Some users cannot open the Settings app in Windows 11/10. According to them, when they try to go to 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 solve this problem. If you face the same problem while accessing Windows 11/10 settings, you can try the solutions provided in this article.
Some users tried to access display settings by right-clicking on their desktop, but received the same error message.
The full error message is:
No application is associated with this file to perform this action. Please install an app or, if already installed, create an association on the Default Apps Settings page.
MS-settings: display – This file does not have an associated application to perform this action
If you see this error when accessing Windows 11/10 settings, one of the following suggestions may help you fix it.
- Run SFC and DISM scans
- Reregister UWP apps
- Scan your PC with your antivirus software
- Create a new local administrator account
- Try System Restore
- 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 corruption of system files. The Windows operating system has built-in tools that repair corrupt system image files. System File Checker is one such tool. The System File Checker tool scans a user’s entire system for corrupt 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 corrupt Windows image files.
SFC and DISM scan solved the problem for many users.
2]Re-register UWP apps
Sometimes apps won’t start or crash unexpectedly. In this case, re-registering the Microsoft Store apps fixes the problem. Since you cannot access Windows 11/10 settings, you need to 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 for this problem is virus or malware infection. Therefore, we suggest that you scan your system with your installed antivirus software or use Microsoft Safety Scanner.
Microsoft Safety Scanner scans your system and removes malware (if detected). If you have third-party anti-virus or anti-malware software, you can also run a full system scan using that software.
4]Create a local administrator account
If anti-virus or anti-malware 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 access Windows 11/10 settings. But due to this error, the Settings app refuses to open. Therefore, you need to create the local administrator account by running a command in an elevated command prompt.
Now log into the newly created local administrator account and check if you can access Windows 11/10 settings. If so, your old user account has been corrupted. Now you need to transfer all your user data to your newly created local admin account. The following steps will help you:
- Open File Explorer.
- Open the C drive then open the Users case. Here you will find all user profile folders.
- Now open your old user profile folder and copy all the contents inside it.
- Open the new user profile folder and paste all the copied content into it. This will copy data from your old user profile to the new one.
5]Try System Restore
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 the solutions above did not resolve your issue. In-place upgrade installs the Windows operating system on your computer without removing the older 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 in-place upgrade.
How to solve this problem ? No application is associated with this file to perform this action?
If you encounter the error “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 damaged. corrupt. Therefore, running the SFC and DISM scans can help you fix the problem. If that doesn’t help, you can try re-registering Microsoft Store apps. Another cause of this problem is virus or malware infection. 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, it 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 can 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 app not working like corrupted system image files, corrupted user account etc. Other than that, there might be a third-party app conflicting with the Settings app. If so, troubleshooting in Clean Boot State will help you identify the problematic application or software.
I hope this helps you.
Read more: Custom settings not responding in Windows 11/10.