Microsoft is working on an update to the built-in Windows 10 Settings app. The feature is already available to a small select group of Windows Insiders. If you are not part of that group, here is how to force enable the new header.
Settings is a Universal app bundled with Windows 10. It is created to replace the classic Control Panelfor both touch screen users and mouse and keyboard Desktop users. It consists of several pages which bring new options to configure Windows 10 along with some older options inherited from the classic Control Panel. In every release, Windows 10 is getting more and more classic options converted to a modern page in the Settings app. At some point, Microsoft might remove the classic Control Panel completely.
The updated Settings app features a new header, that displays some bits of important information related to your user account and the OS. See the following screenshot:
Along the user account information, which includes your name and the e-mail address you use for the Microsoft Account, the new header area also comes with a number of links to quickly access the Your Phone options page, and the Windows Update settings page. Also, there is a link to Microsoft Rewards and OneDrive.
The updated user interface of the Settings app made its first appearance in Windows 10 build 18928. If you are running build 18928 or above, follow the steps below to enable the header for your user account.
Force Enable the Windows 10 Settings Header
This can be done with help of mach2. According to its author, Rafael Rivera, mach2 is a third-party tool that manages the Feature Store, a core component of Feature Control, where these switches live. It can display which features are enabled or disabled on a machine. It can also assist with the discovery of interesting features to flip on and off.
To force enable the Windows 10 Settings header feature, do the following.
- Close the Settings app.
- Download the mach2 tool from its official GitHub page. To find which version you need, see the article How to determine if you are running 32-bit Windows or 64-bit.
- Extract the ZIP archive to any folder you want. For example, you can extract it to the folder c:\mach2.
- Open a new command prompt as Administrator.
- Go to the folder that contains your copy of the mach2 tool. E.g.
cd /d c:\mach2
- Type the following commands:
- Enable the value banner:
mach2 enable 18299130
- Enable the value banner:
- Enable OneDrive:
mach2 enable 19638738
- Enable Rewards:
mach2 enable 19638787
- Enable for domain-joined machines (internal):
mach2 enable 18863954
- Restart Windows 10.
If the new header doesn't become visible, check out the following list of restrictions. It won't show if you are:
- running Enterprise
- using an edition without Windows Spotlight (N)
- domain joined
- booted in safe mode
- signed in as Guest
- in a blacklisted region