Windows 10 Apps and Settings won't launch

Help!! About 2 weeks after downloading the free upgrade to Windows 10, all of the my apps and settings won't launch.  PDF, Word, or Excel also will not open.  I get an error that says 'element not found' when I try to open apps.  I can't revert back to Window 8.1 because I can't get to the settings.  Is there a way to fix this or a way to uninstall 10 and re-install 8.1?  Very frustrating since I just recently purchased Office.  I sure hope I haven't lost it.  :(
 

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Last updated January 27, 2019 Views 2,596 Applies to:

Hello ,

Thank you for visiting Microsoft Community and providing us with the detailed description about the issue.

As per the description, I understand that you are experiencing issue with settings app not working after upgrading to Windows 10 in the system.

I would suggest you to try the following methods and check if that helps.

Method 1:DISM

Try the following steps to run DISM scan to check and restore system file corruption: 

  • Open command prompt by pressing Windows key + X and selecting “Command prompt admin”.
  • In command prompt, type the following commands and press Enter after each command:

   DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth

  DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

Method 2: SFC

Try the SFC scan to resolve the issue. SFC scans the corrupted files and recover it automatically.

To run the SFC/SCANNOW command in Windows 10: 

1.       Left click on Start button.

2.       Right click on Command Prompt (Admin) option which will let you run 'Run as administrator’.

3.       Command Prompt Window pops up.

4.       Type:  SFC /SCANNOW and hit Enter.

You can also follow the link below for reference:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929833

Please do let us know if you need any further assistance, we will be glad to assist you.

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I have a similar issue.  None of the "Bing" apps (News, Money, Weather, etc) will launch or uninstall.  I tried all of the above steps.  No change.  I also tried the GetApps string from the other forum in an admin powershell session. It just returned an error saying those apps were running and couldn't continue.

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Hi Ken,

Let's try these and check if it helps.

  1. Open the Task manager by pressing CTRL+Shift+ESC.
  2. Click File > Run New Task.
  3. Make sure you have a check mark beside “Create this task with administrative privileges.”
  4. Type CMD.
  5. Type the following 4 commands at the CMD prompt:

dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

sfc /scannow

powershell

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers |Where-Object {$_.InstallLocation -like "*SystemApps*"} | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

6. Close the CMD window

7. Check to see if the issue is resolved. If not, restart the PC.

Please update us with the status. We will be glad to assist you.

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I've follwed all these steps and restarted my PC and the apps and setting still won't launch/open. Here's what I've got 

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