How to show Control Panel in WinX Menu of Windows 10

Windows 10 v1703 has removed the Control Panel entry from the WinX Menu. You now see an item which opens Settings. The WinX Menu is the one which pops up when you sight click on the Start Button. Microsoft wants users to move away from the Control Panel and is therefore gradually moving all settings from it to Settings. But if you would like to display or show the Control Panel too along with Settings, here is how you go about it.

We have already seen how to show Command Prompt instead of PowerShell in Windows 10 WinX Menu. Now let us see how you can display Control Panel in WinX Menu in Windows 10 v1703, v1709 and later.

Show Control Panel in WinX Menu

Sign in as administrator and create a desktop shortcut to open the Control Panel. So right-click on the desktop > New > Shortcut. In the location field, type the following path:


Click Next and name this shortcut as Control Panel.

Now, open Windows File Explorer and copy-paste the following path in the Explorer address bar and hit Enter:


Here you will see three folders – Group1, Group2, and Group3.

Now drag and drop the created Control Panel shortcut from your desktop into any one of these folders, depending on where you want Control Panel link displayed. Group2 might be a good idea.

If you wish, you can download the shortcut I created and used by clicking here.

Having done this, restart your computer and you will see the Control Panel link in the Group you moved it to.

show control panel in winx menu

Mind you, you have to move it to any one of the groups. I moved it to all three, just to show an image how it would look in each of the Groups.

It worked for me and I hope this works for you too.

See this post if the WinX Menu is not working in Windows 10.

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