How to Open System from Win+X Menu to Control Panel or Settings in Windows 10
InformationThe 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 build 14942, System in the Win+X menu opens to Settings by default now instead of the Control Panel.
This tutorial will show you how to have System in the Win+X Quick Link menu open to Control Panel or Settings for your account in Windows 10.
EXAMPLE: System in Win+X menu open to Control Panel or Settings
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 System in the Win+X menu to open to.
2. Save the .zip file to your desktop.
3. Unblock the .zip file.
4. Open the .zip file. (see screenshots below)
5. Open a seperate File Explorer window, copy and paste the location below into the address bar, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)
6. Drag and drop (copy) the 06 - SystemAbout shortcut from the .zip file in step 4 into the Group3 folder in step 5.
7. Click/tap on Replace the file in the destination when prompted. (see screenshot below)
8. Restart explorer to apply.
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I just downloaded and installed the "RTM" Creator's update, and this seems to no longer work.
I'm not sure WHY - the Control Panel shortcut works, but if I try to replace any of the four Modern "group 3" WinX shortcuts with their versions from 1607, and restart Explorer, they simply disappear from the list!
See here ...
Note that the names have been changed, they are now:
04-1 - NetworkStatus.lnk
06 - SystemAbout.lnk
08 - PowerAndSleep.lnk
10 - AppsAndFeatures.lnk
I tried overwriting them using a livebooting Linux (in case it was something funky with the naming), just doing a direct replace of the SystemAbout link with the one from 1607, and nope - "System" is gone upon boot. It's like it's somehow hash-checking those shortcuts when starting Explorer
Curious that Control Panel works just fine though, as seen in my screenshot, that one goes in Group2 and not Group3 for what it's worth.