How to Enable or Disable Settings Header in Windows 10

In Windows 10 Settings app, you can force enable or disable the Header component. Here are the steps to enable or disable the Settings header in Windows 10.

Starting from v2004, the Settings app in Windows 10 is showing a thick header with a bunch of information. The information in the header includes but not limited to Windows 10 sign-in status, Windows update status, OneDrive status, Microsoft Rewards, Phone status, etc. Depending on where you live and how your system is configured, the header may show more or less of the available information. Put simply, the new Settings header provides simple information at a glance and give you quick access to the relevant pages with just a single click.

That being said, the new Settings header is not visible for everyone. Microsoft is rolling it out in waves. Even if the header is not visible, you can force enable Settings header. On the other hand, if you can see the header and don’t like it, you can force disable the Settings header in Windows 10. Though Windows 10 has no option to do this in the Settings app, you can use a third-party tool called Mach2 to enable or disable the Settings header in Windows 10.

Without further ado, let me show you the steps to fully enable or disable the Settings app header in Windows 10.

Important Note: The tool we are going to use will make changes using the hidden Windows APIs and files. As such, it is recommended that you create a system restore point before making any changes. In case of any mishaps or unintended side effects, you can restore the system to its known good state.

Steps to Disable Settings Header in Windows 10

To disable Settings header, you have to execute a simple mach2 command and restart the system. Here’re the exact steps to follow.

  1. First, get mach2 from Github.
  2. Now, create a folder called “mach2” in the C drive.
  3. Next, extract the downloaded zip file to the newly created folder.
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  4. Open the Start menu.
  5. Search for “Command Prompt“.
  6. Right-click on the Command Prompt and select “Run as administrator“.
  7. Execute “cd /d c:\mach2” to go to the extracted folder. If the zip file is extracted to some other folder, change the path accordingly.
  8. Once you are in the “mach2” folder, execute the below command.
    mach2 disable 18299130
  9. After executing the command, close the Command Prompt window.
  10. Restart Windows 10.

That is it. After restarting, you should no longer see the settings app header banner.

If you are still seeing the header, try following the same steps again and see if it works. If it doesn’t work even then, it is highly probable that Microsoft changed something in the background and broke how the tool works. In that situation there is nothing much we can do.

Steps to Enable Settings Header in Windows 10

  1. First, get mach2 from Github.
  2. After downloading, extract it to a folder in the C drive.
  3. Open “Command Prompt” as an admin.
  4. Execute “cd /d c:\mach2” to go to the extracted folder. If the zip file is extracted to some other folder, change the path accordingly.
  5. Next, execute the below command to show Settings header banner.
    mach2 disable 18299130
  6. After executing the command, close the Command Prompt window.
  7. Restart the Windows 10.

After restarting the system, the header in the Settings app should be visible again.

That is all. I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

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