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MS-settings: display, This file does not have an associated application to perform this action

Some users can't open the Settings app in Windows 11/10. According to them, when they try to access the display settings or open the Settings appa blank window appears on their screen with an error message "No application is associated with this file to perform this action." Restarting the system does not resolve this issue. If you encounter the same issue while accessing Windows 11/10 settings, you can try the solutions provided in this article.

Some users have tried to access the display settings by right-clicking on their desktop, but have received the same error message.

The full error message is as follows:

ms parameters:displaying

There is no application associated with this file to perform this action. Please install an app or, if it is already installed, create a team in the Default App Settings page.

MS-settings: display – This file does not have an associated application to perform this action

If you see this error while accessing Windows 11/10 settings, one of the following suggestions can help you fix it.

  1. Run SFC and DISM scans
  2. Re-register UWP apps
  3. Scan your PC with your antivirus software
  4. Create a new local administrator account
  5. Try System Restore
  6. Perform an in-place upgrade

Let's see all these solutions in detail.

1]Run SFC and DISM scans

 

Getting an error message while accessing Windows 11/10 settings may indicate system file corruption. The Windows operating system has built-in tools that repair corrupted system image files. System File Checker is one such tool. The System File Checker tool scans a user's entire system for corrupted system image files and repairs them (if possible). Therefore, running an SFC scan can be beneficial for you.

DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) is another system image repair tool. You can run a DISM scan if the SFC tool fails to repair corrupted Windows image files.

SFC and DISM scans have solved the problem for many users.

 

2]Re-register UWP apps

Sometimes apps won't start or crash unexpectedly. In this case, re-registering Microsoft Store apps resolves the issue. Because you can't access Windows 11/10 settings, you must re-register Microsoft Store apps by running a command in Windows PowerShell.

After that, restart your computer.

3]Scan your PC with your antivirus software

A possible cause of this problem is infection with a virus or malware. Therefore, we suggest that you scan your system with your antivirus software installed or use Microsoft Safety Scanner.

Microsoft Safety Scanner scans your system and removes malware (if detected). If you have third-party antivirus or antimalware software, you can also run a full system scan using that software.

4]Create a local administrator account

If the antivirus or antimalware software does not detect any threats on your system, your user profile may be corrupted. You can confirm this by creating a new local administrator account. To create a local administrator account, you need to go to Windows 11/10 settings. But due to this error, the Settings app refuses to open. Therefore, you must create the local administrator account by running a command in an elevated command prompt.

MS-settings: display, This file does not have an associated application to perform this action

Now, log in to the newly created local admin account and check if you can access windows 11/10 settings. If this is the case, your old user account has been corrupted. Now, you need to transfer all your user data to your newly created local administrator account. The following steps will help you:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Open drive C and then open the Users folder. There you will find all the user profile folders.
  3. Now, open your old user profile folder and copy all the content in it.
  4. Open the new user profile folder and paste all the copied content into it. This will copy the data from your old user profile to the new one.

5]Try System Restore

MS-settings: display – This file does not have an associated application to perform this action

If you created a System Restore point, you can restore your computer to the state just before the error occurred.

6]Perform an in-place upgrade

Perform an in-place upgrade if all of the above solutions did not resolve your issue. In-place upgrade installs the Windows operating system on your computer without removing the old version. If you perform an in-place upgrade, your data will not be deleted. But we recommend that you back up all your data before performing the upgrade in place.

How do I fix this? No application is associated with this file to perform this action?

If you encounter the error message "This file is not associated with an application to perform this action" when opening Windows 11/10 settings, some of your system image files may have been corrupted. Therefore, running the SFC and DISM scans can help you resolve the issue. If that doesn't help, you can try re-registering Microsoft Store apps. Another cause of this problem is infection with a virus or malware. Therefore, you should also run a full system scan with your antivirus and antimalware software.

Some users have also encountered the following error message. According to them, this happened when they were trying to open an application or software installed on their computer.

This file does not have an associated program to perform this action. Please install a program or, if it is already installed, create an association in the default programs control panel.

Some of the affected users have also reported that this error message may also appear if Spora Ransomware has infected your computer. If you encounter this error message on your system, you should check if your registry settings have not been corrupted.

Why don't MS settings work?

There can be many reasons why MS Settings application not working, like corrupted system image files, corrupted user account, etc. Apart from that, there may be a third-party app that conflicts with the Settings app. If this is the case, troubleshooting in the clean boot state will help you identify the problematic application or software.

I hope this helps you.

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