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    Open Settings in Windows 10

    How to Open Settings in Windows 10
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    19 Dec 2017
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    Most of the settings you'll want to change in Windows 10 are in Settings. Settings is organized into the separate System, Devices, Phone, Network & Internet, Personalization, Apps, Accounts, Time & language, Gaming, Ease of Access, Cortana, Privacy, and Update & security categories. You can click/tap on a category to view and change more settings for that category.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 16188, Cortana's settings have been integrated into Settings.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 16199, Microsoft has made some changes in Settings:
    • Broadcast using game-only audio: Under Settings > Gaming > Broadcasting, you can now choose “Per-app audio” to broadcast using only the game’s audio to Beam as opposed to the audio for your entire PC.
    • Audio settings is now Game DVR in Game bar: We have renamed the Audio settings page under the settings in Game bar to be Game DVR. All Game DVR settings from the general gaming settings page has been moved to be under Game DVR. Per-app audio settings is also included here as well.
    • Settings > System > About now integrated with System Health: The About Settings page has been simplified to be accessible to all customers. In addition to the overall UX cleanup, we have also added a health section that pulls in information from the Windows Defender Security Center so you can see your system health at a glance.
    • Tips and Videos in Settings: To help you learn more about your options, we’re starting to add tips and videos to Settings.
    • Expanding Storage Sense’s abilities: During development of the Windows 10 Creators Update, we added the ability to automatically free up space using Storage Sense.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 16251, a new Phone page has been added to Settings to be able to link your Android or iphone. Having you link your phone ensures that your sessions from your phone are continued only on to the PC that you’ve chosen. After adding your phone to be linked, you will receive an SMS from us directing you to install a test application called “Microsoft Apps” for Android that completes the link between your phone and PC and enables one of our first cross device browsing scenarios.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17063, you’ll find not only has Microsoft refreshed the Settings UI leveraging Fluent Design principles, but have also redesigned the Settings homepage with an eye for visual acuity.


    This tutorial will show you different ways on how to open the Settings app in Windows 10.
    Note   Note
    The built-in Administrator account will not be able to open Settings using step 3, step 4, or step 5 in OPTION ONE below, but will be able to open Settings using step 2 in OPTION ONE below.

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    Here's How:

    1. Do step 2 (keyboard), step 3 (Win+X), step 4 (Start), or step 5 (File Explorer), step 6 (Action Center), or step 7 (command) below for how you would like to open the Settings app.

    2. Press the Windows + i keys, and go to step 8 below.

    3. Open the Win+X Quick Link menu, click/tap on Settings, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)
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    4. Click/tap on the Start button on the taskbar or press the Windows key to open the Start menu, click/tap on the Settings link at the bottom left, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Open File Explorer, and click/tap on This PC in the navigation pane. Click/tap on the Computer tab, click/tap on Open Settings in the ribbon, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

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    6. Open the Action Center, click/tap on the All settings button at the bottom, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

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    7. In Run (Win+R) or the address bar of File Explorer, type ms-settings: and press Enter, and then go to step 8 below.

    8. You can now view and change the Settings you like. (see screenshots below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1.    07 Aug 2015 #1

    so good to have you here with us
    another great tout
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  2.    18 Nov 2015 #2

    Hey Brink...

    When I go into safe-mode, via the Advanced Startup Options I get the following message:

    This app can't open.
    Get Started can't be opened using the Built-In Administrator account. Sign in with a different account and try again.

    Pressing Close clears the box. I didn't have the built-in Administrator defined.

    Thinking I needed to create the Built-In Administrator I did so and when I choose the B-I Admin account I get this message which seems to be a similar message: You'll need a new app to open this ms-get-started. Clicking anywhere on the screen clears the message. My normal account still gets the first message.

    I've never seen these messages when running Windows normally. Any ideas on getting rid of these messages? I don't know if the instructions in this tutorial apply to safe-mode and quite frankly I have a hard time following them.
    Last edited by streetwolf; 18 Nov 2015 at 13:12.
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       18 Nov 2015 #3

    Hello steetwolf,

    I just tested, and I get the same thing in Safe Mode while signing in to my Microsoft account that's an administrator.

    It doesn't appear to affect anything though once I close the message.

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  4.    18 Nov 2015 #4

    Sounds like Get Started might be information on Windows after you first bring it up, or perhaps it's looking for the app that sets things up for your account. Just a guess.
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  5. Posts : 28,545
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       18 Nov 2015 #5

    Yeah, it's for the Get Started app. Windows apps can't open while in Safe Mode.
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  6.    18 Nov 2015 #6

    Found this: Windows 10: Built-in Administrator account issuesWindows 10: Built-in Administrator account issues - Information Technology Blog

    Haven't tried it yet. Wonder if it has to be done when in safe-mode for my normal account and B-I account?
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  7. Posts : 28,545
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       18 Nov 2015 #7

    streetwolf said: View Post
    Found this: Windows 10: Built-in Administrator account issuesWindows 10: Built-in Administrator account issues - Information Technology Blog

    Haven't tried it yet. Wonder if it has to be done when in safe-mode for my normal account and B-I account?
    I would not recommend doing that. That basically strips the "elevated" rights of the built-in Administrator account, and turns it into a normal unelevated administrator account.
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  •    18 Nov 2015 #8

    Guess I'll live with it. Like you said the message is easy to get rid of and doesn't appear to harm anything. In any event it probably is a bug.
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  • Posts : 28,545
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       22 Apr 2016 #9

    UPDATE:

    Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14328, all pages in the Settings app now have individual icons associated with them. These individual icons will also be shown when you pin a settings page to Start. A dropdown flyout with page suggestions has also been added that will appear as you type into the Settings search box. These changes are designed to make it easier to find the settings you are looking for.
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