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Restore Control Panel missing from Windows 10 right click menu

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Restore Control Panel missing after Windows 10 Creators Update

With Windows 10, Microsoft is trying to move users away from the Control Panel in favour of the newer Settings menu. However, a lot of us are familiar with the old Control Panel and still rely on it for many things.

In recent a update to Windows 10,  (Creators Update) the Control Panel shortcut has been removed from the Win X menu (accessed by right clicking the Start button).

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Fortunately there is an easy way to get it back:

Bring up the Run Command > Win Key + R

Run > %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\WinX\Group2

WinX > Group2 folder contains a “Control Panel” item, but this appears in the menu as “Settings”

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Rename the existing “Control Panel” > “Control Panel – new” to prevent it being overwritten.

Download the old style control panel item here Control Panel-Win-10-Menu

Copy “Control Panel” into Group 2 folder

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Restart Windows Explorer from within Task Manager

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Now Control Panel appears again in the Win X menu!

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Finally – when you first open the new control panel link, you will get this prompt:

Uncheck “Always ask before opening this file”

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4 Responses to Restore Control Panel missing from Windows 10 right click menu

  1. roberto June 4, 2017 at 12:26 am #

    nice thanks but it ask you if you want to open when you click the link
    how do you get around that

    • Alan June 11, 2017 at 5:11 pm #

      I have amended the post to cover this:

      Finally – when you first open the new control panel link, you will get this prompt:

      Uncheck “Always ask before opening this file”

  2. Jacek August 31, 2017 at 4:33 pm #

    Hi Alan, this is a brilliant tip, now I have the control panel back where I wanted to and where it originally used to reside before the Creator’s Upgrade. Thanks a million. Other tips I have found online like “pinning to Start Menu or Taskbar” are half measures and your tip is the real thing!

    • Alan September 9, 2017 at 8:29 am #

      Glad it worked out well for you!

  3. Michael November 2, 2017 at 4:46 am #

    Thank you. exactly what I was looking for

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