Windows – How to Change the Default View of Control Panel



If you’ve been tinkering with your Windows computer for quite some time, you will chance upon the Control Panel sooner or later. Even though your computer might still be brand new, you might not like the default look of the Control Panel, so you decide to change it. However, if you don’t know how to do just that, then don’t worry your pretty little head. Just read on to know how to change the default view in Control Panel.

Windows – How to Change the Default View of Control Panel

Changing the Default View of Control Panel in Your Windows Computer

Step 1 – Do take note that there is now no “one-click” method to change the view of Control Panel when you’re using Windows 8 and above. But once again, it doesn’t mean it is impossible. What we have to do is change something within the registry to modify the view of Control Panel. However, as a rule of thumb, do not change any other item within the registry unless you absolutely know what you’re going to do. This is because the Registry Editor is a very powerful tool, and once mistake can cause the entire system to have errors, or even render it inoperable.

Step 2 – To head towards the registry editor in Windows 8 or 10, hit the Start button and type in “regedit” without t quotes. It should automatically appear under Best Match. Click on it or press the Enter key on your keyboard. When you try to open it, the system will give you a warning. Just give it the right permission to change things on your PC to continue.

Step 3 – Now that you’re in the Registry Editor, navigate towards the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\. Click on said key, and it is time to create a new value inside the Explorer key. Right-click on the Explorer key and then choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the value as “ForceClassicControlPanel” without the quotes.

Step 4 – With the new key made in the Windows Registry Editor, do a double-click on it and change the value within the “Value Date” box from 0 to 1. Click on the “OK” button once you’re done. Now, when you head back to the Control Panel, the default view has now been changed to the classic version. Also take note that the changes done within the Registry Editor will take place immediately. Hence, you no longer need to manually save the settings that have been changed.


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