Cannot open Windows 10 Settings - ImmersiveControlPanel repair/rebuild

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  1. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 10240

    Cannot open Windows 10 Settings - ImmersiveControlPanel repair/rebuild

    Issue: Cannot open settings app in Windows 10 - corrupt ImmersiveControlPanel repair/rebuild:

    What fixed my settings app incase of "TL-DR":

    Folder Location: C:\Windows\ImmersiveControlPanel\

    Running cmd as admin:
    From C:\
    cd Windows
    rename ImmersiveControlPanel ImmersiveControlPanel.old
    SFC /scannow

    SFC will rebuild ImmersiveControlPanel.

    Settings was working immediately after.

    Hello everyone,
    My Windows 10 install was suffering from this issue for some time. I finally decided to try and work out a fix since it's a public holiday and I have time. This issue was annoying but since It only really affected the settings app I left it in the "I'll get to it later" basket, A typical self employed tech with no time for their own computers. Other functions like apps, appstore and start menu in Windows were unaffected.

    Being a computer tech it frustrated me not being able to find any info on what fixed this in the end for me. I am sure this info is out there somewhere but I could not find it. I've decided to post this here so it can benefit someone just like me when trying to find a solution to this obscure problem.

    The only persistent Windows 10 issue I've come across where I couldn't justify a fresh install was on my own computer. No firm idea on what caused it, But I suspect it likely would have cropped up about the time when I had a few random graphics driver crashes and BSOD (nvidia fixed this in the next driver). That was a few months ago (october-november) and that was when I last remembered my settings app was working fine.

    My symptoms:
    • Cannot open Settings from Start Menu (Will flash on screen then close - No useful info in event manager)
    • Cannot open Settings from shortcut (If manually created)
    • When opening other functions to do with settings would get errors refering to ms-settings for example on display settings:

    "ms-settting:display This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel"

    • No issue with start menu or the opening of other apps (not related to settings) including app store
    • Could browse and install/open new apps
    • While this issue persisted Windows updates were not able to download or install
    • Windows was stuck on build 10240 - Could not install 1511 update

    Any other function that relied on the Settings app would not work - for exampleisplay settings

    • Personalisation settings
    • Lockscreen settings
    • Windows update (for me)
    • etc

    Fixes that I have tried:
    • CHKDSK /F and /R from within Windows and Live CDs (Only minor issues found)
    • SFC /Scannow (Before my fix in the end it did not fix anything)
    • System Restore
    • Tried the powershell Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"} fix
    • Tried the DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth fix
    • Create a new user
    • Could not upgrade with 1511 Windows disc

    The fixes that did not fix my issue above may still have enabled my fix to be successful later however.

    Anyway, If anyone has an issue similar hopefully this is helpful for them in some way. Hopefully this issue will become searchable now. I'm sure that I am not the only person to have had this although I have only ever seen this on my own computer. Perhaps I am the only one?

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  2. Posts : 1
    Windows 10

    This worked perfectly! After trying absolutely everything else and having no luck what so ever I'm incredibly grateful for your help!
    Last edited by Brink; 06 Sep 2016 at 12:38. Reason: removed quote of 1st post
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  3. Posts : 1
    Windows 10

    PogmaN suggestion to RENAME IMMERSIVECONTROLPANEL/SFC SCAN worked perfectly, after months of troubleshooting. The issue was on a Surfacepro 4 everytime they Docked or UNDOCKED.
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  4. Posts : 1

    ImmersiveControlPanel Crash

    Issue was in user's profile does not need repairs (SFC / dism / rename C:\Windows\Immer..)
    Rather rename this key:
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  5. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Home version 10.0.19041

    I tried the suggestions.. didn't fix mine!! Anybody?

    I have tried everything! Including the suggestions made here! I still get the Settings pop up and disappear immediately!
    I am reluctant to go through the process of reinstalling Windows but I believe that is the only avenue remaining!

    My story is that I followed suggestions some time ago to enable gpedit in Win10 Home in an effort to delay (per some one else's suggestion that gpedit could be used for it), the incessant updates! My motivation for that is; for some strange reason, when I restart my desktop, on (randomly) between the fourth to seventh attempt, my F drive (my main archiving drive) appears! On other start ups it doesn't..! I had tried moving the drive to different SATA ports and it doesn't help! I have three drives, two SSD's and the F drive a Seagate 2TB. I've already updated the BIOS to see if that was the culprit to no avail.

    So, I added gpedit, never restarted to finish the addition.. Then, I buckled, allowed an update, thinking; well I have to restart for the gpedit to work anyway and voila; no settings!

    Sorry that I seem to be going on but I reluctantly went to Win10 when I built this PC after many great years with Win7. I also have 2 linux machines and even an old PC with Vista! They never suffer any issues like this! I'm an old guy, as in DOS was my MS starting point and before that PDP11's, a VIC20 and so on! (I'm a Mech eng, not CS eng!)

    If it helps in any way, I get "this file does not have an app associated ..." if I right click and try to use the "personalize" option on the desktop, and I got error code: -2147219196 (which everyone seems to think is related to the windows photo app) when I tried to 'trick it into running' - I can't remember what I did to get that though!!

    Anyone got a clue?
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  6. Posts : 34,967
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Hi, the forum prompted you to specify your full Win 10 build number.. so we don't have to keep typing the question.

