Users who upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8.1 can sometimes face issues with the Settings app, when they launch it, it opens and closes immediately. The issue has been addressed by Microsoft by releasing a troubleshooter followed by including the fix in the cumulative update KB3081424.

The question here is how users can check or install updates when they can’t open the Settings app in the first place.

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Fix Settings app doesn’t open in Windows 10

I . Use Microsoft’s troubleshooter for Settings App issue

Download the Troubleshooter and  run it, and follow the instructions on the screen, it automatically repairs or fixes the issue your system has.

Note: The tool has the name shown in the dialog in the third step as ‘Fix or work around an emerging issue 67758’ and it says no permanent solution is available, just ignore it and click ‘Next’.

Microsoft's Fix for Windows 10 Settings App issue

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If you receive the message’ troubleshooter couldn’t identify any problem’, click on ‘view detailed information’, if troubleshooting report displays ‘issue is not present’ on your computer, go to method 2. 

II. If that doesn’t help, open the command prompt and run the following commands one by one

dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
sfc /scannow

III. Reset fixes many issues, including the Settings’

If you’ve not clean installed Windows 10 after performing an upgrade, do a reset. We’ve laid down the steps how you can do that without needing the Settings app.

  • Click on Start, hold the shift button, right click on Power and select ‘Restart
  • Click ‘Troubleshoot’ and select ‘Reset this PC’

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