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 does not open

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.

control-panel-pc-settings

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.

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.

See this if you get Broken Change PC Settings link after upgrading to Windows 8.1, and this one if Control Panel will not open.

UPDATE: Please read comment by NimBold below. It seems to be working for many. He recommends the following. Open CMD and copy-paste the following:

powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $Env:SystemRoot\ImmersiveControlPanel\AppxManifest.xml

Hit Enter. Restart your computer.

Posted by on , in Category Windows with Tags
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.
  • 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 😀

  • 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 😀

  • Richard H. Shores

    Worked perfectly…thanks for sharing the fix! 😀

  • 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.

  • Storm

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.3.9600]

    (c) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:UsersStormRegalia>powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage –

    DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $Env:SystemRootImmersiveControlPanelAppxManif

    est.xml

    Add-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CF6, Package could

    not be registered.

    error 0x80070241: Failed to load the extension DLL due to the following error:

    Windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file. A recent hardware

    or software change might have installed a file that is signed incorrectly or

    damaged, or that might be malicious software from an unknown source.

    .

    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId]

    7ad1924b-d443-0000-d299-d17a43d4cf01 in the Event Log or use the command line

    Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 7ad1924b-d443-0000-d299-d17a43d4cf01

    At line:1 char:1

    + Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register

    $Env:SystemRootImmersiveContr …

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

    ~~~

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

    tring) [Add-AppxPackage], IOException

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

    nager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

    HELP

  • Mohsin Ali

    I am facing that error on my 8.1 after completion of system verification
    Please tell me What I do Now, I need a serious help

    Windows resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of
    them. Details are included in the CBS.Log windirLogsCBSCBS.log. For example
    C:WindowsLogsCBSCBS.log. Note that loggin in currently not supported in offline servicing scenarios.

  • mmt

    me too.

    anyone help !

  • Thomas Maher

    got this problem by installing windows 10 preview on my second hard drive and now cant open settings on windows 8.1 pro but can open settings on windows 10 preview and also settin gs sync from windows 10 to windows 8.1 dk if that has any effect

  • Thomas Maher

    im missing this whole folder somehow

    what should i do?

    “%programdata%MicrosoftWindowsStart MenuPrograms

  • Thomas Maher

    thx worked fixed it so now it opens and now opens the way windows 10 has it lol jsut what i thought happened lol

  • Arnold0

    Worked with Windows 10 preview where PC setting could’nt open. Thanks :)

  • Bill

    Wish I could liek but YAY! hours of searching finally!!!!

  • Boltpn VPN .

    I just installed Nvidia 344.11 drivers and had this problem until I uninstalled them and reverted back to the driver I had before the install and everything is normal now. These drivers are corrupting the resources for the system. They are suppose the be certified windows drivers too. Yea right!

  • http://about.me/GLComputing GLComputing

    Is that the current build from the Nvidia site? I haven’t had this issue is quite some time

  • Guest

    Gracias por el aporte… Solucioné mi problema…

  • Stan

    Thank you so much for the fix Nimbold!!!!! Legend!

  • Jason Itfc Pilbury

    Wow man! thanks! it worked! I couldnt open the Settings app used that what you suggested and it worked!

  • BrianS

    I used a clean installed 8.1 Enterprise and couldn’t access the PC Settings. Just flashed back to desktop. I ran NimBold’s powershell script and voila. Everything is working. WTF Windows! How did they screw this up…… Thanks NimBold. Awesome find.

  • thaiha

    worked like a charm , many thanks

  • ajay

    copy and paste in cmd

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

  • Romeo

    I did all that and when I click pc setting it opens very briefly and disappears

  • Pedro de Almeida

    Txs, NimBold!
    Pity that these shitty versions of Windows need this kind of repairs to work….

  • Vikas Kumar

    Worked like a charm. Found this post after hours of searching. Thanks a ton NimBold.

  • Dick John Grayson-Wayne

    If It doesn’t work with anything check for optional updates I’m doing it now to check if it works.

  • SonOfConstantDiligence

    This also worked for me. Thanks NimBold, i don’t know where you figured this out but thank you. :)

  • NimBold

    Thank you all for kind words :)
    actually i had this problem too, and somehow i found that CMD method working for me. the original thanks goes to the link i visited that day. (unfortunately didn’t found it after searching again)
    i just did a copy past.

  • Gau

    This fixed my issue after I upgraded my Win10 TP to Build 9860. Thanks a lot!

  • Khadka Chandra

    this is very nice .it worked so well. i was blessed that i found this post within 2 hours of the problem.thanks to the person

  • Petrus Ali Saputra

    Worked for me on W10
    Many thanks

  • ccc

    thanks and i love you forever

  • farhan sufiyan

    100% worked like charm thank u very much can u please tell how to avoid damages like this

  • NimBold

    Hi. thanks for your kind words :)
    i found the solution above by searching and of course i don’t have enough knowledge in computer/net stuff. so, i guess every time this kind of problems happen we should do a research again 😀

  • Joaquim Thomas

    i could hug you man and kiss you. thanks alot

  • Seraphim Sings

    I couldn’t understand your instructions but finally figured out what you were trying to say.

    The main key is for some of us (me included) every other fix mentioned out there on the Internet, even this site, does NOT WORK.

    You gave another solution to our problem by seeing the lost link between the “Change My PC Settings” and the destination it is supposed to point to.

    Copy the “PC SETTINGS” icon from C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuPrograms

    and paste it into

    C:UsersWHATEVER “YOUR” USER NAME ISAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsSystem Tools

    and wha-lah,…you have just added the missing target.

