2 Ways To Reset The Settings App In Windows 11

The Setting app is actually a modern or Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app. UWP apps can be used across all compatible Microsoft Windows devices, including PCs, tablets, Xbox One, Microsoft HoloLens, and more.UWP apps also have their own settings windows that can be used to reset or repair individual app. When you reset a UWP app, it is reset to the default settings similar to when you installed Windows for the first time.

With Windows 11, Microsoft has introduced a redesigned Settings app. The new Settings app makes it easier to find a particular setting you are looking for.

When you open the Settings app, you will see the System category first. All settings and options are divided into a total of eleven categories. You can click on a category name on the left side to see sub-categories and settings/options on the right side. There is also a search bar at the top left to quickly find settings.

The Settings app in Windows 11 mostly works without any issues. That said, when you change from the default light mode to dark mode or when you change the wallpaper, it might hang for a few seconds.

Users who have any issues with the Settings app can reset or repair it. For example, you can reset the Settings app if it does not open. One can reset the Settings app via Settings or PowerShell.

Following are the two ways to reset the Settings app in Windows 11.

Method 1 of 2

Reset the Settings app in Windows 11

NOTE: Resetting the Settings app deletes all data stored in the Settings app.

Step 1: Open the Start menu. In the Pinned app section, perform a right-click on the Settings app entry and then click the App settings option to open the advanced page of the Settings app.

Reset The Settings App In Windows 11

If the Settings app is not pinned to the Start menu, you can search for it, right-click on its entry, and click the App settings option.

Reset The Settings App In Windows 11

Step 2: Here, scroll down to see the Reset section. Click on the Reset button.

Reset The Settings App In Windows 11

Step 3: When you see the following confirmation, click the Reset button to reset the Settings app. Once the Reset job is done, the Settings app will be automatically terminated. You can open the Settings app again.

Reset The Settings App In Windows 11

Note that you can also try the Repair option (present on the same page) if resetting the Settings app fails to fix the issue.

Method 2 of 2

Reset the Settings app via PowerShell in Windows 11

Step 1: Search for Windows PowerShellRight-click on its entry in the search results and then click the Run as administrator option.

Click the Yes button when you get the User Account Control prompt.

Reset The Settings App In Windows 11

Step 2: At the PowerShell window, copy and paste the following command and press the Enter key to reset the Settings app.

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

Reset The Settings App In Windows 11

Tip 1: You can use the Windows + I hotkey to open Settings.

Tip 2: While using the Settings app, use the Alt + left arrow or backspace key to go back to the previous page/main page.


1. How do I fix the Windows settings app?

Click the Start button, right-click the cog icon that would normally lead to the Settings apps, then click More and “App settings”. 2. Finally, scroll down in the new window until you see the Reset button, then click Reset. Settings reset, job done (hopefully)

2. How do I fix Windows 11 Settings not opening?

Windows Settings not opening or working in Windows 11:

  • Reset the Settings app.
  • Run System File Checker.
  • Create a new User Account.
  • Run System Restore.
  • Troubleshoot in Clean Boot State.
  • Reinstall the Settings app.
  • Reset Windows 11/10 via Windows Recovery Menu.
  • Reset Windows 11/10 in Safe Mode

3. How do I get to Settings in Windows 11?

Press Windows + R keys simultaneously to open the Run dialog box. Type ms-settings: in the Run box, and hit the Enter key from the keyboard to launch the Settings app.

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