Sometimes, you may come across a situation where Windows 10 settings won’t open after updating your Windows 10 PC. You fail to launch the ‘Settings’ app even if you click on ‘Settings’ continuously. On the other hand, you may also find that ‘Settings’ icon is missing or grayed out on the Start menu. Moreover, if you are able to open the ‘Settings’ app, it crashes immediately. This problem occurs if you do not install the latest updates for Windows or there are some bugs in the current user account. You cannot access ‘Settings’ unless you take some measures to fix this issue. Read this article to know the possible ways to fix this issue at the earliest.
Below are a couple of easy methods for you to try out.
Windows Troubleshooter is an inbuilt tool which comes along with Windows. You can run this tool to scan your PC and fix the glitches automatically. Hence, press Windows logo key and ‘X’ at the same time to launch the Command Prompt. Type ‘Troubleshooter’ in the command line and press ‘Enter.’ Select ‘Troubleshooter’ from the search results and open the ‘Troubleshooter’ window. Again use the ‘Windows icon + X’ combination and select Command Prompt(Admin). Type ‘wuauclt.exe /updatenow’ in the command line and hit the ‘Enter’ key. Wait until the update process starts and the troubleshooter fixes the errors in your PC. If the troubleshooter displays a message that it is unable to fix the errors, then you will need to apply some other method.
Press Windows logo key and ‘I’ and select ‘Update and Security.’ Click on ‘Check for updates’ option and get the list of pending updates. Select the pending updates and tap the ‘Install’ button to get them on your Windows 10 PC. Reboot your PC to let the changes take effect. Then try to open ‘Settings’ but if it does not open, then move on to the next method.
Run Command Prompt as admin, type ‘net user username password /add’ command and hit ‘Enter.’ As prompted, enter the username and password for your new account in the respective fields. Click on ‘Next’ and re-enter the username and password for confirmation. After that, tap ‘Next’ and hit the ‘Finish’ button to create the new user account. Windows displays a confirmation message if you have opened the account successfully. Now go back to the Command Prompt and enter ‘net localgroup administrators username /add’ command. It adds the new user account to the Administrator group. Then use the ‘Ctrl+Alt+Del’ combination and tap ‘Sign Out’ option to exit your account. Click on the ‘Sign In’ option and enter the new username and password to sign into your new account. Now check whether the ‘Settings’ app is opening on your PC or not.
Type ‘taskmgr’ command in the ‘Run’ dialog box and hit ‘Enter’ to open the ‘Task Manager. Then, click on the ‘File’ tab and select ‘Run a new task.’ Type ‘PowerShell’ in the ‘Run’ box and check the box for ‘Create this task with administrative privileges.’ Type ‘sfc/scannow’ in the PowerShell window and press ‘Enter.’ System File Checker will start scanning the Windows OS for errors.
Type ‘restore’ in the search box and hit ‘Enter.’ Now, choose ‘Create a restore point’ from the search results to open the ‘System Properties’ dialog screen. After that, click on the ‘Create’ button and click ‘OK.’ Add a description to the restore point to remember the point in time when you have created it. Click on the ‘Create’ button again and give some time to your system until it creates the restore point. The time to create a restore point depends upon the number of system files, Windows applications, system settings, and Windows Registry entries. Windows 10 gives you a confirmation message if it is able to create the restore point successfully. Then, you can close all the active windows on your PC and restart it to enable the restore point.
Open Control Panel, go to ‘Programs’ and select ‘Uninstall a program.’ Locate ‘OneKey Theatre’ among the list of installed programs, right-click on it and choose ‘Uninstall.’ The program will be uninstalled and your computer restarts automatically to fix the ‘Settings’ issue.
Press Windows logo key and ‘X’ simultaneously and select Command Prompt(Admin). Copy and paste the command, ‘DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth’ in the Command Prompt and wait until the DISM finishes its task. Then restart your PC and check whether DISM has obtained the files online or not. If not, then use the Windows installation drive which can either be a USB or DVD. Insert the drive into your computer and enter the command,’DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:C:Repair Source Windows /LimitAccess’ in the Command Prompt. Replace the ‘C: Repair Source Windows’ path of the USB or the DVD and follow the on-screen instructions to fix the issue.
Type ‘lusrmgr.msc’ in the search field of the Start menu to open the Common Console Documents. Then choose ‘Users’ and right-click on ‘New User’ option. Then enter the required information and select the ‘Sign Out’ option to exit the current administrator account you are using. Press ‘Ctrl’ Alt,’ ‘Del’ keys together if you are using Windows 10 Pro version on your PC.
If you are using Windows 10 Home Edition, then enter ‘net user new username newpassword /add’ in the Command Prompt and press ‘Enter.’ Once you get a message that you have entered the command successfully, go to Control Panel and choose ‘User Account.’ Then tap ‘Manage Another Account’ and select the account you have just created. Click on ‘Administrator’ option, search for ‘Settings’ in the Start menu and try to open this app. If the solution work, then the ‘Settings’ app will open correctly and won’t crash after launch.
Open the File Explorer and go to your computer’s hard drive. Navigate to the ‘View’ tab and check the ‘Hidden icon’ box. Then double-click on ‘C:/Users/old user account’ link, the default name for the old user account. A message pops up informing you that you currently don’t have permission to access the account. Click on ‘Continue’ and enter your password to proceed. Copy paste the file you would like to transfer and transfer them to ‘ C:/Users/new username’ location. When Windows asks you whether you want to combine the two accounts, click on the ‘Yes’ button.
Hope you won’t have to struggle anymore to fix the issue when Windows 10 pc settings won’t open.