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How to reset Windows 10 Settings app when not working

If the Settings app on Windows 10 isn't working, you can reset it using a built-in option or PowerShell command – here's how.

Windows 10 Settings app reset options

On Windows 10, you can reset the Settings app when it doesn’t want to open, keeps crashing, or when you are experiencing other problems, and in this guide, you’ll learn how.

The Settings app is the new immersive experience that replaces the classic Control Panel, and you use it daily to customize almost every aspect of the desktop experience, control apps, and change system settings. However, since it’s an app built into Windows 10, it does not always work as expected. Sometimes, Settings won’t launch, you won’t be able to access specific pages, or it’ll suddenly crash, among other problems.

If you’re dealing with a similar problem, Windows 10 includes at least two ways to reset the Settings app using the built-in secret option or PowerShell.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to reset the Settings app when it’s not working as expected on Windows 10. (You can also watch the video tutorial on how to complete this task.)

Reset Windows 10 Settings app with App settings

To reset the Windows 10 Settings app when not working, use these steps:

  1. Open Start on Windows 10.

  2. Search for Settings, right-click the top result, and select the App settings option.

    App settings option
    App settings option
  3. Click the Reset button.

    Reset Settings app option
    Reset Settings app option
  4. Click the Reset button again.

Once you complete the steps, the app will reset the components, delete the data, and close automatically fixing most common problems with the experience. After the process, you can launch the app from the Start menu as before. (Starting with build 20175, you can also use the option to repair without deleting the app’s data.)

Reset Windows 10 Settings app with PowerShell

Alternatively, starting with build 20175 and higher, Windows 10 introduces a new PowerShell command that makes it easier to reset any of the operating system built-in components including the Settings app and Start menu.

To reset the Windows 10 Settings app when won’t open, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command to reset the Windows 10 Settings app and press Enter:

    Get-AppxPackage windows.immersivecontrolpanel | Reset-AppxPackage

    Reset Settings app PowerShell command
    Reset Settings app PowerShell command

After you complete the steps, you should now be able to launch and continue to use the Settings app on your device.

Although these instructions can help to resolve many common problems, if you’re dealing with crashes or issues due to a bug, then resetting won’t make a difference until the app receives an update.