Like other apps, the Settings app can also sometimes malfunction. If this happens, resetting the app to the default settings may fix the problems you’re experiencing. There are a few quick ways to do it.

When You Should Reset the Settings App

You should reset the Settings app if it crashes too often or refuses to open, or if some functions in the app don’t work.

Like with resetting any other app, when you reset the Settings app, it removes a variety of settings and brings them back to their default values. This can fix bugs and other problems that are caused by your custom settings.

Reset the Settings App Using the Start Menu

If you prefer a graphical solution, you can use the Start menu to reset the Settings app. Skip to the next section if you want to use a command-line method.

To start resetting Settings, open your Start menu and search for “Settings.” Right-click the app in the results and select “App settings.”

App settings option for the Settings app

In the Settings window, scroll down to the Reset section and click “Reset.”

Reset button for the Settings app

You’ll get a prompt that says that your app’s data will be deleted. Click “Reset” in this prompt to continue.

Reset prompt for the Settings app

The Settings app is now reset. You can now launch it from the Start menu, or by pressing Windows+i.

Reset the Settings App Using PowerShell

You can also run a command in Windows PowerShell to reset the Settings app. But to do this, you must run Windows 10 build 20175 or newer. (In other words, you need Windows 10 version 21H2 or later. At the time we published this article, this was a prerelease version of Windows 10 that was not yet released.)

To check your build, press Windows+R, type “winver” (without quotes) in the Run window, and press “Enter.” The second line in the About Windows window states your current build version.

About Windows window

If you’re on a supported build, open the “Start” menu, search for “PowerShell,” and click “Run as Administrator” on the right.

PowerShell in Start menu

Select “Yes” in the User Account Control prompt.

Copy the command below and paste it into your PowerShell Window. Press “Enter” to run the command.

Get-AppxPackage *windows.immersivecontrolpanel* | Reset-AppxPackage

PowerShell window with the command to reset the Settings app

You’re done.

Reset the Settings App Using Command Prompt

You can also use the Command Prompt to reset the Settings app. However, you will need the same version of Windows 10 that you need to run the PowerShell command above.

To start, access your “Start” menu, search for “Command Prompt,” and click “Run as administrator” on the right.

Command Prompt in Start menu

Click “Yes” in the User Account Control prompt.

Copy the command below and paste it into your Command Prompt window. Press “Enter” to execute the command.

PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Command "& {$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage *immersivecontrolpanel*).InstallLocation + '\AppxManifest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest}"

Command Prompt window showing the command to reset the Settings app

That’s all.

If those methods don’t fix your issue, it might be a good idea to reset your entire Windows 10 PC. This brings all your settings to their default states, potentially fixing many issues on the computer.

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