SOLVED: How To Start Settings App From Command Line in Windows 10

UPDATE JANUARY 10, 2020: Some of these no longer function, so we have a a complete list of ways to open the SETTINGS APP here:
16 Different Ways To Start Settings App Windows 10


how-to-start-windows-10-settings-from-command-lineIf you are having problems with the START button or just want to write a script to start Windows 10 (and Server 2016) from a command prompt or in START, RUN (Windows Key + R) simply type:

start ms-settings:
Don’t miss the colon at the end

If you want to do this with Powershell type:

start ms-settings:

This command will ONLY work on Windows 10 (and Server 2016) .  If you are on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 (or Windows 10!) you can use this command to start the SETTINGS app:

Explorer.exe shell:AppsFolder\Windows.ImmersiveControlPanel_cw5n1h2txyewy!

Thanks to THIS site and THIS site for there work in answering the same question.


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    Paul Hawkins January 7, 2020 at 7:37 am

    None of these work in Windows 10 as of Windows Update December 2019

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