Some Windows 10 users find they cannot open Settings applications suddenly though they had pinned it to the taskbar or Microsoft Store is launched instead of Windows 10 Settings. And some had this problem after updating to Windows 10. This problem could cause great inconvenience to users because many users are accustomed to using Settings to change related settings of their computer.
If you are one of the users who cannot access settings on Windows 10, this post may give you some help. Next, here are some solutions to the issue.
Notes: If you just tried opening Settings from Start Menu, you can try to get access to Settings by other ways and see if Settings can be opened. For example, you can try to open Settings in File Explorer and type ms-settings: in Run.
Solution 1: Download Start Menu Troubleshooter to Fix Settings Won’t Open Issue
Microsoft have been aware of this issue and create a Start Menu troubleshooter, you can download it to fix the problem.
1. Download the troubleshooter which is a Troubleshooting Pack Cabinet file.
2. Double click the downloaded file to run the troubleshooter.
3. Click Next to let it detect problems.
If any problem is found, it should repair it automatically. If it says it can’t find the problem or couldn’t identify the settings error, skip to another solution.
Solution 2: Check for Updates by Command Prompt
Installing all recent updates may help you with the problem. Since your Settings cannot be accessed, you need to use Command Prompt to force Windows Update to check for updates to repair the conflict errors.
1. Type cmd in the search box and right click Command Prompt. Choose Run as administrator.
2. Type the below command and press enter key.
After that, what you should do is wait then Windows PC will restart itself. Test if the Settings still refuse to open after the process completed.
Solution 3: Run DISM and SFC
The conflict system files may causes settings won’t open in Windows 10. So Run DISM commands and sfc /scannow can fix corrupted files so that fix your problem.
1. Type cmd in the search box and right click on Command Prompt. Select Run as administrator.
2. Input the following two commands correctly one by one and hit enter after each of them.
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
3. Type sfc /scannow and hit Enter.
After the commands are finished, restart your PC and check if the problem remains.
Solution 4: Add a New Local Administrator Account to Open Settings
Many users had this problem solved by creating a new local administrator account. But because Settings cannot open, here is a way to create account using Microsoft Console Document.
1. Type lusrmgr.msc and choose the result to open Microsoft Common Console Document.
2. On the new window, right click Users and choose New user.
3. Input the needed information and password.
4. Type cmd in the search box, and right click Command Prompt to choose Run as administrator.
5. Input the following commands in Command Prompt (replace the word “username” and “password” with the username and password you set in step 3) and hit enter after each of them.
net user username password /add
net localgroup administrators username /add
6. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del and then choose Sign out.
7. Sign in with the newly created account.
Check if you can open Settings now. If you can, go to Settings > Account > Family & other people, and then change your account type as administrator. And move your personal data and files to the new account. Or go to Control Panel > User Accounts > Change account type.
After you tried the four solutions, the problem that Windows 10 Settings doesn’t launch should be solved. If the problem persists, you may need to reset your computer. Finally, hope this passage can help you.