Fix: Control Panel not Opening in Windows 10
Windows 10 is definitely a great improvement when it comes to a desktop operating system in the Windows series. This statement stands true especially after what people were provided with in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Microsoft tried to do too many things at once and this led to a very confusing system which was not only criticised around the world, but people were also rolling back to Windows 7 after trying Windows 8.
Windows 8.1 brought some improvements but it was still a mixture of an operating system that was meant to be for touchscreen devices and for desktop-class PCs. Windows 10 however, fixes a lot of these problems and it was important for Microsoft to achieve this.
It’s not that Windows 10 does not come with touch related features anymore, but Microsoft has done some serious work on Windows 10 to make sure that both of these experiences stay in the same system without interfering each other.
Anyway, coming to the topic, Windows 10 also has some bugs just like any other Windows operating system in the past. Some people face issues with the Store and other people face some other bugs. But there is one bug related to the Control Panel that we are going to talk about in this post.
Many people have been facing problems related to the Control Panel on Windows 10 and this is what the post is about. I will post some solutions to the Control Panel not opening on Windows 10 problem which will help you in fixing the issue. Let’s get started.
Control Panel won’t open in Windows 10
- Run a full system scan
- Clean your startup program list
- Make sure Windows 10 Software Licensing service is running
- Run the System File Checker and scan your PC
- Use Microsoft’s very own utility to fix the problem
- Tweak your Registry
- Change display scaling
- Reinstall Windows 10 again
Solution #1: Your PC has a malware, run a full system scan
Did you know that malware cause many of the problems of Windows based PCs? You can easily get rid of these problems by eliminating these malwares using a good anti-malware program like Windows Defender. Believe it or not, Windows Defender is actually at par with other security programs for Windows. You can easily scan your PC with Windows Defender to see if your PC is affected with some malware or not and if Defender finds any kind of malware on your PC, it will make sure it cleans up your PC.
Solution #2: Clean your startup program list
There is a possibility that a program running at your PC’s startup is causing some sort of problem with Control Panel. To fix this, follow the steps below.
- Open Task manager. Right click on the task bar and click on Task manager.
- Now open the Startup tab in Task Manager. You will see a list of programs that are executed when your PC starts up.
- You can look at the list of programs and disable all those which you don’t think do anything productive while starting up the PC. But be careful and do not disable a program that may harm your PC in some way. Google is your friend, so use it.
Solution #3: Make sure Windows 10 Software Licensing service is running
- Press the Windows key + R this will start the Windows Run dialogue.
- Now enter services.msc into the Run dialogue box and press ENTER.
- This will open up the Windows Services window and you will notice the number of services running on your PC. Using this utility you can start or stop a service as per your requirements.
- Make sure that the Software Licensing service is running and if now, then start it and restart your computer. This should fix the problem.
Solution #4: Run the System File Checker and scan your PC
If the previous solutions don’t work, then just try running the system file checker. To do this, follow the steps given below.
- Search for CMD in the start menu and press Ctrl + SHIFT + ENTER simulatenously and this will start the Command Prompt in administrator mode.
- Press Yes for any prompts and then type in the following in the command prompt.
- This will start scanning your system for corrupt files and it will also fix it if there are any corrupt files on your system.
Solution #5: Use Microsoft’s very own utility to fix the problem
If you are still looking for a solution, then I hope this will fix it for you in one go. Just follow the steps below.
- Head over to this link and download the utility.
- Once downloaded, just double-click it torun the utility. It will look like this:
- Click the Next button and let it scan your PC. This will take some time so hang on.
- After the scan is complete, the utility will fix the issues automatically and now the Control Panel should work just fine.
Solution #6: Tweak your Registry
Many Windows 10 users confirmed that deleting the BagMRU and Bags folders brought Control Panel back. Before you tweak your Registry, don’t forget to first back it up. In case anything goes wrong, you’ll be able to restore a working OS version.
So, here are the steps to follow:
- Go to Start > type regedit > navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWAREClassesLocal SettingsSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsShell
- Delete entire BagMRU and Bags folders
Solution #7: Change display scaling
Other users confirmed that changing display settings fixed the problem. As surprising as this solution may seem, it worked for many users, so it’s worth giving it a try.
If you scaled your display beyond 100%, this may explain why Control Panel is not available. So, if you are using any other setting than 100% for your text, apps, scale it down to 100%.
Go to Start > type ‘Change the size of apps on the screen’ and double click on the first result. Go to Custom scaling and change the value back to 100%.
Solution #8: Reinstall Windows 10 again
Most of the people who are facing this issue are people who have upgraded from either Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1. The issue seems to disappear when you install a new and fresh Windows 10 on your PC. So why not just go ahead and try it?
These are some of the working solutions that seem to fix the Control Panel not opening on Windows 10 problem. If you fixed this exact problem using some other way, then make sure to comment below with the solution as it will help other people to get rid of this bug.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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