Fix: Windows 11 Settings App Not Opening or Working

Using the “Settings” application in Windows 11, the user can customize the system to suit his convenience. Since “Settings” is an application, there is a problem where the Settings may not open or give various failures in the form of a quick close. This article will tell you what to do and how to fix it when the settings app won’t open and won’t work in Windows 11.

Windows 11 Settings App Not Opening

How to Fix Settings App Not Opening or Working in Windows 11

Method 1: Quick entry to “Settings”

If the setting app does not work in Windows 11 or if it crashes when you open it, then there is a quick alternate option to access. Press Win + R and enter ms-settings: to open the settings page.

Method 2: Reset Settings

Since Settings is an app, resetting to default should fix the problem when they won’t open. For this:

  • Click “Start” and then right-click on the gear-shaped “Settings” icon.
  • Select Advanced > Application Options .
  • Click on “Finish” and “Fix” in the reset column.

Method 3: File integrity

Due to damaged system files, the settings app may not open in Windows 11. Check and restore the system files if they are damaged. To do this, press Win + X and select Terminal (admin). In a terminal window, enter the following two commands in turn:

sfc /scannow
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Method 4: Uninstall the last update

If the settings in Windows 11 have stopped working or if it crashes after a recent update, then you need to uninstall the last update using CMD and see if the settings open.

Method 5: Settings App Registration

  • Let’s re-register the Settings app in Windows 11 if it doesn’t work.
  • Press Win + X and select Terminal (admin), then enter the command below:
Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name windows.immersivecontrolpanel | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
  • Once the code execution is finished, you will see VERBOSE Operation completed message.
  • So we have successfully re-registered the settings app. Now try opening the Settings app in Windows 11.

Method 6: By Creating a New User Account

Create a new local administrator account and see if it has fixed the issue. To do this:

Go to the Control Panel and head over to the User Account option. OR open Run dialog (Use Win+R key)> Type lusrmgr.msc and Click OK to open local user and group management console tool> Create a new user by right-clicking on the Users menu.

Now sign out of your account using Ctrl+Alt+Del and then sign in to your newly created account.

If you are able to open Settings then move your data to the new account and make the new account an Administrator account.

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