Windows 10 Settings not opening

There have been cases reported where for some users, Settings app in Windows 10 or the 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.

Settings app does not open in Windows 10

1] Open CMD and copy-paste the following:

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

Hit Enter. Restart your computer.

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

3] 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.

4] Boot Windows in Safe Mode and see if you can access PC Settings. If so great, use this opportunity toΒ Refresh or Reset PC in Windows 8 or Reset in Windows 10.

5] Windows 8,1 users may open Control Panel and then All Control Panel Items > Recovery.

Windows 10 Settings not opening

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

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

7] 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 to a good old restore point.

8] Sometimes some third-party software has also been found to be the cause for the problem. You may want to uninstall such software and see if that helps. Troubleshooting in Clean Boot State may help.

9] 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.

10] 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.

Windows 10 users should boot into Advanced Startup Options, and secelectthe Refresh or Reset options.

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. Windows 10 user? See Windows 10 Known Issues and how to fix them.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


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

  3. 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

  4. Mohsin Javed

    thank you, thank you again
    this solved my problem πŸ˜€

  5. Rania Gabra

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

  6. NimBold

    enter this in cmd:

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

    worked for me.

  7. Ta Here

    It worked for me πŸ™‚ ty

  8. Brandon Phyle

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

  9. NimBold

    happy to hear this man πŸ™‚

  10. NimBold

    you’re welcome, it was my problem too πŸ˜‰

  11. AV

    Gr8. It worked fine

  12. IBSflightcases

    lifesaver thank you so much

  13. NimBold


  14. yassine

    works gre8 thankssssssssssssssssssssss

  15. NimBold

    welcome πŸ™‚

  16. Mich

    thank you!!!!!!

  17. NimBold


  18. 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. 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˜€

  19. Richard H. Shores

    Worked perfectly…thanks for sharing the fix! πŸ˜€

  20. NimBold

    np man πŸ˜‰

  21. 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.

  22. Pex nukez

    what does cmd mean

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

  24. NimBold

    happy to hear it man πŸ™‚

  25. 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.

  26. WacoJohn

    Thank you, NimBold. Solved my problem too.

  27. 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


    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


    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



  28. Dorian TomaΕ‘inec

    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


    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


    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



  29. Dorian TomaΕ‘inec

    same here

  30. 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 ( 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.

  31. 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


    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



  32. 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.

  33. mmt

    me too.

    anyone help !

  34. 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

  35. Thomas Maher

    im missing this whole folder somehow

    what should i do?

    “%programdata%MicrosoftWindowsStart MenuPrograms

  36. 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

  37. Arnold0

    Worked with Windows 10 preview where PC setting could’nt open. Thanks πŸ™‚

  38. Bill

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

  39. 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!

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

  41. Guest

    Gracias por el aporte… SolucionΓ© mi problema…

  42. Stan

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

  43. Jason Itfc Pilbury

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

  44. 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.

  45. thaiha

    worked like a charm , many thanks

  46. ajay

    copy and paste in cmd

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

  47. Romeo

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

  48. Pedro de Almeida

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

  49. Vikas Kumar

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

  50. 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.

  51. SonOfConstantDiligence

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

  52. NimBold

    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.

  53. Gau

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

  54. 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

  55. Petrus Ali Saputra

    Worked for me on W10
    Many thanks

  56. ccc

    thanks and i love you forever

  57. farhan sufiyan

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

  58. NimBold

    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˜€

  59. Joaquim Thomas

    i could hug you man and kiss you. thanks alot

  60. 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!!!!!!!!

  61. Devon Harding

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

  62. juki

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

  63. Austin Alexander

    How about removing WINDOZE and installing LINUX?

  64. Yannah Abby

    Thank you so much NimBold! THE BEST!

  65. Muhri

    Thank you for your solutions, that command in CMD worked on me too. πŸ™‚

  66. Kakaroch

    nice fix πŸ™‚

  67. scott

    you sir are the man

  68. thethinwhiteduke


    You’re a superstar!


  69. Sparky

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

  70. Senthil

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

  71. JayPeg

    legend! worked for me

  72. Aiman Syawal

    it doesn’t work for my pc πŸ™

  73. NimBold

    sorry to hear that πŸ™
    try article and comments solution and i hope it will work for you πŸ™‚

  74. Umaish

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

  75. david hosseiny

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

  76. Khalid

    its works…………thanks

  77. bhagu

    Thank you so much.It’s working for me

  78. john

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

  79. 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.

  80. JDragon

    one word: MAJESTIC

  81. Hello Simsimi


  82. Jeroen Verhoeven

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

  83. sachin

    worked for me…..:)

  84. Doda

    Not works for me Nimbold…

  85. Ruka Health Fitness

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

  86. Mohamed Ib Shekeew

    big thanks.
    you are more helpful than microsoft itself πŸ™‚

  87. 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!!!

  88. Santosh Vishwakarma

    Thanks a lot, My problem has been solved

  89. 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!

  90. Ashok Suthar

    Worked for me too…. Thanks a lot πŸ™‚

  91. Nyanaguru Sivapalan

    wow…… it worked tq so much sir…..

  92. Dom

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

  93. Dom

    this worked for me in CMD from app search
    thanks NimBold

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

  94. 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^

  95. baxx farch

    Thank you, it worked for me

  96. Sanjeev Nawal

    this worked , i cant thank you enough

  97. potato

    thx worked

  98. Chloe

    this saved me!

  99. Melford

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

  100. k00stoch

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

  101. Amos De Tan

    OMG! it works!

  102. Brideep

    thank you very much NIMBOLD

  103. Donuts

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

  104. 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

  105. Christopher Rodney Santos

    Thank you @nimbold:disqus , you’re a life saver πŸ™‚

  106. smita

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

  107. 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.

  108. Osvaldo Gonzalez

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

  109. kahsay

    Thanks ….you saved my time

  110. andrew

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

  111. Abdurrahman Yusuf Mack

    how? im still dont understand… #newbie

  112. NimBold

    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!

  113. Shana Shakugan

    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???

  114. Jonathon Belcher

    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!

  115. valamarille

    worked great! thanks a lot! you’ve been very helpful!

  116. JonnyS

    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.

  117. JonnyS

    probably should be appdata instead of programdata?

  118. JonnyS

    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 – 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.

  119. JonnyS

    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’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?

  120. Devik Kanpariya

    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

  121. Roselle Potes Sunio

    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™‚

  122. Thomas Maher

    ok thx

  123. elias

    incredible!! it worked for me as well πŸ™‚

  124. akmal

    it turns red when i entered the command above
    please help me fix these

  125. Roger Jones

    Cannot Paste into DOS Window [ CMD ]

    Typed it in and get NO SUCH COMMAND

  126. anand

    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

  127. venkatasai kavali

    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

  128. venkatasai kavali

    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

  129. jackharvest

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

  130. Attila

    tried quite a few things, this one worked finally. thanks a lot!

  131. smash brawler22

    dude thank you so much now i can go to pc settings

  132. Zyril Gacutan

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

  133. Nick Brennan

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

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