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Add Old Control Panel to the Metro Start Screen in Windows 8

By Aman Singhal on Sep 03, 2012
This article explains how to add the old Control Panel to the Metro start screen in Windows 8.


In this article we explain how to add the old Control Panel to the Metro start screen in Windows 8. Windows 8 provides many features but when we need to access the Control Panel in Windows 8, when we have to go through all the new Metro Control Panel, sometimes it is a very difficult process. 


Some steps to add old control panel

Step 1

To create a shortcut, first we right-click on the desktop and go to the new text and then click the shortcut.


Step 2

After this process, a shortcut page opens in the desktop.


Step 3

Type the following code in the location of the item:

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}


Step 4

We click the next button in the create shortcut page, then open the shortcut name page.


Step 5

Now we need to give our new shortcut a name, and click Finish.


Step 6

After this process, we will see a new shortcut Control Panel on the desktop. Then we right-click on the shortcut menu and select properties.


Step 7

Then open the Control Panel properties dialog box and click the change icon button:


Step 8

When we click the change icon button then open the change icon page.


Step 9

Paste the following code into the textbox:



Step 10

After this process we select the Control Panel icon on the change icon and click ok. Then right-click on the new shortcut Control Panel and select "pin to start" from the menu.


Step 11

Finally we are done with this process and we start screen from Windows 8.


Aman Singhal
Aman Singhal

Aman Singhal is a software developer working with Microsoft technologies including .NET, Windows 8, ASP.NET and Windows Store apps.