Windows 10 Settings not opening or working

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  1. 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.

  2. 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

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

  4. enter this in cmd:

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

    worked for me.

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

  6. 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. πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜€

  7. 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.

  8. 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>

  9. 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>

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. im missing this whole folder somehow

    what should i do?

    “%programdata%MicrosoftWindowsStart MenuPrograms

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

  16. 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!

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

  18. 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.

  19. copy and paste in cmd

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

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

  21. This also worked for me. Thanks NimBold, i don’t know where you figured this out but thank you. πŸ™‚

  22. Thank you all for kind words πŸ™‚
    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.

  23. 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

  24. Hi. thanks for your kind words πŸ™‚
    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 πŸ˜€

  25. 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!!!!!!!!

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

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

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

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

  30. 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!!!

  31. 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!

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

  33. this worked for me in CMD from app search
    thanks NimBold

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

  34. 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^

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

  36. 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

  37. 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.

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

  39. np man. we are all learning.
    you need CMD.exe and the code i gave in order to fix this.
    do this:
    1- press Winkey+R
    2-type cmd
    3-now copy the code i gave and paste it in cmd (right click and paste)
    4-press Enter
    5- done!

  40. I did the Command Prompt(Admin) and typed sfc/scannow but after a few seconds it replies “Window Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation.” Help???

  41. i can confirm that the “powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $Env:SystemRootImmersiveControlPanelAppxManifest.xml” does work and that it has fixed my problem. thank you!

  42. The powershell worked for me to get the win8 “pc settings” to open from the right hand charms bar.

    However my WinX menu options still don’t run (eg control panel or programs & features etc ie any of the other menu options other than ‘search’ and ‘run’).

    Something has been changed in the registry (probably via the system tweaks program but it has happened before forcing a restore point recovery) so it would be good to know if there is a similar command to fix this. Terrible o/s that it is so complicated to change this kind of thing.

  43. Hi Anand, thank you for this suggestion, it worked for bringing back the pc settings functionality on the charm bar.
    However my Win-X menu options won’t run (eg control panel or others except for run and search).
    Is there a similar command to make those work too ?

    The WinX folder exists and contains shortcuts to the various programs for this menu so not sure why it doesn’t work.

    [I had used Simple System Tweaker from tweaking.com – used its registry backup function – and then after applying its tweaks, used its restore reg utility because I didn’t like what it did but this menu doesn’t work and the change pc settings charm bar option didn’t work either following restore].

    thanks for the help.

  44. Hi NimBold – thanks for that, it worked for the pc settings on the charms bar for me.

    However, my Win-X menu options still don’t work (control panel etc – everything other than run and search). Is there something equivalent for that functionality? No idea why its stopped working.
    I used tweaking.com’s simple system tweaker gui to change stuff. I used it to initially backup the registry and after did the reg restore from its GUI but it broke these menus (pc settings and winx menu options).

    The WinX folder still exists and the link files are there too. Any ideas?
    thanks.

  45. hey i have one problem in my pc when i try to opean my settings the error comes the remote procedure call failed and also at the base means at starting window the destop option and play store and many more things are gone

  46. I’m having the same trouble here.. I must have deleted a system file days ago suspecting that it was a virus.. I really wish to fix it ASAP so I can refresh my PC and start anew..
    Thanks for posting these solutions. Will try it now. Will be back to leave a comment on what happens. πŸ™‚

  47. Whenever i click on windows update in control panel. Control panel freeze. All other apps are working fine please tell me how to fix this issue

  48. sir , win apps and setting are not opened and get minimized when i opened them .code which u have given does not work well and it and it shows some id in red colored letters. so plz help me

  49. when i go through my task manager their i found that some back ground host services are running continuously and i went to system restore point but it says restore point is corrupted

  50. Thank you thank you thank you. Was having this issue on Server 2012 R2, and this resolved it. Bless your soul.

  51. The code works for a little bit but it returned to its previous problem again and again

  52. I accidentally deleted the shortcut for PC Settings, and now it doesn’t even pop up.

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