Fix – Windows 8 “Change PC Settings” Not working

While facing the same problem I Googled about it and found I’m not the only one. Well, let me explain the problem for you. When I open the Windows 8 Charms Bar and click on Settings gear icon and then click on the Change PC Settings link on the bottom of the page, nothing happens!!

I went to this Microsoft Answers page and found an experienced Microsoft MVP gave a funny suggestion, which is to restore your Windows to previous condition. Dude, seriously! We just cannot roll our system back to some old stage.

So I used my head and tried to remember what I did wrong and how I can correct this. For me, it’s not possible to roll back to anywhere. Maybe my MVP friend have plenty of time, but unfortunately I don’t.

Then I remember that while playing with my start menu items, I have deleted the PC settings shortcut. This also happens if someone installs a 3rd party start menu and customizes that.

PC Settings

So I went to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs on a friend’s PC. Took the PC settings shortcut and put it in the same location on my PC.

Yahoo! it’s fixed!!

Well if you are suffering from the same problem and thinking where to get the shortcut from as you may not have any friend running Windows 8. Well, don’t worry, lit me help you in few easy steps-

  • Download the zip file from here.
  • Extract it and you’ll get the PC settings shortcut in there.
  • Put the shortcut in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs (You cannot move the shortcut to that place. You have to copy paste)

And you are good to go. Let me know how it went with you.

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