Windows 10 issue: ms-settings:display

When you try to open the "Display Settings" or the "Personalize" option from the context menu, you may receive the following error message: "ms-settings: display – This File does not have a Program Associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel".

There are 4 methods that may help you solve this “ms-settings: display” issue.
  • Reset Windows Store Cache
  • Fix system corruptions with DISM tool
  • Restore System to an early point
  • Delete Registry Key: ms-settings 

Method 1. Reset Windows Store Cache

Please follow the steps below to reset the Windows Store cache.
(1)    Press Win + R keys together to open the Run window.
(2)    Type wsreset.exe and press Enter, then you will see the following window.

(3)    Wait for a few minutes until the Windows Store runs automatically.
(4)    Close the Windows Store window and try to open Personalization settings.

Method 2. Fix System Corruptions with DISM Tool

(1)    Press Win + X and choose Windows PowerShell (Admin)

(2)    Execute the following two commands in sequence.
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

(3)    Reboot the system

Method 3. Restore the System to an Early Working Point

The System Restore Point can help us solve most system problems if there is a working point.
(1)    Press Win + R to open the Run window
(2)    Type rstrui and click OK 

(3)    Press Next button at the bottom of the opened System Restore window
(4)    Select an older restore point to restore the system.

Method 4. Delete the Registry Key: ms-settings

It is necessary to do a registry backup or a system backup before deleting registry keys. After backup, please follow the steps below to delete the registry.
(1)    Press Win + R to open the Run window
(2)    Type regedit and click OK to open the Registry Editor. 

(3)    Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\classes\
(4)    Delete or rename the key ms-settings

(5)    Reboot the system.


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