Fix: Change PC Settings does not open in Windows 8 / 8.1

There have been cases reported where for some users, Change PC Settings option will not open in Windows 8.1 or Windows 8. Here are a few troubleshooting steps you may want to try, and see if something helps you.

change pc settings Fix: Change PC Settings does not open in Windows 8 / 8.1

Change PC Settings does not open

When you open the Charms Bar and click on Settings > Change PC settings link, you may find that nothing happens and you are taken back to your Start Screen. First make sure that your copy of Windows is activated and then try some of these troubleshooting steps.

1] Take your mouse pointer to the bottom left corner, right-click to open the WinX menu and select Command Prompt (Admin). Type sfc /scannow to run the System File Checker. The System File Checker will check for corrupted files and replace them if any corruptions are found. You may be required to reboot your PC.

2] Boot Windows 8 in Safe Mode and see if you are able to access PC Settings. If so great, use this opportunity to Refresh or Reset PC.

3] Open Control Panel and then All Control Panel Items > Recovery.

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Click on the If you’re experiencing problems… link and see if PC Setting opens. If yes, nice, if not too bad.

4] Via the Control Panel, create a new User Account and see if you are able to access PC Settings.

5] PC Settings is a Modern UI app, so check if you are able to open other Metro apps or not. If not, you may have to reset Windows Apps registry & file permissions to default values.

6] See if you can access your System Restore Points. Open the WinX Menu, click on Run, type rstrui.exe and hit Enter to open the System Restore Manager. If you can try to revert your PC back to a good old restore point.

7] Sometimes some third-party software has also been found to be the cause for the problem. nView Desktop Manager is one such example. You may want to uninstall such software and see if that helps.

8] If you are facing this problem after upgrading to Windows 8.1, then you may want to see this post on how to fix broken Change PC Settings link after upgrading to Windows 8.1.

9] Since you cannot open PC Settings, you will have to follow this procedure to Refresh or Reset PC. Press F8 while booting the system to go into Windows Recovery Menu. Click on Troubleshoot.

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Click on Refresh your PC or Reset your PC to start the process. Make sure that you have backed up your data and files before starting this repair process.

Hope something helps!

UPDATE: Please read comment by NimBold below. It seems to be working for many.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • http://about.me/GLComputing GLComputing

    I reported a video bug that causes this to Microsoft and NVidia… NV have been working with me to resolve it. I have a beta that does fix it, but raised a couple more issues they need to fix before release.

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    Thank you for your inputs. Lets hope Microsoft / NVidia releases a hotfix soonest.

  • http://about.me/GLComputing GLComputing

    I’m currently testing a new build (more than 10 since we started) … it fixes the original issue, but still has a couple of other fails that needs fixing before release. Turning off the Nview Desktop Manager should stop the problem in the mean time

  • Mohsin Javed

    thank you, thank you again
    this solved my problem :D

  • Rania Gabra

    When I copy the shortcut to programs folder it copies as immersive control panel. Still doesn’t work

  • NimBold

    enter this in cmd:

    powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $Env:SystemRootImmersiveControlPanelAppxManifest.xml

    worked for me.

  • Ta Here

    It worked for me :) ty

  • Brandon Phyle

    Many days of searching dozens of threads; this was the solution. Infinite thanks, NimBold

  • NimBold

    happy to hear this man :)

  • NimBold

    you’re welcome, it was my problem too ;)

  • AV

    Gr8. It worked fine

  • IBSflightcases

    lifesaver thank you so much

  • NimBold

    ;)

  • yassine

    works gre8 thankssssssssssssssssssssss

  • NimBold

    welcome :)

  • Mich

    thank you!!!!!!

  • NimBold

    ;)

  • Owen

    You Sir are the most helpful person ever. Im really happy I have had this problem for a good 4 months (which has felt like forever) you are amazing. If you live in the uk i will buy u a drink sometime once again thanks mate you have made my day well its night time but yeah you are really helpful. :) I don’t think anyone has ever helped me as much as you Thank You Thank You Thank You your better than the microsoft live support operators :D

  • Richard H. Shores

    Worked perfectly…thanks for sharing the fix! :D

  • NimBold

    np man ;)

  • http://www.onlinein48hours.com.au AaronLutze

    Thank you for this! This is the reason I always scroll down and read comments! The actual web tutorial didn’t work but your comment did.

  • Pex nukez

    what does cmd mean

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    Command Prompt. You can open it via the WinX Power Menu. Right-click the start button in Windows 8.1 to see it.

  • NimBold

    happy to hear it man :)

  • Ben

    Went through all the steps including pressing F8, none of them work. I miss the old days where I could just stick the OS disk in and format it clean. That worked 100% of the time. With this by the time I need it the options don’t work.

  • WacoJohn

    Thank you, NimBold. Solved my problem too.

  • Guest

    it doesn’t work for me.. some error happens

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.3.9600]

    (c) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:Windowssystem32>powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage -Di

    sableDevelopmentMode -Register $Env:SystemRootImmersiveControlPanelAppxManifes

    t.xml

    Add-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CF6, Package could not

    be registered.

    error 0xC0020017: windows.licensing failed to start WSService. Try again and co

    ntact the package publisher if the problem persists.

    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] bdc9164a-c6b6-0001-b628

    -c9bdb6c6cf01 in the Event Log or use the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID

    bdc9164a-c6b6-0001-b628-c9bdb6c6cf01

    At line:1 char:1

    + Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $Env:SystemRootImmersiveCo

    ntr …

    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    ~~~

    + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (C:WindowsImme…ppxManifest.xml:S

    tring) [Add-AppxPackage], IOException

    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageMa

    nager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

    C:Windowssystem32>

  • Dorian Tomašinec

    it doesn’t work for me.. some error happens

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.3.9600]

    (c) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:Windowssystem32>powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage -Di

    sableDevelopmentMode -Register $Env:SystemRootImmersiveControlPanelAppxManifes

    t.xml

    Add-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CF6, Package could not

    be registered.

    error 0xC0020017: windows.licensing failed to start WSService. Try again and co

    ntact the package publisher if the problem persists.

    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] bdc9164a-c6b6-0001-b628

    -c9bdb6c6cf01 in the Event Log or use the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID

    bdc9164a-c6b6-0001-b628-c9bdb6c6cf01

    At line:1 char:1

    + Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $Env:SystemRootImmersiveCo

    ntr …

    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    ~~~

    + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (C:WindowsImme…ppxManifest.xml:S

    tring) [Add-AppxPackage], IOException

    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageMa

    nager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

    C:Windowssystem32>

  • Dorian Tomašinec

    same here

  • Mimi Gentz

    I too had this problem too but it was accompanied with an error about the c:windowssystem32wintypes.dll file. So I grabbed a copy of wintypes.dll from another Windows 8.1 machine, and copied it over. I followed these instructions (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929833#manually repair) to copy over the dll, as I was getting permission/access errors when trying to copy over it via file explorer. And now I can see PC settings and other modern apps that weren’t showing up.

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