottom of the list. Then select Next and follow all on-screen instructions to resolve any issues it detects.

If you were unable to update the operating system using Windows PowerShell before, run the Windows Update problem solver.

7. Scan Windows 10 for malware

Malicious software can hijack Windows 10 and prevent essential applications, such as the Settings app, from working properly. You can start an anti-malware scan with Windows Security.

1. Select the Windows Security icon in the system tray.

2. Select Virus & Threat ProtectionScan options

3. Choose the Quick scan option and select Scan now

If Windows security can’t find a problem, you need to follow by a Full scan and a Microsoft Defender Offline Scan† Or use a special malware removal tool like Malwarebytes for a more intensive and thorough scan of your entire computer. For more information, read how to remove stubborn malware in Windows 10.

8. Use System Restore to Restore Windows 10

if you have before set up system restore in Windows 10you have the option to roll back the OS to a time when the Settings app worked without any issues.

1. Press Windows R to open the Run box. Then type sysdm.cpl and select Okay

2. Switch to the System security tab and select System recovery

3. In the System Restore wizard that appears, select: Next one

4. Choose a restore point and select Next one

5. Follow the remaining on-screen instructions to restore Windows 10 to an earlier state.

9. Create a new Windows 10 user account

Severely corrupted user profile is another reason why Settings app won’t open or function properly. The solution: create a new user account.

However, you cannot use the Settings app to set up or manage accounts, so you have to rely on various Windows PowerShell commands to deal with it.

1. Open an elevated PowerShell console.

2. Type $Password = Read-Host -AsSecureString and press Enter† Then type the password you want to add to the account you are about to create and press Enter again.

3. Run the following command string after making the necessary changes to: User nameFull_Usernameand Account_Description

New-LocalUser “User_Name” -Password $Password -FullName “Full_User_Name” -Description “Account_Description”

4. Finish setting up the account as an administrator by running the following command. Replacement User name corresponding:

Add-LocalGroupMember -Group “Administrators” -Member “Username”

5. Open the Get started menu, select your profile portrait and switch to the newly created user account. Follow by logging in.

Try opening the Settings app. If you can, you should move your data to the new user account. To do that, open File Explorer and go to Local Disk (C:)Users† Then copy and paste the contents of your old user account folder into the new account folder.

You can also go to Settings bills to sign in with your Microsoft account if you wish.

10. Reset Windows 10 to factory settings

If none of the above solutions worked, you are probably dealing with a serious underlying issue in the Settings app that can only be fixed by doing a factory reset of Windows 10. It is possible to keep personal data intact despite deleting everything else, but we recommend create a Windows 10 backup before continuing.

1. Open the Start menu. Then select Current Restarting while holding down the Shift key to restart your computer into the Windows Recovery Environment.

2. Select Resolving problems Reset this PC

3. Select Save my files and follow all on-screen instructions to complete the reset procedure.

Refer to this guide for detailed step-by-step instructions to: reset Windows 10 to factory settings

After the factory reset procedure, the Settings dialog should open and work normally again in Windows 10.

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