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This has been bugging me....

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    This has been bugging me....


    So I am running Windows 8 on a non-tablet device and I want to check the device manager to see if a driver update is available. I go to the start screen and click control panel. Then it takes me to this tablet-friendly "baby's first control panel". I then have to scroll all the way down to get to "More settings" to get to the "grown up control panel". When will I ever need to use the simplified control panel when I am not on a tablet? Please give me a quicker way to the full control panel in the final product.

    Thanks....

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    You still can run control.exe from desktop and/or add a shortcut to desktop

    ~edit~

    also if you disable Metro UI you can access the regular Start Menu
    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ndows-8-a.html
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    duly noted, but the problem with disabling the Metro UI is that is it throwing the baby out with the bathwater. I get rid of the annoying tablet-friendly features but every single method I have tried also gets rid of things I like, such as the new task manager...

    EDIT: wait, this method doesn't seem to have the task manager problem. Thanks! Now if I can only get it to stop freezing randomly and get it to come out of hibernation without hanging....then I'll be set.....
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    Unfortunately this does not look solvable for now. I have tried the tutorial methods of creating manual shortcuts but was unsuccessful.

    I do have one solution for you at the moment.

    What you can do is go to your desktop, create a Control Panel shortcut, and go right click > properties. Then add ctrl+shift+C as a shortcut combination. It's not the best work around, but it works. Then every time you press those keys an 'adult' version of Control Panel will be opened.

    I hope I helped.
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    Open windows explorer from Task bar, click computer and the control panel can be accessed, I found this easier.Click image for larger version
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    Quote Originally Posted by brummyfan View Post
    Open windows explorer from Task bar, click computer and the control panel can be accessed, I found this easier.
    I'd use that were it not for the annoying space that the ribbon takes up. Perhaps if we were able to have a persistent icon bar and be able to disable the ribbon interface I would use it. :P

    Edit: Is it possible to add it to the quick shortcuts in the title bar?
    It is possible! Though it is named the "Quick Access Bar".
    Click image for larger version
    There is 1 downside to this, though. It's only accessible when you are in Computer, not when you are in regular folders. I'm going to keep using Ctr+shift+C for now. :P
    Last edited by Avalon; 11 Oct 2011 at 08:15.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Avalon View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by brummyfan View Post
    Open windows explorer from Task bar, click computer and the control panel can be accessed, I found this easier.
    I'd use that were it not for the annoying space that the ribbon takes up. Perhaps if we were able to have a persistent icon bar and be able to disable the ribbon interface I would use it. :P

    Edit: Is it possible to add it to the quick shortcuts in the title bar?
    It is possible! Though it is named the "Quick Access Bar".
    Click image for larger version
    There is 1 downside to this, though. It's only accessible when you are in Computer, not when you are in regular folders. I'm going to keep using Ctr+shift+C for now. :P
    Yes, I do agree that Ctr+shift+C also a convenient method to open up the Control Panel, this is what I like about this version of Windows, you find different ways to do things and more alternatives for the user, I use the ribbon for System Properties and for Uninstalling programs.
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