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    Changed W10 Start - How to find Settings?

    Sorry if this has been covered, but I can't find an answer to my question anywhere.

    I replaced the Windows 10 Start menu with Classic Shell. I remember reading that there's a way to switch back to the MS W10 menu but can't remember how. If someone will tell me, I'll make sure I keep a note of it.

    Better still, if someone can tell me how to find the Windows Update settings via Control Panel, I will set that up in Classic Shell so I can find it easily. When I see that W10 has updated my computer, I want to know what was done so I can make a note of it, in case I start to have problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaurieN View Post
    ...I replaced the Windows 10 Start menu with Classic Shell. I remember reading that there's a way to switch back to the MS W10 menu but can't remember how...

    In Win10 with ClassicShell installed click on Start then click on the uppermost button in the start menu (left side). That will display the Win10 start menu.

    Windows Update is not in Win10's Control Panel; instead go to the Win10 start menu as above, click the "Settings" button (the "gear" button on the left), then click on "Update & security". Note the "Update history" link beneath the "Check for updates" button.
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    Thanks for the reply, Coochin, but I don't have that button in ClassicShell. I'm using v. 4.3.0.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaurieN View Post
    Thanks for the reply, Coochin, but I don't have that button in ClassicShell. I'm using v. 4.3.0.
    W10_CS.jpg
    ClassicShell v4.3.0 start menu w/ Win10 start menu button at top.

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    "Settings" button in Win10 start menu.

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    Win10 "Settings" dialog w/ arrow pointing to "Update & security" button.
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    I also use Classic Shell with Win 10.

    Another route to "Settings" is via the "Notifications" icon, taskbar, I have it far right, right of date and time, just next to where you go to show the desktop.

    In MS's inconsistent migration from Control Panel to Settings, Windows Update is one of the icons that no longer appears in Control Panel; it's only in Settings. I think that Coochin already said that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaurieN
    Better still, if someone can tell me how to find the Windows Update settings via Control Panel, I will set that up in Classic Shell so I can find it easily. When I see that W10 has updated my computer, I want to know what was done so I can make a note of it, in case I start to have problems.
    If you have Windows 10 Anniversary Update (i.e. version 1607) then you can create a desktop shortcut that will take you to View your update history directly. (This doesn't work with version 1511.)

    winupdatehistory.gif
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    1. Copy this: ms-settings:windowsupdate-history
    2. Right-click on desktop.
    3. Choose New > Shortcut.
    4. Paste the text from step 1 into the Type the location of the item text entry box then click the Next button.
    5. Type Windows Update History for the shortcut name and click on the Finish button.

    Hope this helps...

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    Hi, Coochin. That's not the ClassicShell v. 4.3.0 I have. Here's what I have: http://www.classicshell.net/

    There is no Win10 start menu button.

    Thanks.

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    I just went to the Notifications menu, but it still won't show me what Windows has installed.

    Thanks.

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    Unfortunately (actually fortunately) I still don't have the anniversay update, just 1511. I'd like to get it, but I dread having any problems that so many people have had with it. Since I only have Windows 10 Home--upgraded the last possible week from Win 8.1--maybe I'll be lucky & not have any problems.

    Thanks for the instructions. I'll keep them to use after the update to v. 1607.

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    The update history really does not tell you much. If you want more information see Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 update history. Expand any of the nodes to get more detail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaurieN View Post
    ...I replaced the Windows 10 Start menu with Classic Shell. I remember reading that there's a way to switch back to the MS W10 menu but can't remember how...
    Quote Originally Posted by Coochin View Post
    In Win10 with ClassicShell installed click on Start then click on the uppermost button in the start menu (left side). That will display the Win10 start menu.

    Windows Update is not in Win10's Control Panel; instead go to the Win10 start menu as above, click the "Settings" button (the "gear" button on the left), then click on "Update & security". Note the "Update history" link beneath the "Check for updates" button.
    LaurieN, you don't need to go via the Windows 10 Start Menu. You can configure Classic Shell to show (a shortcut to) the Win 10 Settings app in the Classic Shell Start Menu. Classic Shell calls the app PC Settings - see the highlighted line in this picture that probably tells all about how it is done:
    Classic Start Settings.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by mo.eu View Post
    LaurieN, you don't need to go via the Windows 10 Start Menu. You can configure Classic Shell to show (a shortcut to) the Win 10 Settings app in the Classic Shell Start Menu. Classic Shell calls the app PC Settings - see the highlighted line in this picture that probably tells all about how it is done:
    Classic Start Settings.jpg
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    Thanks, mo.eu, for this information. I found another way to get to the Windows Start menu from ClassicShell and decided to use that. This must be what Coochin was talking about. I pinned an icon of the Start menu in the area above the Start button. I found the icon here:
    Classic Shell > Settings > Main Menu > Show Start screen shortcut

    Now I can get to the PC Settings & any other part of the Windows 10 menu I need.

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    If you want to go to the Windows Start Menu from the Classic Shell menu, here is how I do it.
    Hold down the shift key while clicking on the Classic Shell start button. That will open the Windows Start Menu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bellboy View Post
    If you want to go to the Windows Start Menu from the Classic Shell menu, here is how I do it.
    Hold down the shift key while clicking on the Classic Shell start button. That will open the Windows Start Menu.
    Thanks for posting that, bellboy. I had finally found my instructions for doing that but forgot to return here to note it. Maybe your post will help someone else.

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