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Though many people (some begrudgingly) have moved onto Windows 10, some still prefer the way Windows 7 worked. Thankfully, it’s not hard to make Windows 10 look more like Windows 7 How to Make Windows 10 Look More Like Windows 7 How to Make Windows 10 Look More Like Windows 7 Windows 10 introduced many updated and the visual design wasn't spared. If you prefer the aesthetics of Windows 7, we'll show you the steps to take to mimic its user interface. Read More , and you can even bring back some of the best lost features 7 Lost Windows Features You Can Bring Back 7 Lost Windows Features You Can Bring Back Some fan-favorite features in Windows are now deprecated and no longer part of Windows. If a feature you loved just disappeared, here's how you can restore or substitute it. Read More  with some workarounds.

Since Windows itself doesn’t provide options for most of these tweaks, you’re stuck with third-party options. But strangely, Windows 10 does let you enable the old-school volume control slider from Windows 7 without installing anything.

You’ll need to open the Registry to perform this tweak. Remember that messing around in the Registry can damage your system How Not to Accidentally Mess Up the Windows Registry How Not to Accidentally Mess Up the Windows Registry Working with the Windows registry? Take note of these tips, and you'll be much less likely to do lasting damage to your PC. Read More , so take care to follow the instructions. Type regedit into the Start Menu, accept the administrator prompts, and launch the tool to get started.

Use the tree on the left sidebar to head to the following location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

Once you get here, right-click on the CurrentVersion folder in the left sidebar. Select New > Key. Give it the name MTCUVC.

Now, right-click the new MTCUVC key you just created and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Call this EnableMtcUvc and leave its value at 0. That’s all you have to do — close the Registry Editor window now. When you click the volume icon in your System Tray, you’ll notice that it’s the older style panel now.

To reverse this change, simply head back to this Registry location and delete the EnableMtcUvc value.

Note that unless you really love the old volume panel, you should stick with the new version. The Windows 10 volume slider lets you easily switch outputs without diving into a menu, so it’s more efficient. Plus, it blends with Windows 10’s aesthetic more smoothly.

Which volume slider do you prefer? Have you tweaked other parts of Windows 10 to make it more like Windows 7? Let us know what you like better down in the comments!

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  1. PatD
    October 6, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    It took some time to figure out how to get a simple Sound icon on the desktop - the skipper finds it hard to click that tiny icon in the taskbar. The only way I could find to create a shortcut was to first create the "godmode" folder (instructions easily found). Under "Sound Volume" you will find "Adjust Sound Volume". Just drag it to your desktop as a shortcut.