Personalized Settings Not Working in Windows 10? Here’s How to Fix it

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Some people are reporting that Personalized Settings has stopped responding after a Windows 10 update.

They are seeing an error message that reads, “Personalized Settings (Not Responding) after they updated and rebooted their PC; once the error is there, nothing else on the PC works. This can happen for any number of reasons – a faulty update, a system file is corrupted, faulty, driver, and so on.

We’ve got a few ways that you can try to fix this irritating error:

  1. Start File Explorer again

The implication is that Windows Explorer is stuck, running in the background, and unable to open. Restart it and it might free it all up. You need to use Task Manager so press CTRL+ALT+DEL, open Task Manager, and click on the Processes tab. Right-click Task Manager and click on Restart.

If that doesn’t work:

  1. Use Task Manager to Open File Explorer

The next thing is to press CTRL+ALT+DEL and open Task Manager. Click on File -> Run New Task. In the field, type in explore.exe and press Enter. File Explorer should open normally on your screen.

If not:

  1. Delete a Registry Key

If the latest update caused this problem, it can be fixed by deleting a registry key. The first thing you MUST do is back your registry file up first. Next, open Task Manager and click on File -> Run New Task.

In the box, type Regedit, check the Create This Task With Admin Privileges box and click on OK. The registry editor opens. Now go to this path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components

Look in the folder called Installed Components and you should see a key called {89820200-ECBD-11cf-8B85-00AA005B4340}. Right-click on it and choose Delete.

Has that worked? If not, try this:

  1. Use a System Restore Point

This is the last resort if none of the above has worked and this will only work if you have been creating System Restore Points, especially before you update.  You will need a bootable USB drive or a Windows DVD to do this because, once the error is on your screen, you can’t open the Taskbar search box.

Apart from those fixes, try these too:

  • Reboot your computer
  • Open System File Checker and run a scan for file corruption. If the update has corrupted a file, this will find it and fix it.
  • Unplug every device attached to your computer and try rebooting.

If the problem comes back, you can always try updating your graphics driver and see if that helps.

Are you getting this error? Hopefully, something in this article has helped fix it for you.

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