    If you care to search the forum thus you will find threads dealing with this:
    Cannot open Windows 10 Settings - ImmersiveControlPanel repair/rebuild-1.png

    If you find re-registering Settings doesn't help, nor any of the links from your search above, and if you see the same when you have created a new user and logged in as that user, then I suggest you try an in-place upgrade repair install - you need an iso of the same major build number (see above) - freely downloadable (see tutorials). Download Windows 10 ISO File
    This keeps all progs and data like any upgrade.

    Control of updates: these should be monthly at most for Windows itself with the odd 1 or two occasionally (there are continually app updates and Defender updates in the background), unless WU is continually failing.

    There are so many solutions so frequently mentioned here. E.g.
    Sledgehammer (free)
    Enable or Disable Windows Update Automatic Updates in Windows 10
    Option 7

    Download Policy Plus - MajorGeeks
    - this is better than trying to fudge MS's group policy editor and has a good find feature.

    However no guarantees it successfully does everything someone with a valid Pro license has access to.

    Note that from 1903, feature updates (upgrades) are opt in, not automatic.
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  7. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Home version 10.0.19041

    Build 19041, I updated the info in my profile! Sorry!


    I have searched for days and I have tried all sorts of things from signing in as Admin, Scans, all of the previous suggestions and even trying to take ownership of the manifest file in the immersive control panel to see if that could solve my issue.

    Nothing that I have, as yet, found on web searches has worked.

    The fact that doing a system re-install appears to be the only way to remedy this, concerns me! It's akin to saying that if your engines control module fails, you should replace the engine as well!! All too often Windows errors and issues are resolved by 'major' fixes as opposed to the; 'replace this file' and the problem will be fixed! I am a firm believer in finding the root cause of an issue to address it, if it happens again in the future! Microsoft seem to have adopted a: replace the whole thing and the problem will go away attitude and that is now present even within the 'experts' groups such as this.

    PogmaN appeared to have a different mindset, I read, during my many searches for a solution, people commending his/her suggestion as being a great way to resolve the problem, that is what led me to this forum. Basically it was one of the few that offered/suggested an alternative to 'replace the engine as well' approach.

    I regret the addition of the gpedit, which may have been the cause, but the fact that I allowed an update at the same time may have exacerbated the problem!

    The gp edit batch is:

    @echo off
    pushd "%~dp0"
    dir /b C:\Windows\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientExtensions-Package~3*.mum >Files.txt
    dir /b C:\Windows\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientTools-Package~3*.mum >>Files.txt
    echo Installing Group Policy Editor...
    for /f %%i in ('findstr /i . Files.txt 2^>nul') do dism /online /norestart /add-package:"C:\Windows\servicing\Packages\%%i"
    echo Installation complete.

    I really thought it would be a straightforward enable a feature (note that I wasn't trying to cheat Microsoft out of earnings, I was wanting to simply slow the frequency of the updates!).

    I guess I will ultimately have to perform the 'rebuild' but as I said before, it is a desire to understand why a broken outlet forced me to rebuild my entire house! (I'm into analogies BTW).

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  8. Posts : 34,967
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Thanks; you make no specific mention of whether you've looked at the threads where similar symptoms have been reported.

    Assuming you have, as you've tried creating a new user and see the same thing when logged in as that user, that rather leaves trying an in-place upgrade repair install.

    This keeps all progs and data - as you are using build 2004, you can readily use the MS media creation tool to download an iso file.
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  9. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Home version 10.0.19041

    Did the Windows 'rebuild'.. fixed the problem but...

    I did the Windows rebuild and the settings are back, but.. no ST2000 HDD! I tried rebooting numerous times and finally gave up!

    I had a USB to SATA adapter so I put the drive on that.

    Anyone any idea why I can't get my 4 spare SATA connections to work?

    I have a Western Digital 1TB on one of the M2_2 slot, a Samsung EVO on the first SATA3_1 and a DVD on SATA3_2
    Cannot open Windows 10 Settings - ImmersiveControlPanel repair/rebuild-load-mainboard.png

    I read that if you use 3, 4 is disabled but I can't get the ST2000 (Seagate 2TB HDD) to be recognized on any one of the SATA3 ports?? There are four.. I searched the ASRock B450 Pro4 forums and it seems that this is a variable, some people have issues but simply plugging into a different one seems to work for most??

    I updated the BIOS to 3.5 because I have the Ryzen5 2600 so it appears that the latter updates aren't compatible with that particular processor.

    Anyone got any suggestions ideas? I would never have been in this situation if Windows didn't keep updating and forcing restarts! I guess the good thing is that with the drive mounted outside, any reboot won't be as problematic for me as it was before!

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  10. Posts : 34,967
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    I did the Windows rebuild
    - presumably you mean in-place upgrade repair install..

    Now is the time to start a new regime of regular disk imaging (E.g. Macrium Reflect - free-paid + external storage for image files so you can recover to a previous good state without needing and waiting for technical help).

    I would never have been in this situation if Windows didn't keep updating and forcing restarts!
    This topic is discussed again and again. Solutions have been around for some years.

    You can take complete control of this using 3rd party utilities if you wish:
    Sledgehammer (free) - been around for some years now, quite often mentioned here
    Enable or Disable Windows Update Automatic Updates in Windows 10
    - & see option 7

    On restart:
    Turn On or Off Windows Update Restart Notifications in Windows 10
    Configure Auto-restart Required Notification for Updates in Windows 10

    Note that for Home you will need to use the registry options later in the tutorials, lacking the group policy editor.

    From 1903 on, you will not received feature updates automatically until end of service life for that build.

    I have Pro, and have never had an unexpected restart related to updates.

    Ensure you configure and use Active Hours in Settings.

    I would guess your port related problems are driver-related in some manner.
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