In other windows 10 installations I could see a control panel button when right-clicking on the start menu.

In my current one what I see is this:

start menu right-click

How do I go about adding a control panel button to this menu using only the standard Windows options?

  • It was removed since the Creators update. There is software available to edit the right-click menu to add it back yourself.
    – LPChip
    Jun 17, 2017 at 19:22
  • @LPChip That's good enough for an answer if you ask me. Ideally you'd give an official reference to the removal of the button, but it's up to you.
    – Git Gud
    Jun 17, 2017 at 19:42
  • This has been asked before here on SuperUser, but a quick search didn't gave me that post.
    – LPChip
    Jun 17, 2017 at 19:45
  • Maybe I found it on another website now that I think of it. Anyway here's a link on how to use the registry to get it back. I don't have time to write an answer currently.: pcworld.com/article/3196807/windows/…
    – LPChip
    Jun 17, 2017 at 19:51
  • @LPChip I'm OK with "it can't be done", to be honest. I edited my question to make this a correct answer. It can always be done, even if one has to build an app specifically for this purpose, but I was looking for a more simple answer using only a few clicks.
    – Git Gud
    Jun 17, 2017 at 20:09

6 Answers 6


This is what I do:

  • Open Windows Powershell command prompt
  • Paste the following code snippet

This usually does the trick.

$path = "$env:LOCALAPPDATA\Microsoft\Windows\WinX\Group2"
[Convert]::FromBase64String($x) | Set-Content $path\temp.zip -Encoding Byte
Expand-Archive $path\temp.zip -DestinationPath $path
Remove-Item $path\temp.zip
Stop-Process -Name Explorer

The gibberish in the $x variable is the base64 encode shortcut file to the Control Panel, which this script writes to the appropriate folder, after which it restarts the Windows Explorer process.

Another advantage of this method, is that I can use this script in automated box building process, etc, that is it does not have to be run interactively.

  • The main improvement that I can see for this is to create the shortcut with powershell instead of using a (potentially untrusted and malicious) ZIP file... See here Aug 6, 2018 at 10:49
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    @GertvandenBerg, sure, please do not hesitate to post your answer, once you've got it working. Thanks! Aug 6, 2018 at 10:52


  1. Open Windows File Explorer.
  2. Copy paste the following in the address bar:

  3. By default, there are three groups (folders) there viz Group1, Group2, and Group3. By default, shortcut of Control Panel resides in Group2. So you need to paste a shortcut of Control Panel there.

  4. Restart your computer.


It looks like you got the update to the Creators Update of Windows 10 v1703 - Build 15063 (run winver.exe to verify this).

You should use the Win+X Menu Editor to edit the entries and add control panel back.


Starting with Andrew's answer, I had to add -Force to the line 3rd from the bottom. So it looks like this:

Expand-Archive $path\temp.zip -Force -DestinationPath $path

Control Panel has been restored.


using the keyboard shortcut Win+R and typing Control Panel does bring up the windows 7 control panel

  • "control" (for control.exe) is quicker... Aug 6, 2018 at 10:44
  • -1 because it doesn't answer the question. Yes its a work-around, but in terms of accomplishing the task, requires 3 times the action and two hands (o) and (n) are on the right half of the qwerty keyboard meaning taking hand off the mouse, to type normally, then putting back on the mouse to select the wanted applet within the control panel.
    – TG2
    Jan 6, 2020 at 17:13

How about if you use


Doesn't that take you to an equivalent menu you want to use?

Also if you hit


and type in

control panel

If you also have autocomplete on, then you should be able to get to the control panel by just pressing 4 buttons on the keyboard. That's how I work too

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    Win+I opens settings, not control panel.
    – LPChip
    Jun 18, 2017 at 9:10

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