Windows 10: "Uninstall or change a Program" doesn't open "Programs and Features"

  1.    21 Aug 2017 #1

    "Uninstall or change a Program" doesn't open "Programs and Features"

    Recently, I noticed that when I click the "Uninstall or change a Program" button, "Apps and Features" in the Settings window opens rather than the "Programs and Features" window it always was. I preferred that window as it showed more programs and gave more details. Is there a way to make the "Programs and Features" window open instead? Or is this result of an update?
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  2. Posts : 5,152
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       21 Aug 2017 #2

    What I use is the familiar Control Panel. I put Control in the Search box and click the resultant Control Panel item. Once it is open I right-click its icon on the Taskbar and choose Pin to Taskbar, always there for me to make a choice. I use it nearly every day.
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    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       21 Aug 2017 #3

    pong956 said: View Post
    ... is this result of an update?
    Welcome to TenForums @pong956

    Possibly, the Creators Update makes a lot more use of the Settings app in preference to the old Control Panel. In fact some settings have now been completely moved from Control panel to Settings, this isn't one of them though.

    I don't know what you mean by the "Uninstall or change a Program" button. I don't recall seeing one, where exactly do you see it?

    In the mean time, if you scroll to the bottom of 'Apps & features' there's a link to 'Programs and Features' under 'Related settings'.
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  4.    21 Aug 2017 #4

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    When I used to click that it went straight to the Programs and Features window, but now it goes to the Settings window.
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  5.    21 Aug 2017 #5

    In the upper right corner of apps and features you can click the link to go to programs and features
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  6. Posts : 8,064
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       21 Aug 2017 #6

    pong956 said: View Post
    When I used to click that it went straight to the Programs and Features window, but now it goes to the Settings window.
    Thank you. I've never clicked that, preferring to go direct to Settings or Control Panel to find it.

    Yes, I can confirm that this is a change introduced in the Creators Update (1703), and that the Anniversary Update (1607) and earlier took you to 'Programs and Features'. As this is on File Explorer's ribbon it is probably hard-coded into the software, so there'll be no easy 'fix' I'm afraid.
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  7. Posts : 8,064
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       21 Aug 2017 #7

    You can create a shortcut to take you there, there are several commands you can use.

    explorer shell:::{7b81be6a-ce2b-4676-a29e-eb907a5126c5}
    See: CLSID Key (GUID) Shortcuts List for Windows 10

    Or this command:
    control /name Microsoft.ProgramsAndFeatures
    List of Commands to Open Control Panel Items in Windows 10

    You can also put 'Programs and Features' on the Win+X menu you see when you right-click on Start.
    Open Programs and Features from Win+X to Control Panel or Settings
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