Devices and Printers - Add Device / Add a printer - Flashes and closes

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  1. Posts : 9
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    dalchina said:
    Ok, good, see post #6, then given your post #3 you could try the appropriate command to re-register Settings
    Reinstall and Re-register Apps in Windows 10

    but that still wouldn't deal with

    Is your problem similar to this - note the additional Add device that was failing and things that were tried:
    'Add a printer' dialog crashes immediately

    (Note:'s tool offers a 'repair print spooler' repair, but your problem may be different)

    Thank you for trying to help.'s tool + Windows Update fixed the Add a device / Add a printer flashing and closing now these 2 menus do work

    The only problem that remains now is with system settings:

    * Start menu
    * Gear icon
    * Devices

    Clicking Devices closes the whole Windows Settings. Any ideas for that ?
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  2. Posts : 35,508
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Ok. Try re-registering Settings as above.
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  3. Posts : 9
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Tried to register "settings" with the following command:

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

    Command finished successfully but issue still remains.
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  4. Posts : 35,508
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    And again- post #6?

    And see post #6 here:
    'Add a printer' dialog crashes immediately

    - Does that work or not for you?
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  5. Posts : 9
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter


    I found what the issue was. I had installed Blackbird:

    Documentation - Get Blackbird

    To stop telemetry and other windows 10 annoyances and the newest version breaks the Devices menu in SystemSettings.
    So after install BlackBird you should do the following:

    blackbird -i = Fix Bluetooth pairing, Device Settings, Focus/Assist and user notifications.
    blackbird -l = Fix network/LAN connectivity issues.

    I was aware that BlackBird was messing up networking and that you should apply the FIX but the blackbird -i is new to this version and didn't know it was an issue. Oh well

    Thank you for your time and effort.
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  6. Posts : 35,508
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    programs like that that make internal changes can be impossible to guess at remotely.
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  7. Posts : 9
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Well at least we managed to fix it half way without knowing it was BlackBird to blame, and i was made aware of repair tool which is very useful

    Despite all that i would still recommend BlackBird

    Thanks again
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  8. Posts : 35,508
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    True. To consider: Windows telemetry allows MS (presumably) to detect some of the failures to upgrade or update, and hence make corrections an amendments to their roll-out program. Rather necessary given their history, continuing now with 2004.
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