Windows 7 Control Panel is NOT Missing from Windows 10 after all

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Where’s the Control Panel?

Got Windows 10 and the Creators update but can’t find the Windows 7 Control Panel? It used to be found by right clicking on the start menu but recently it apparently went missing.  If may be that Microsoft removed it from that location in their desire to move forward with the “fresh”  flat look of Windows 10 but there are still many who will miss the look of Windows 7.

User Account Control

Windows 10 may not be Windows 7 in appearance but Windows 10 still retained the old-style control panel I loved from Windows 7.  Of course Windows 10 is now known for its new option simply called Settings.  However, the graphically appealing Windows 7 control panel had at least one option that I have not been able to find from the Settings menu of Windows 10.  One such example is User Account Control.  With this nifty little feature, one is able to control how much or little Windows will warn about programs before they install on your computer.  (You probably have seen it, it’s a dialogue box that pops up with a warning that you are about to change settings on your computer).  The warning also pops up just before you want to install a new application.  Some users, myself included may find it annoying but it can be controlled (at your own risk) in User Account Control.  User Account Control can be found in the old Control Panel under User Accounts.

(Important note: I will not be responsible for any damage caused to your computer for playing with the User Account Control or User Accounts settings.)

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How to Get the retro Windows 7 Control Panel Back

To find the retro Windows Control Panel you have a few options.

A quick search from the task bar (Cortana search), by typing in the words Control Panel will bring it up.  Another way to get it is to click on File Explorer  from the taskbar (looks like a yellow folder on the bottom of the desktop on Windows 10) and type Control Panel in the address bar.

Pin a Control Panel shortcut

For you fans of shortcuts, Control Panel can also be found in the Windows 10 start menu.  Scroll to the bottom of the long list of applications, and the Control Panel is under the category heading Windows System. Simply drag and drop the Control Panel to the Start Menu  (just to the right of the list of applications) or right-click Control Panel and click on pin to Start Menu or pin to Taskbar!

Using the Windows Button on your Keyboard

Win+R type in Control Panel in the dialogue box

Add a Desktop Shortcut to Control Panel

Right-click on the Control Panel from the Start Menu. Select More then Open file location.  Control Panel should be one of the options in the list.  From there you can add a shortcut link to your desktop.  (if you need more help leave me a comment)


 

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XP Options and a New Linux Distro Recommendation called MakuluLinux 10 Aero Edition

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If you have or haven’t heard about the website XP Options this posting is for you.  The XP Options website seeks to provide some helpful tips for all computer users of older Windows distributions but especially targets users left in the cold by a defunct security vulnerable operating system known as Windows XP   Since Microsoft stopped issuing security updates for it, it is highly recommend that users of that OS move on to something more secure.    XP Options is a small bridge to help you with that.

I also want to introduce and recommend a new distribution of Linux for older computers (and new) called MakuluLinux 10 Aero Edition.   The operating system emulates the look and feel of Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 10 using built-in themes.   The core of the OS is Linux and it includes some great word processing software (WPS Office Suite) along with lots of pre-installed nuggets for helping one get online and to be overall productive.   The Opera web browser is included with this distribution while Firefox and Chrome browsers can be added from the included software center.  So if you haven’t already, MakuluLinux 10 Aero is definitely worth a look!

Note about installation: I had trouble getting this distribution to run on a 32-bit laptop computer (with only 1gig of ram) but any desktop PC computer with at least 2 gigs is recommended

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