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  1. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18836
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       1 Week Ago #120

    NMI said: View Post
    1809: Settings doesn't appear in Background apps.

    Sorry; build 17763.292.
    I just checked in that build in a VM of mine, and it's there below. Just to verify, did you scroll down in background apps on the right side to see it?

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  2. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1809) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       1 Week Ago #121

    NMI said: View Post
    1809: Settings doesn't appear in Background apps.
    Sorry; build 17763.292.

    How odd, I have just looked at five machines on 1809. Three of the machines (Home, Pro, Pro x86) have Settings in background apps, the other two (one Pro, one Home x86) don't.

    The only common factor for the two that don't have Settings are that they were clean installs of 1803, upgraded to 1809 (one Home x86, the other Pro x64). The others that do have Settings were either a clean install of 1809 (in a VM) or upgrades from Win7 up through all Win10 versions up to 1809.

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  3. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1809) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       1 Week Ago #122

    @NMI and @Brink

    I have compared the registry of the two machines in my screenshots above. The one missing 'Settings' is a W10 Pro machine, clean installed as 1803, subsequently upgraded to 1809. The one with 'Settings' is a VM clean install of 1809 running on the same machine and installed using the same ISO that upgraded its host machine.

    The host machine is missing the registry key windows.immersivecontrolpanel_cw5n1h2txyewy in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\BackgroundAccessApplications\

    Creating this key (no need to give it any values) restores Settings to the list of Background apps.

    This missing Settings in Background apps seems to have been the fault of the clean install of 1803. On the other machine with Settings missing I restored its original 1803 image. Almost all items in Background apps were missing, just five were listed!

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