How to Reset and Reinstall the Settings App when it Fails to Open

When you attempt to open the Settings app, it may show the logo and then automatically close. If you right-click on the desktop and click Personalize, you may get the following error:


This file does not have an app associated with it for performing this action. Please install an app or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Apps Settings page.

ms-settings: error - reset and reinstall the settings app

Also, none of the ms-settings: command-line may work.


To resolve the issue, reset and repair the Settings app using PowerShell.

Note: The following commands require the “Capability Access Manager” Service to be set to Manual.

1) Reset the Settings app

(The following command won’t work on Windows 10. It shows the error “The term ‘Reset-AppxPackage’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet” on Windows 10.)

  1. Launch PowerShell as administrator.
  2. Run the following command to reset the Settings app:
    Get-AppxPackage windows.immersivecontrolpanel | Reset-AppxPackage

    ms-settings: error - reset and reinstall the settings app

2) Reinstall the Settings app

If the Settings app still doesn’t open, reinstall Settings using the following command in Windows 10 and 11:

Get-AppXPackage windows.immersivecontrolpanel -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}

That should resolve the issue.

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded in 2005.

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