How to open the Control Panel in Windows 10

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to open the (old) classic Windows 10 control panel.

If you’ve been following the news, you must have already heard that as of October 2020 Update (20H2) release, the classic system control panel has been hidden in Windows 10.

Many new features were released with this update, and eliminating the classic control panel was one of the many changes added to this release.

If you’re a student or new user looking for a computer to start learning on, the easiest place to start is Windows 10. Windows 10 is the most recent version of operating systems for personal computers developed and released by Microsoft as part of its Windows NT family.

Windows 10 has grown into one of the best operating systems, years after its release, and is used by millions of users around the world.

Access the Classic Control Panel

There’s no easy button or link to the old or classic control panel. It is hidden from normal view. However, there’s a secret command you can run to get there. So far, that’s the only workaround I’ve seen.

To get to the old control panel, press Windows + R on your keyboard to open the run dialog box.

You can start and search for Run to find the Run command app.

When the command box opens, simply type the commands below into the box. Then press the Enter key to open the old control panel.

explorer.exe shell:::{BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6477EEE}

Type the command above into the box and press Enter.

That should open the classic control panel as shown below:

That’s it!


This brief tutorial showed you how to access the classic control panel in the updated Windows 10. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.