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Open Programs and Features from Win+X Menu to Control Panel or Settings in Windows 10

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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 build 14942, Programs and Features in the Win+X menu opens to Settings by default now instead of the Control Panel.

Programs and Features in the Win+X Quick Link menu has been renamed to Apps and Features.

This tutorial will show you how to have Apps and Features (Settings) or Programs and Features (Control Panel) in the Win+X Quick Link menu for your account in Windows 10.


EXAMPLE: Programs and Features in Win+X menu open to 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 Programs and Features in the Win+X menu to open to.

Control_Panel-Programs_and_Features.zip

download

OR

Settings-Apps_and_Features.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 below into the address bar, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

%LocalAppdata%\Microsoft\Windows\WinX\Group3

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6. Drag and drop (copy) the 10 - AppsAndFeatures 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)

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8. Restart explorer to apply.


That's it,
Shawn