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How to Enable Windows Mobility Center on Windows 11 & 10

Windows Mobility Center is a built-in app that lets you control things like screen brightness, volume, themes, etc., from one place. However, it is only available for laptop users, and that too on select laptops. However, if you try to open it on unsupported laptops or desktops, you will see the Windows Mobility Center is only available on laptops error message. Thankfully, it’s rather easy to fix the error. In this tutorial, we’ll show a simple method to enable Windows Mobility Center. Let’s get started.

Windows Mobility Center is only available on laptops error message

Note: The below steps are tested to work on Windows 11 & 10.

Steps to Enable Windows Mobility Center

To fix the error and enable Windows Mobility Center, you have to create and modify a couple of registry values. The entire process is pretty simple but I recommend you back up the registry before following the steps below.

First, open the start menu, search for Registry Editor, and click on the top result to open the Windows Registry Editor.

Navigate to the following folder in the registry.HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MobilePC\


Right-click on the MobilePC folder and select New > Key. Name the new folder as AdaptableSettings.

Again right-click on the MobilePC folder and select New > Key. Name the folder as MobilityCenter.

Note: If you already have the AdaptableSettings and/or MobilityCenter folders under the MobilePC folder, ignore the above steps and proceed.


Next, select the AdaptableSettings folder. Right-click on the right panel and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.


Set the new value name as SkipBatteryCheck.


Double-click on the SkipBatteryCheck value, replace 0 with 1 in the Value Data field, and click OK.


Now, select the MobilityCenter folder. Right-click on the right panel and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Set the value name as RunOnDesktop.


Just like before, double-click on the value you just created, replace 0 with 1 in the Value Data field and click OK.


Finally, close the registry editor and reboot your computer.

That is all. From now on, you’ve successfully enabled the Windows Mobility Center application.


How to Open Windows Mobility Center

On some laptops, you will have a dedicated mobility center key. Pressing it will automatically open it. If you don’t have a dedicated key or are on a desktop, you can open it by running its executable file mblctr.exe. Here’s how.

1. Using the Run Command

Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box. Once it opens, enter mblctr.exe and click OK to open the Windows Mobility Center.

use the run command mblcrt.exe to open windows mobility center

2. Create Desktop Shortcut

If you open the mobility center frequently, creating a desktop shortcut will help greatly.

Right-click on the desktop and select New > Shortcut.

Enter %windir%\System32\mblctr.exe in the blank field and click Next.

Enter the name as Windows Mobility Center and click Finish.

From now on, double-clicking the mobility center desktop shortcut opens the tool.

3. From File Explorer

To launch Windows Mobility Center from File Explorer, follow the below steps.

Open File Explorer by pressing Windows key + E.

Navigate to the C:\Windows\System32 folder.

Find and double-click on the mblctr.exe file.

Wrapping Up

And there you have it! It’s that simple to enable Windows Mobility Center on Windows 11 and 10. The above steps work whether you are on a desktop or unsupported laptop.

Keep in mind all the options in the Mobility Center may not be available on all computers. For example, you cannot adjust the screen brightness or monitor your battery on a desktop. If you want to adjust desktop screen brightness, you need to use manufacturer-provided or third-party software.

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