How to Reset Windows 10 Settings App

On Windows 10, you can reset the Settings app when it does not want to open, keeps crashing, or when you are experiencing other problems.

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On Windows 10, you can reset the Settings app when it does not want to open, keeps crashing, or when you are experiencing other problems.

If you are dealing with these problems, Windows 10 includes a way to reset the Settings app using the built-in secret option. Let’s explore how to reset the Settings app when it’s not working.

This is for devices running Windows 10

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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.

To start resetting Settings, first, click your Start menu. Now, in the Cortana search box (next to the Start menu) type in “settings” (without the quotes). Next, in the search results, right-click the app and select App settings. Refer to below image:

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sAccessing App settings

In the Settings window, scroll down to the Reset section and click Reset. See below image:

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Accessing Reset section

You will get a prompt stating your app’s data will be deleted. Click Reset in the prompt to continue. See following image:

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Selecting the Settings Reset option

The Settings app is now reset. Now, you can launch it as mentioned above or by pressing Windows+I.

If this does not fix your issue, you might want to reset your entire Windows 10 PC. (We recommend you only do this as a last resort). This brings all your settings to their default states, potentially fixing many issues on the computer.

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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