In Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1, when you right-click on desktop and click Personalize option, the Personalization window would launch with options to change theme, wallpaper, screen saver, sound scheme, and window border color. It addition to those options, it was possible to quickly navigate to other areas of theControl Panel to change mouse pointer, change desktop icons, and Ease of Access Center right from the Personalization window.
However, in Windows 10, Microsoft wants users to use the updated and redesigned Settings app to personalize the operating system. As you have likely discovered by now, the Settings app is nothing but the touch-friendly version of the Control Panel and offers easy access to all settings and options.
In Windows 10, when you click or tap the Personalize option in the desktop context menu (right-click menu), you will see the Personalization section of the Settings app instead of the classic Personalization window.
While the Personalization section of Settings app allows you to change desktop background, taskbar and Start color, and lock screen background, long-time desktop users are missing the classic Personalization window. That said, the new Personalization section or the Settings app is perfect for touch users.
Although the classic Personalization window doesn’t open when you right-click on desktop and click Personalize option, the classic Personalization panel or window is still present in Windows 10 but it no longer include options to access color and appearance window, screen saver and sound scheme settings.
The classic Personalization window or panel can be opened in Windows 10 by following the directions mentioned in one of the methods mentioned below.
NOTE: We are pretty sure that developers will soon come up with a solution to add the classic Personalization window to Windows 10.
Method 1 of 4
Open Windows 7/8 like Personalization window in Windows 10
Step 1: In the Start/taskbar search box, type Personalize and then press Enter key to open the classic Personalization window.
Method 2 of 4
Another easy way to open classic Personalization window in Windows 10
Step 1: First open the Run command box with the help of Windows + R keys.
Step 2: In the Run command box, type Control Desktop, and then press Enter key to open the classic Personalization window.
Method 3 of 4
Open classic Personalization window
Step 1: Right-click on desktop, click Personalize option to open Personalization section of Settings app.
Step 2: On the left-pane, click Themes to see Themes and Related settings.
Step 3: Finally, click Classic theme settings link to open the classic Personalization window.
Method 4 of 4
Launch classic Personalization window in Windows 10
Step 1: Open Run command box by simultaneously pressing Windows and R keys.
Step 2: In the Run command box, type Control and then press Enter key to open Control Panel.
Step 3: Click the small down-arrow icon next to View by (see below picture), and change to the view to small icons.
Step 4: Finally, locate the applet named Personalization and click the same to open the old Personalization window.
How do you like the new Personalization section of Settings app? Do you prefer classic Personalization window over the new offered in under Settings app? Let us know in comments.