Many Windows 10 users are looking for a way to open the old Display Settings applet. In Windows 10, Microsoft replaced it with a new Settings app. It is a Metro app which takes over some options of the classic Control Panel, including Display Settings but not all of them. In the Settings app, you cannot do many things which were possible in the old (classic) applet. Here is how you can still open the old Display Settings in Windows 10.
Many users found it impossible to activate their second display, for instance, a TV, using the Settings app in Windows 10. But it was easily possible in previous Windows versions. Here is how you can open old Display Settings in Windows 10.
Press Win + R shortcut keys and type the following in the Run box:
- Open Registry Editor. If you are not familiar with Registry Editor, see this detailed tutorial.
- Go to the following Registry key:
Tip: You can access any desired Registry key with one click.
- Take ownership and get full access to the "command" subkey as described here: How to take ownership of a Registry key.
Tip: Also check out RegOwnershipEx. With
RegOwnershipEx, you can take ownership of any Registry key with one click!
- Now, delete the "DelegateExecute" value and set the default (unnamed) parameter to the command mentioned above:
You are done. This method is not convenient. So here is an alternative, time saving way to get the classic Display command in the Desktop context menu.
- Download Personalization Panel for Windows 10. Starting with version 188.8.131.52, it supports adding the classic Display context menu item for the Desktop in Windows 10.
- Run the application and click the Options link.
- In the application's preferences, click the button "Integrate with Desktop context menu".
Confirm the UAC prompt.
That's it. Now, whenever you click the item "Display settings" in the right click menu of the Desktop, the classic Display settings window will open.