How to Open Classic System Properties in Windows 10

Want to open the good old classic System Properties window instead of the About page in the Settings app in Windows 10? Here is how.

You would open the System Properties window whenever you want to know something about your computer, like the installed memory, processor model, system architecture, computer name, etc. Generally, you can open it by searching for “System Properties” in the Start menu or clicking the “System” option in the Control Panel. However, in the recent versions of Windows 10, opening the classic System Properties window will open the About page in the Settings app. For example, if you click the “System” option in the Control Panel, Windows 10 will open the new About page.

Now, there is nothing inherently wrong with the Settings app’s About page. In fact, it gives you almost the same information as the System Properties window. However, the System Properties window is leagues ahead of the About page regarding the look and feels. Not only that, but the new About page doesn’t even tell if your Windows 10 is activated or not. You have to go to the “Activation” page to get that information.

What I am trying to say is that the classic System Properties is, in some sense, superior to the About page in the Settings app. If you think or feel like me and want to open the classic System Properties window, you can do that with a simple trick. In fact, you can even create a dedicated shortcut too.

So, without further ado, this Windows guide will show you how to open the class System Properties window in Windows 10.

Open Classic System Properties in Windows 10

To open the classic System Properties window, follow the below steps.

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Search and open “Control Panel.”
  3. Set the “View by” to “Large icons.”
  4. Find the “System” option.
  5. Right-click on it and select “Open.”
  6. System Properties window will open immediately.

First, open the Control Panel. By searching for it in the Start menu or using the “control” run command, you can do that. Next, set the “View by” to “Large icons.” Now, find the “System” option, right-click it, and select the “Open” option.

trick to open system properties in Windows 10

As soon as you do that, Windows will open the System Properties window.

system properties window in Windows 10

Create System Properties Desktop Shortcut

If you are opening the System Properties window frequently, you can create a direct desktop shortcut. This eliminates the need to open the Control Panel constantly. Here is how.

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Search and open “Control Panel.”
  3. Set the “View by” to “Large icons.”
  4. Find the “System” option.
  5. Right-click on it and select “Create shortcut.”
  6. Click “Yes” in the warning window.
  7. You will have the System Properties shortcut on the desktop.
create system properties shortcut
click yes to confirm shortcut creation
system properties shortcut on desktop

That is it. It is that simple to open the System Properties window in Windows 10. Keep in mind that Microsoft might patch this trick any time with a simple update. So, if it doesn’t work in the future, we might have to say goodbye to the System Properties tool for good.

I hope that helps.

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