How to get Windows XP classic system properties in Windows 7 & Vista [Tip]

The Windows XP System Properties window was one that included tabs for hardware, system restore etc. You can partly restore the classic Windows XP System Properties window on both Windows Vista and 7. Then you can open that XP System Properties window from the Windows Vista/7 Computer context menu.

Open the registry by entering regedit in the Start menu search box. Alternatively, you could open the registry from Run by pressing Windows key + R. When you have opened the registry, browse to the following location in the shot below: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell.
system properties window4

Now you should right-click on Shell, click New and Key to set up a key. Add the title System Properties to the key. Then right-click on the System Properties key and select New > Key. For that key add the title command. Those keys should then be as in the shot below.

system properties window

Select the command key, and then right-click on (Default) in the right-side pane. Then you should select Modify to open the Edit String window below. There add control sysdm.cpl to the text box, and click OK to close the window.
system properties window2Close the registry, and right-click on the Computer icon on the Windows Vista/7 desktop. You should now find that there is a System Properties option on its context menu. Click on System Properties to open your new Windows XP style System Properties window!

system properties window3As it has fewer tabs it’s not an exact replica of the original Windows XP System Properties window. Nevertheless, it has plenty of handy options/shortcuts for you to select from. In addition, you can still open the original Windows Vista/7 system properties windows from the Computer context menu.

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  • David Roper

    [@charles] so sorry to take so long to reply. I just now saw the question. I went to Best Buy and bought an upgrade $135 and did it on his site at work. Took normal amount of time 2 hours and most of his data and folders were untouched as it should have been. I would back up valuables onto flashdrive – we didn’t. It’s cheap insurance for $10. Again, Sorry it took so long.
    I hope this helps

  • charles

    please how did David Roper converted a friend’s XP to WIN 7

  • Marie

    Great post. Like someone else said, you can create w/o going into the registry. Right click on your desktop to create a short cut and type in “control sysdm.cpl”.

  • Steven

    …in win8.1, try creating a shortcut to: C:\Windows\System32\sysdm.cpl

  • David Roper

    What a neat article. I have converted a friend’s XP to WIN 7 32, and this would have helped. But I will leave him alone now since he is comfortable now using WIN7. Rated 5 stars out of 5.