    Now go to your famous Windows 8 right hand menu with all the Search Share Start icon and click on Settings and then “Change PC Settings” and hopefully it now works!!!!!!!!

  • Devon Harding

    This page is jesus. Thanks for the fix. And info about stuff i never knew about.

  • juki

    Number 1….
    this is the ultimate fix!!! you rock NimBold

  • Austin Alexander

    How about removing WINDOZE and installing LINUX?

  • Yannah Abby

    Thank you so much NimBold! THE BEST!

  • Muhri

    Thank you for your solutions, that command in CMD worked on me too. :)

  • Kakaroch

    nice fix :)

  • scott

    you sir are the man

  • thethinwhiteduke

    Result.

    You’re a superstar!

    Thanks.

  • Sparky

    NimBold, you are The Man! Thanks very much!!

  • Senthil

    yo bro…you are genius…. Even Windows supportdont have solution for this. You made it… Thanks a ton bro.. (y)

  • JayPeg

    legend! worked for me

  • Aiman Syawal

    it doesn’t work for my pc :(

  • NimBold

    sorry to hear that :(
    try article and comments solution and i hope it will work for you :)

  • Umaish

    powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $Env:SystemRootImmersiveControlPanelAppxManifest.xml WRITE THIS IN CMD….. IT WORKS 100 PERCENT

  • david hosseiny

    Nimbold’s way worked for me without restart. thank you man

  • Khalid

    its works…………thanks

  • bhagu

    Thank you so much.It’s working for me

  • john

    well iv used what nimbold said in cmd and it dont work all i get is c:windowssystem32>

  • Sportster Paul

    I discovered I was missing the PC settings shortcut. I followed the simple instructions on these 2 webpages to install and enable it. For the 1st time since I upgraded to 8.1 I can access PC Settings every which way but loose. I hope that helps others with the same problem.
    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/change-pc-settings-does-not-open-windows
    http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/42001-pc-settings-fix-restore-windows-8-1-a.html

  • Sportster Paul
  • JDragon

    one word: MAJESTIC

  • Hello Simsimi

    THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!! IT WORKED!!! :DDDDD AFTER 15 MONTHS!!!!

  • Jeroen Verhoeven

    The fix NimBold suggested works like a charm. Only i have to apply it after every reboot…………….

  • sachin

    worked for me…..:)

  • Doda

    Not works for me Nimbold…

  • Ruka Health Fitness

    The only thing that worked for me was the powershell script from NimBold. Thank you so much!

  • Mohamed Ib Shekeew

    big thanks.
    you are more helpful than microsoft itself :)

  • james huffer

    OMG THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH. I have been searching the internet and contacting Microsoft, but none of worked. HOWEVER THIS DID!!!!!

    Thanks NimBold!!!

  • Santosh Vishwakarma

    Thanks a lot, My problem has been solved

  • countyee

    IMPORTANT! This just happened to me, which I think was related to a recent app update. I tried all the various fixes mentioned here and elsewhere, which didn’t work, and was almost ready to refresh my computer when I read NimBold’s comment and fix. Figured I had nothing to lose, so tried it and it worked great! Thanks NimBold! This information should be at the top of this discussion, so people can try it FIRST!

  • Ashok Suthar

    Worked for me too…. Thanks a lot :)

  • daniel

    neat

  • Nyanaguru Sivapalan

    wow…… it worked tq so much sir…..

  • Dom

    powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $Env:SystemRootImmersiveControlPanelAppxManifest.xml
    this worked for me thank you NimBold

  • Dom

    this worked for me in CMD from app search
    thanks NimBold

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

  • Roy Mustang (Colonel Bastard)

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I have been having this problem for over half year and before that my battery basically imploded and I had to buy a new one for 90 to 150 dollars and it got this problem after all of that and I couldn’t use ANY of my Windows 8.1 apps and I couldn’t open PC settings but thanks to you and your kindness I have it all fixed and I am truly grateful to you sir~! ^v^

  • baxx farch

    Thank you, it worked for me

  • Sanjeev Nawal

    this worked , i cant thank you enough

  • potato

    thx worked

  • Chloe

    this saved me!

  • Melford

    same here…. it shows a red font after i enter the command

  • http://www.k00st0ch.com k00stoch

    So the sollution is reset windows what a help…..

  • Amos De Tan

    OMG! it works!

  • Brideep

    thank you very much NIMBOLD

  • Donuts

    ty. worked for me. i think some cleaners, like advanced system care, broke my modern cp, idk.

  • Bunkshyde

    NimBold….you are a GENIUS – there’s no other work for it! I have been researching this problem for several months and have tried lots of pointless suggestions. Today I found your posting here and IT WORKS. Thank you, thank you thank you. All my PC Settings screens work again and I can finally clear the annoying message in the Action Centre which highlighted the problem in the first place. EVERYTHING works again. Thanks

  • Christopher Rodney Santos

    Thank you @nimbold:disqus , you’re a life saver :)

  • smita

    same problem here also…what to do.please help..

  • jim

    why the hell do we need to do all this? I just want a OS that works or is at least maintained by the creators. I don’t want to be a computer programmer just to enable the password on pc settings.

  • Osvaldo Gonzalez

    THANKS!!
    2 weeks i’ve been searching for solutions
    and thanks to you, it is solved.
    thanks again.

  • kahsay

    Thanks ….you saved my time
    .

  • andrew

    when i dot the recovery from troubleshoot it tells me that the part fo the c drive is locked

  • andrew

    *do

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