How to Reinstall or Reset PC Settings App in Windows 10

Problems with the PC Settings app? Resetting will help solve them. Follow these steps to quickly reinstall or reset the PC Settings app.

For the past few versions of Windows 10, the PC Settings app has gone through a lot of improvements in aesthetics, stability, categorization, and ease of use. Though the Control Panel is still supreme when it comes to discoverability and ease of use, the Windows 10 Settings app is slowly getting there. Simply put, whether you like it or not, the PC Settings app is your Control Panel in Windows 10. That’s one of the reasons why Microsoft chose to remove the Control Panel in the WinX menu.

Though the Settings app’s stability and reliability has been improved greatly over time, it can still act finicky from time to time like any other program. For example, the other day I’m trying to change the mouse cursor size. No matter how many times I drag the slider, there is no result.

In cases like that where the app is behaving abnormally, resetting will help. So, in this quick article, let me show how you can reset the PC Settings app in Windows 10 with just a few clicks.

Steps Reset or Reinstall PC Settings App

The PC Settings app is just like any other app on Windows 10. However, it is tightly integrated into Windows and has special privileges when compared to other applications. As such, you cannot see its own entry in the “Apps” page in the Settings app. It is hidden by default and there is no simple way to show it in the apps list.

However, there is still a way to access the Settings app’s settings page. Once you have access to the settings page, you can reset it like any other store app.

1. Open the start menu. On the bottom left corner, you can see the Settings (gear) icon. Right-click on the icon and select “More → App Settings”.

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2. The above action will open the settings page. Here, scroll down and click on the “Reset” button.

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3. To confirm your action, click on the “Reset” button again in the pop-up.

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As soon as you click on the button, the PC Settings app will close itself and gets reset in the background. In addition to that, if the PC Settings app is pinned to the taskbar, the icon will disappear too.

You can instantly open the PC Settings app by searching for it in the start menu or by pressing the Win + I keyboard shortcut.

What Does App Resetting Do?

When you reset an app in Windows 10, doesn’t matter what app it is, all the data, cache, settings, and modifications are instantly deleted. The app will essentially look like you just installed it.

Hope that helps If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article, do check out how to open the Settings app from Command Prompt and how to pin any page from the Settings app to the taskbar.

5 thoughts on “How to Reinstall or Reset PC Settings App in Windows 10”

  1. Avatar for Brenda Washburn
    Brenda Washburn

    For some unknown reason when I open the Settings app, it shows my husband’s name instead of mine. Do I need to reset the app to change it? My husband is not a user on my computer, but he helped me get started with it when the computer was new.

    1. Avatar for Bashkarla

      If your husband used his Microsoft account while setting up the Windows 10 system, it would show his name as the user account name. You can remedy this by creating a new user account with your own Microsoft account.

      If you are using a local account, you can change the account name by opening the Control Panel and going to the “User accounts -> Change your account name” page.

      If you don’t know whether you are using a Microsoft account or Local account to log in, open the Settings app and see if it says “Local Account” under the user account name. If it says “Local Account,” then you are using a local account. If you see an email address under the user account name, then you are using a Microsoft account.

      I hope that helps.

  2. Avatar for Thinura

    Hey I am on Windows 11. When I open my settings app, it will freeze for a while and opening how to fix that. I tried reset and repairing.

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