How To Access The Old Control Panel From Windows 8 Start Screen

One of the major changes in Windows 8 is its revamped Start Menu Screen. Instead of introducing the same old Start Menu that we’ve all grown up used to, Microsoft has opted for a rather different route – creating a Metro themed Start Screen, juxtaposing both it’s mobile and desktop platforms. While its met with some mixed reactions from the users, concluding it as a flawed design is still an early guess. Even after so much emphasis on the Start Screen, its surprising to see the absence of a few frequently used apps from it. If you’re using Windows 8 Consumer Preview, you must have noticed the absence of Control Panel shortcut as well. Although you can easily access PC Settings console from Charms Bar, Windows 8 doesn’t offer a quick way to open the classic Control Panel, as one needs to either search it from Start Screen or open Desktop and then access it from Windows Explorer window (could the procedure be more elongated?). In what follows, we will explain how you can create a shortcut to Control Panel and pin it to Start Screen.

To begin, you need to create a shortcut on the desktop. To do so, from Desktop right-click context menu, select New > Shortcut. A window will pop up, asking you to enter the shortcut’s target location. What you’ve got to do is simply enter the following Control Panel shortcut path and click Next.

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In the next step, the wizard will ask you to give a name to your shortcut, simply type in Control Panel under Type a name for this shortcut section and click Finish.

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Once done, you will see that it has created a shortcut to Control Panel on the desktop. You’re not finished yet, in order to replace its folder’s shortcut icon with Control Panel icon, right click the shortcut and select Properties from the context menu to bring up the Properties sheet. Under the Shortcut tab, click the Change Icon button.

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Now, copy the following path in the field, and then select the Control Panel icon.  Click OK to close to the window.

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Now right-click the newly created shortcut and select Pin to Start from context menu. It will pin the Control Panel shortcut to Start Screen.

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We hope it helped you guys. If you have got any other tip to share, please feel free to leave it in the comments.

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