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    Show Control Panel or Settings on Win+X Menu in Windows 10

    How to Show Control Panel or Settings on Win+X Menu in Windows 10
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    21 Aug 2017
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    How to Show Control Panel or Settings on Win+X Menu in Windows 10

    information   Information
    The Win+X Quick Link menu is a pop-up menu from the Start button that includes shortcuts of common management, configuration, and other power user Windows tools.

    Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14942, Control Panel was replaced by Settings in the Win+X menu.

    This tutorial will show you how to show Control Panel or Settings on the Win+X Quick Link menu for your account in Windows 10.


    EXAMPLE: Win+X menu showing Control Panel or Settings
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    Here's How:

    1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download a ZIP file for a Control Panel or Settings shortcut depending on what you want to show on your Win+X menu.

    Win+X_Control_Panel.zip

    download

    OR

    Win+X_Settings.zip

    download

    2. Save the .zip file to your desktop.

    3. Unblock the .zip file.

    4. Open the .zip file. (see screenshots below)

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    5. Open a seperate File Explorer window, copy and paste the location you want below into the address bar, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)
    Note   Note
    If you like, you can have both Settings and Control Panel in the Win+X menu, by having say Settings in Group2 and Control Panel in Group1, or Settings in Group1 and Control Panel in Group2 for whatever you want.


    (Middle default section in Win+X)
    %LocalAppdata%\Microsoft\Windows\WinX\Group2

    OR

    (Bottom section in Win+X)
    %LocalAppdata%\Microsoft\Windows\WinX\Group1

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    6. Drag and drop (copy) the 4 - Control Panel shortcut from the .zip file in step 4 into the Group1 or Group2 folder you selected in step 5.

    7. Click/tap on Replace the file in the destination when prompted. (see screenshot below)

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    8. Restart explorer to apply.



    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1. Posts : 8,880
    Windows 10 Professional
       10 Oct 2016 #1

    Excellent Mr. @Brink!
    Can we 'slam' the Settings one into Group 1 or will it create a problem down the road?
    So far it's working for me?

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  2. Posts : 22,910
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16257
    Thread Starter
       10 Oct 2016 #2

    Good idea Edwin. The downloaded Settings shortcut from the tutorial works well for me as well copied into the Group1 folder below.

    You could actually use either shortcut in Group1, and leave the other in Group2.

    %LocalAppdata%\Microsoft\Windows\WinX\Group1
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  3. Posts : 8,880
    Windows 10 Professional
       10 Oct 2016 #3

    Brink said: View Post
    Good idea Edwin. The downloaded Settings shortcut from the tutorial works well for me as well copied into the Group1 folder below.

    You could actually use either shortcut in Group1, and leave the other in Group2.

    %LocalAppdata%\Microsoft\Windows\WinX\Group1
    Yuppers! Remains working after Restart Explorer, restart PC and a cold boot!
    Better keep those shortcuts in a safe place, I've got a feeling the modifications won't survive an Update/Upgrade!
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  4. Posts : 22,910
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16257
    Thread Starter
       10 Oct 2016 #4

    Yeah, it'll most likely get reset after any new build.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 16,167
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       10 Oct 2016 #5

    Brink said: View Post
    Yeah, it'll most likely get reset after any new build.
    Disappointing and yes, sometimes a real pain,
    but the upgrades come as close to a clean install as one gets,
    so that users with OS problems can start with a clean slate.
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  6. Posts : 8,880
    Windows 10 Professional
       13 Oct 2016 #6

    Brink said: View Post
    Yeah, it'll most likely get reset after any new build.
    Voila!

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  7. Posts : 22,910
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16257
    Thread Starter
       13 Oct 2016 #7

    LOL, yeah build 14946 reset it for me as well, and had to do it again.
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  8.    15 Oct 2016 #8

    In 14946, the System and Power Options links now point to new Settings eqivalents BUT only if you clean install or create a new account!

    Maybe tutorial needs to be modified for this change?
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  9. Posts : 16,167
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       15 Oct 2016 #9

    cereberus said: View Post
    In 14946, the System and Power Options links now point to new Settings eqivalents BUT only if you clean install or create a new account!

    Maybe tutorial needs to be modified for this change?
    I only upgrade, only, and they point to the settings app on mine.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 
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