Control Panel Goes Missing In Windows 10 Creators Update [but not really]
More and more of you will be getting Windows 10 Creators Update in the coming days and weeks. Creators Update is a major features update which started rolling out on Tuesday April 11, 2017. Microsoft is delivering this update in measured doses, presumably so as not to overwhelm its download servers.
It’s no secret that Microsoft wants to replace Control Panels with the Settings app, but the Settings app is still a work-in-progress. So, you’re still going to need Control Panel for some things, and we actually prefer using Control Panel for some things – like setting our default programs.
In Windows 10 Creators Update (officially version 1703), Control Panel is missing from the Start button Right-click menu. There are no links to Control Panel anywhere. However, Control Panel lives on, we tell s ya! You can put a shortcut to Control Panel on your Start menu, desktop, taskbar or all three if you like — and it’s easy to do.
First, to put a Control Panel shortcut on your desktop, one way is to right-click on an empty area of your desktop, choose “New” > “Shortcut” and type Control Panel in the “Type the location of the item” box. Then click “Next” and give it a name, we suggest “Control Panel” :).
Another way you can put a Control Panel shortcut on your desktop (as well as other useful shortcuts) is by going to Settings > Personalization > Themes > Related settings > Desktop icon settings.
When you click on “Desktop icon settings” you’ll see the Desktop Icon Settings dialog appear. Tick the items for which you want desktop shortcuts (Computer, User’s Files, Network, Recycle Bin, Control Panel) and click “Apply” “OK” and that’s that.
You can add Control Panel to your Taskbar by opening a run command – Windows Key + R and typing Control Panel then pressing Enter. When Control Panel opens, right-click on its icon in the taskbar and choose “Pin to taskbar”.
If you want Control Panel on your Start Menu and your Taskbar here’s the easiest way. In Cortana (taskbar search) type Control, when “Control Panel (Desktop app)” appears at the top, right-click it and choose “Pin to Start”.
After you’ve done that, type Control in Cortana (taskbar search). When “Control Panel (Desktop app)” appears at the top, right-click it and choose “Pin to Taskbar”.
And if you did that correctly, you’ll have Control Panel on your Start menu and your taskbar – and you can move the shortcuts around by dragging them until you have them right where you want them.
Above: Control Panel is alive and well on my Windows 10 Creators Update Start Menu
And on my taskbar, too!