Add Personalization To Control Panel In Windows 10

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 Store app designed for touch screen users. If you are not satisfied by this new way to tune up your OS appearance, you might be interested in adding the classic Personalization applets back to the Control panel.


As you may already know, you can add a special context menu to the Desktop in Windows 10.

Add classic personalization Desktop menu in Windows 10

Windows 10 desktop context menu

Some users may be unhappy with extra context menu items. Instead, they would like to have the classic Personalization context menu item in the Control panel.

Unfortunately, the Personalization item is not available under Appearance and personalization in the Control panel in recent Windows 10 versions. Here is how it looks in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.Default Appearance And Personalization Windows 10

As you can see, only a few items left there.

With a simple Registry tweak, we can restore the Personalization link in the Appearance and personalization category of the Control panel. Here we go.

To add Personalization to the Control panel in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Download the following Registry files (in a ZIP archive):Download Registry Files
  2. Extract them to any folder you like. You can place them right on the Desktop.
  3. Close the Control panel if you have it running.
  4. Double-click the file "Add Personalization (classic).reg" and confirm the operation.

You are done. Now, open the Control panel  and go to Appearance and Personalization. The result will be as follows:

Appearance And Personalization Windows 10

Add Classic Personalization To Control Panel In Windows 10

Alternatively, you can use Winaero Tweaker. You'll be able to add both Personalization in Settings and the classic applet. The option can be found under Settings & Control Panel\Add Personalization.

Tweaker Personalization In CP

You can download Winaero Tweaker here:

Download Winaero Tweaker

The tweak's content is as follows:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{580722ff-16a7-44c1-bf74-7e1acd00f4f9}]
@="@%SystemRoot%\\System32\\themecpl.dll,-1#immutable1"
"InfoTip"="@%SystemRoot%\\System32\\themecpl.dll,-2#immutable1"
"System.ApplicationName"="Microsoft.Personalization"
"System.ControlPanel.Category"=dword:00000001
"System.Software.TasksFileUrl"="Internal"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{580722ff-16a7-44c1-bf74-7e1acd00f4f9}\DefaultIcon]
@="%SystemRoot%\\System32\\themecpl.dll,-1"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{580722ff-16a7-44c1-bf74-7e1acd00f4f9}\Shell\Open\command]
@="explorer shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ControlPanel\NameSpace\{580722ff-16a7-44c1-bf74-7e1acd00f4f9}]
@="Personalization"

You can copy and paste it to Notepad and save as a *.reg file if you prefer to do the operation manually.

The undo tweak is included in the ZIP archive.

4 thoughts on “Add Personalization To Control Panel In Windows 10

  1. David H Johnson

    Nice!

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thanks.

      Reply
  2. David K

    Is “Add Personalization To Control Panel In Windows 10″ a Microsoft approved add on ?
    Cannot get Desktop support at work to approve its installation unless it is.
    Windows 10 Personalization suite is ‘bad news”

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      This is a third party solution

      Reply

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