Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14942, the Win+X menu items (the menu which appears when you right-click on Start) which were pointing to the classic Control Panel applets are now directing to corresponding pages in the modern Settings app. Also, the entry “Control Panel” is now replaced by “Settings” in the Group 2 section of the Win+X menu.
Links to the following menu items are changed* and point to Settings app, only if you do a clean install of 14942 using the ISO.
- Programs and Features
- Power Options
- Network Connections
* Src: The changes were first spotted by InsideWindows.net.
And, whether you did an upgrade to 14942 via WU or clean installed using ISO, the “Control Panel” link gets replaced by “Settings” in the Win+X menu. To remove Settings and add Control Panel back, you can copy the Control Panel shortcut (in the Group 2 folder) from a system running a previous Windows 10 build.
I’ve made available the shortcut “4 – Control Panel.lnk” control_panel.zip. Download, unzip and move the shortcut to the Group 2 folder path mentioned above, and overwrite the existing shortcut when prompted.
Logoff and login back for the change to take effect. Even though Settings is now replaced by “Control Panel” in the Win+X menu, the accelerator or shortcut key to quickly launch Control Panel (Win + X P) which you got accustomed to all these days, still does not work.
Anyway, the entire classic Control Panel might get abolished in the near future and I won’t be surprised if certain classic CPL applets go missing in the upcoming builds.
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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.