In my new laptop, the Windows 10 search for settings works, but when I click on one of those results nothing happens.

For example, if I search for "touchpad":

search for touchpad

The item appears, however if I click on it, nothing happens. And I mean, nothing, the Start menu is not even being closed.

However, the results for the old settings work (the ones highlighted would work, the ones with the red ! won't):

old settings

If I search for "Settings" and open the control panel, I can navigate to those settings. So it's not a problem with Settings itself, but with the search results (I think):

Settings app

Any ideas? Thanks.

  • Do you have UAC disabled. Settings is a Windows Store/Modern UI/Universal Windows Program, UAC must be enabled, for UWPs to function.
    – Ramhound
    May 31, 2016 at 20:35
  • Same problem here. Started a couple days ago.
    – Dax Fohl
    Jun 1, 2016 at 11:10
  • @Ramhound no, UAC is enabled. It's the default. It's a brand new computer, 2 weeks of use. Jun 1, 2016 at 16:17
  • FWIW I rebooted (duh) and the problem went away.
    – Dax Fohl
    Jun 1, 2016 at 17:36

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I had the same symptoms and found a blog post with a fix that worked for me.

Run the following in an elevated powershell prompt:

Get-appxpackage -all *shellexperience* -packagetype bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “\appxmetadata\appxbundlemanifest.xml”)}

Get-appxpackage -allusers | foreach {add-appxpackage -disabledevelopmentmode -register “$($_.installlocation)\appxmanifest.xml”}

And then restart your machine

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