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How to Add Classic Desktop Background to Control Panel in Windows 10

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Administration Appearance & personalization. What is more important than a platform that we like to present and proudly wear the colors of our identity. Go to Start Settings Personalization. Then all the personalization settings will come into your sight, including Background, colors Theme, Lock screen, Fonts, Start, and Taskbar. The Personalization settings page contains four new sections: Background, Colors, Lock screen, and Themes. The Background section is self-explanatory. This area is the place where you. We've been through all of that in a module.So, what we're going to do now is go to the control paneland focus on those settings associated withthe graphic display personalization,by looking at the control panel category calledappearance and personalization.So, many of these features can be directly accessedfrom the desktop, where you right clickand say personalization.So, if I take a look at this. Accessing 'Personalization' from Windows settings screen I open Settings and click Personalization from the available options. I can open all the other options, but for this one, nothing happens. Once I click on it, the window 'freezes' and I can't do anything but close it. I can continue with other work away from the Window.

If you are using Windows 10 for a while, you definitely know that the classic Personalization options were removed from the control panel. All options to personalize are now there in the Settings app, which is a modern app designed for both touch screen and classic desktop users. If you are not satisfied by this new way to tune up your OS appearance, you might be interested in adding the classic Desktop Background applet back to the Control panel.


The classic Personalization item is not available under Appearance and Personalization in the Control panel in recent Windows 10 versions. In one of the previous articles, we have seen how to restore it (ref: Add Personalization To Control Panel In Windows 10). In this blog post, we are going to use the same method, but for the classic Desktop Background applet. Here's why.

While the classic Personalization window retains its familiar look, Microsoft has updated the applet, so its 'Background' and 'Color' buttons now open the appropriate pages of Settings. If you are not happy with the situation, here is a quick fix.

In the blog post 'Add Classic Personalization Desktop menu in Windows 10' we have reviewed a number of commands that can be used to launch specific Personalization applets in Windows 10. To open the classic Desktop Background window, you can use the following command:

explorer.exe shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} -Microsoft.PersonalizationpageWallpaper

As you can see in the screenshot below, the command still works without issues in very recent Windows 10 builds.

So, let's restore it in the Control Panel under the Appearance and Personalization category. Before proceeding, ensure that your user account has administrative privileges.

To Add Classic Desktop Background to Control Panel in Windows 10,

  1. Download the following ZIP archive: Download ZIP archive.
  2. Extract its contents to any folder. You can place the files directly to the Desktop.
  3. Unblock the files.
  4. Double click on the Add Desktop Background To Control Panel.reg file to merge it.
  5. Now, open the classic Control Panel.
  6. Click on Control PanelAppearance and Personalization.
  7. There, you will find the Desktop Background item.

You are done!

Note: To remove the entry from the context menu, use the included file Remove Desktop Background From Control Panel.reg.

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In this sample chapter, excerpted from Microsoft Windows Vista: Visual QuickStart Guide, Second Edition, author Chris Fehily shows you step-by-step how to make yourself at home in Windows Vista.
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Microsoft Windows Vista: Visual QuickStart Guide, 2nd Edition

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Microsoft Windows Vista: Visual QuickStart Guide, 2nd Edition

Each new version of Windows make its designers assume more about the preferences and abilities of the 'average' user. Because this user doesn't exist, Microsoft lets you change Windows Vista's factory settings.

You can configure Windows in hundreds of ways ranging from superficial to meaningful. Changes to graphics, colors, and animation usually are cosmetic, whereas some other settings—the language used or adaptations for disabled users—change the way you work with Windows.

Using Control Panel

Control Panel is the central container of tools for changing preferences, configurations, and settings. These miniature programs commonly are called applets or extensions (or simply icons). Experienced Windows users are familiar with the interface in Figure 4.1, now called classic view. Windows Vista's Control Panel defaults to category view, much improved since Windows XP (Figure 4.2). In either view, you can hover your mouse pointer over a category heading or icon to see a pop-up description of it.

Figure 4.1 Classic view consolidates all Control Panel tools in one window. You can right-click an empty area to sort, group, or stack these icons, just like you can in any folder window.

Figure 4.2 Category view groups Control Panel tools into functional categories.

To open Control Panel:

  • Choose Start > Control Panel.


    Choose Start, type control panel in the Search box, and then press Enter.


    Press Windows logo key+R; type control and press Enter.


    If you're using the classic (one-column) Start menu, choose Start > Settings > Control Panel.

To open an item in category view:

  • Click a category heading or icon to display a list of related tasks and Control Panel tools (Figure 4.3).

    Figure 4.3 Clicking the Appearance and Personalization category heading displays this page.


    Click a task link under a category heading to go right to that task (Figure 4.4).

    Figure 4.4 Clicking Customize Colors (under the Appearance and Personalization category heading) brings you right to this page.

Logicworks for mac. To open an item in classic view:

  • Double-click the item.


    Use the arrow keys to navigate to the desired item; then press Enter.


    Press the key of the item's first letter; then press Enter.

    If multiple items have the same first letter, press that letter repeatedly until the desired item is highlighted; then press Enter.

To search for a Control Panel item:

  • In the top-right corner of Control Panel, type search text (one or more keywords) in the Search box.

    Control Panel shows the matching tasks as you type. Click any link in the results list (Figure 4.5).

    Figure 4.5 This search lists mouse-related tasks. The Search box, new in Vista, works best in category view.

    See also 'Searching for Files and Folders' in Chapter 5.

To switch Control Panel views:

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. In the left pane, click Classic View (for classic view) or Control Panel Home (for category view) (Figure 4.6).

    Figure 4.6 It's easy to switch the current view. Windows veterans may no longer prefer classic view now that Control Panel has a Search box.

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