Restore the Control Panel link in Windows 10’s Win+X menu

Win X Menu with Settings rather than Control Panel

After I allowed the “Feature update to Windows 10 version 1703” to run, I found that the “Control Panel” option from the “Right Click/Start” had been replaced with “Settings”.

I use “Control Panel” a lot and wanted to get it back. After some hunting around I found a program called WinXMenuEditor by winaerodownload from here

Win X Menu Editor files

Once you have downloaded the Zip file, unpack it into a new folder on your desktop. You’ll see 4 files

Click on WinXEditor.exe, it can take a few seconds to start so be patient.

Group 2

Scroll down a bit to find “Group 2” and then click on the “Group 2” folder

From the menu at the top, clock on “Add a program/Add a Control Panel item”

Now you can re-add the “Control Panel” item to the menu

"All Control Panel Items" and "Control Panel"

If you prefer to use “Category” view, click on “Control Panel” or, if like me you prefer icons, click on “All Control Panel Items” and then click “Select”

Win X Menu after re-adding Control Panel

You come back to the list of items. You can now use the arrows on the right hand side to re-arrance where the items are displayed. Finally, click on “Restart Explorer” to save the changes. Now Right click the start button (or use windows+x) and you’ll find that the control panel is back in your menu

More information about this software can be found here




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