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Show Control Panel in WinX Menu in Windows 10

Show Control Panel in WinX Menu in Windows 10: This tutorial is for you if you are looking for a way to Restore Control Panel Shortcut to WinX Menu in Windows 10 after the latest Creator Update (build 1703) removed the Control Panel from Win + X menu. The Control Panel was instead replaced by Settings App which already has a shortcut (Windows key + I ) to open it directly. So this doesn’t make sense to many users and instead, they want to again show Control Panel in WinX Menu.

Show Control Panel in WinX Menu in Windows 10

Now you need to either pin the shortcut of Control Panel to the desktop or use Cortana, search, run dialog box etc to open Control Panel. But the problem is most of the users have already build a habit to open Control Panel from WinX Menu. So without wasting any time let’s see How to Show Control Panel in WinX Menu in Windows 10 with the help of the below-listed tutorial.

Show Control Panel in WinX Menu in Windows 10

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

1.Right-click in an empty area on the desktop then select New > Shortcut.

Right-click on the desktop & select New then Shortcut

2.Under “type the location of the item” field copy and paste the following then click Next:

%windir%\system32\control.exe

Create Control Panel Shortcut on Desktop

3.Now you would be asked to name this shortcut, name anything you like for example “Control Panel Shortcut” and click Next.

Name this shortut like Control Panel Shortcut and click Next

4.Press Windows Key + E to open File Explorer then copy & paste the following into the explorer address bar and hit Enter:

%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\WinX

%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\WinX

5.Here you will see the folders: Group 1, Group 2, and Group 3.

Here you will see the folders Group 1, Group 2, and Group 3

See the below image to understand the what these 3 different group. Actually, they are just different section under WinX Menu.

The 3 different groups are just different section under WinX Menu

5.Once you decided in which section you want to display Control Panel shortcut simply double-click on that group, for example, let’s say Group 2.

6.Copy the Control Panel shortcut you created in step 3 then paste it inside Group 2 folder (or the group you selected).

Copy the Control Panel shortcut then paste it inside Group folder you selected

7.When you’re done, close everything and reboot your PC to save changes.

8.After restart, press Windows Key + X to open WinX menu and there you would see the Control Panel shortcut.

Show Control Panel in WinX Menu in Windows 10

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That’s it you have successfully learned How to Show Control Panel in WinX Menu in Windows 10 but if you still have any questions regarding this tutorial then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

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