FIX: The Settings app crashes in Windows 11

Madalina Dinita
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  • Some users complained that the Settings app crashes in Windows 11 build 22000.51.
  • Microsoft acknowledged the issue and promised to fix it in a future preview build.
  • In the meantime, they provided a workaround that anyone can easily apply.
  • Other insiders who upgraded to the latest build claim that the app also lags.
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Windows 11 is certainly the most exciting OS release to date but like any build or version before, it’s got its share of bugs and problems.

Some users complained on the Microsoft community website that the Settings app closes automatically in Windows 11.

Microsoft acknowledged it as a known issue that affects devices with multiple user accounts that have gone through the Windows 11 build 22000.51 upgrade.

We now have a solution that we’re presenting below but you can also see our Windows 11 build review to read all there is to know about this OS iteration.

What can I do if the Settings app crashes in build 22000.51?

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Type powershell and click to open the Windows PowerShell application from the results.
  3. Copy and paste the following command and then execute it by pressing Enter: Get-appxpackage |? {($_.version -ne "2.62106.1002.0")} | remove-appxpackage
    Add-appxpackage -Register -DisableDevelopmentMode -ForceApplicationShutdown C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.UI.Xaml.CBS_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AppxManifest.xml
    Get-appxpackage |? {($_.version -ne "2.62106.1002.0")} | remove-appxpackage
    Add-appxpackage -Register -DisableDevelopmentMode -ForceApplicationShutdown C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.UI.Xaml.CBS_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AppxManifest.xml
  4. Next, try and see if the Settings app opens.
  5. If not, run the command once again and see if the app starts normally.
  6. If the app still crashes, reboot your computer and try again.

It seems that the problem is that the Settings app is not launching or crashes on devices that have multiple user accounts before installing the build.

Microsoft prepared a blog post in which states that they are aware of the problem and a fix is underway in a future preview build.

However, they also provided a workaround for this issue that you can perform after the installation of the preview build. Follow the steps above to fix the problem.

Another issue with the Settings app

We’re not yet sure if they are related or not, but other users also complained on Reddit that the Settings app is very slow:

Anyone facing lag and 1 sec. delay when clicking anything in the settings? I am on i5 7200U, 8GB DDR4 RAM 2133Mhz.

It seems like any click on any menu from the Settings app requires a bit of crunching from the system before it kicks into gear.

Other users mentioned that they faced the same problem, but we don’t have yet to find the root of this problem or a solution for that matter.

If you are experiencing lag or delay in Settings, you should, however, try the solution provided above and see if that improves the situation.

This is not a critical issue but there are some. For instance, we’ve got an excellent guide that will help you fix the 0xc0000005 error on Windows 11 if you encounter it.

What do you think about the new Windows 11? If you’ve had problems with the Settings app, tell us all about it in the comments section below.

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