How To Quickly Access Personalization Settings In The Control Panel In Windows 10


Microsoft will eventually remove the Control Panel app from Windows 10. It’s as of now ported many of the settings to the new Settings app. Unfortunately, it’s likewise removed a great number of customization options in the process. The Control Panel in Windows 7 gave users a more convenient control over system settings than the Settings app in Windows 10. Take for instance the ability to set different wallpapers for multiple monitors. It doesn’t exist in the Settings app in Windows 10. The good news is that, while Microsoft is busy porting system settings away from the Control Panel, they haven’t removed them all yet. A ton of settings is just hidden and difficult to access from the Control Panel’s interface. Here’s how you can easily access personalization settings in the Control Panel in Windows 10.

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Check Your Build Number

Before you can get to personalization settings in the Control Panel in Windows 10, you have to first figure out what build you’re running. This is important since it impacts how you get to the personalization settings in the Control Panel. If you’re running Build 15063, you’re running the Creators Update. Anything older, for instance, Build 14393, is the Anniversary Update.

Anniversary Update Or Older

Open the Windows run box via the Win + R keyboard shortcut. Simply type the following in the run box, and tap the Enter key.

control /name Microsoft.Personalization /page pageWallpaper

Creators Update

Open the run box via Win + R keyboard shortcut and enter the following command.

shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} -Microsoft.Personalization\pageWallpaper

Tap the enter key.

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A Lot Of Many Missing Options

The Settings app is updated after all the major Windows 10 updates. With each update, Microsoft usually adds more system settings to it and furthermore changes how things are organized. Coming from the Anniversary Update to the Creators Update, the Settings app gained another group of settings called ‘Apps’. This group was ported out from the System group of settings where it initially existed as a tab. In the Fall Creators Update, there will be another group of settings for Cortana. The fact is that the Settings app is as yet being built in the sense. It also makes sense for new settings to be added to it but the rearranging of the settings isn’t encouraging nor are the missing options.

During the process of porting settings from one app to the other, Microsoft is also reducing the control users have over their system. For Windows users who hope to have the ability to change pretty much anything on the OS, this is more than inconvenient for them. The good news is that as we know Microsoft listens to the feedback it takes from its users and eventually rectifies its past mistakes. Maybe, in a few years time, the Settings app will function and as well as the Control Panel.


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