Samsung Easy Settings & Windows 10

How to install Samsung Easy Settings on a Windows 10 box. You must uninstall it first to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. It must also be uninstalled to upgrade to the Fall Creators Edition.

Samsung Easy Settings

I have the Samsung Series 9 (NP900X4AC) laptop. Samsung created a stupid little application called Easy Settings to "help" with a number of basic settings. The one useful thing it does is control the special 'FN' key to allow you to use the function key shortcuts. You can live without these keys. And there is probably a way to enable these features without the Easy Settings application.

Samsung never updated this application for Windows 10. As a result you cannot upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 without first uninstalling this application. After you upgrade it won't install with the default settings either. But there are workarounds. Samsung Easy Settings also prevented me from updating to the MS Windows Fall Creators Update. And I suspect it will be an issue in future major updates to Windows 10. Here is one way to get around this problem.

Uninstall Samsung Easy Settings

These directions assume you are running your computer as a standard user and not an Administrative user. When I first upgraded to Windows 10 I had to uninstall another Samsung application as well. But I never installed that again and I don't remember what it was. Follow the directions below to uninstall Easy Settings.

Launch command line and run it as an administrator. Click on the start button and then type 'cmd'. Once you see the command prompt application right click on it and select 'Run as administrator'. Then type the following command.

C:\WINDOWS\system32>appwiz.cpl

Scroll down and select 'Easy Settings' and click 'Uninstall'. Reboot to be safe.

Upgrade Windows 10

Once you uninstall Samsung Easy Settings it should be straightforward to upgrade Windows 10 using the Windows tools. Once you are done with the upgrade you can reinstall Samsung Easy Settings.

Install Easy Settings on Windows 10

Download version 1.1.1.4 of Samsung Easy Settings. I got this from the Samsung support site. The sha256sum is shown below.

SHA-256: D274913E944822AA6C8D8B662DE0F63E20319922311B61D32618218D4DE4C4BC

You can use Windows Powershell to check the sha256sum. In the example below I placed 'Samsung_Easy_Settings.tar.gz' in my 'Downloads' directory. The variable '$ENV:USERPROFILE' equates to 'C:\Users\<your_user_name>'. Adjust the path as required.

PS C:\Users\zaphod> Get-FileHash $env:USERPROFILE\Downloads\Samsung_Easy_Settings.tar.gz -Algo sha256 |FL

Algorithm : SHA256
Hash : D274913E944822AA6C8D8B662DE0F63E20319922311B61D32618218D4DE4C4BC
Path : C:\Users\zaphod\Downloads\Samsung_Easy_Settings.tar.gz

Use 7-zip or another program to unzip and un-tar it to any directory of your choice.

The setup.exe file has already been renamed to setup1.exe. If you download Easy Settings from Samsung directly you must rename setup.exe to setup1.exe.

Right click on setup1.exe and select "Run as administrator". Follow the prompts to install the application and reboot.

Setup Windows 7 Compatibility

You must enable Windows 7 compatibility on Samsung Easy Settings. I am modifying the EXE itself. But you can also do this using the desktop shortcut for Easy Settings.

Navigate to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Samsung\Easy Settings" in File Explorer. Right click on "ControlCenter.exe" and select "Properties". The following window will open. Please note that I have already changed the compatibility to Windows 7. The values are greyed out. You need to click on "Change settings for all users" and provide the Administrator password.

Easy Settings (ControlCenter.exe) Properties Compatibility Tab
Easy Settings (ControlCenter.exe) Properties Compatibility Tab

As stated above click on "Change settings for all users". The following screen will appear. Under 'Compatibility mode' check the box for 'Run this program in compatibility mode for:' and then in the drop down list select 'Windows 7'. I also check the box for 'Run this program as an administrator' at the bottom of the screen. See the screen shot below. The two changes are highlighted by a red box. Click OK. And then click "OK" again on the previous screen. Reboot to be safe.

Control Center Properties
Control Center Properties

You should now be able to run Easy Settings. And the function keys should operate correctly. Make sure you check the Easy Settings and change things as you wish. It will default back to the Samsung defaults.

The Registry Values

You can also manually edit the registry if you so desire. The changed values are shown below.

Registry Path:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers

Screen shot of the registry settings.

Easy Settings Registry Values
Easy Settings Registry Values

Double Check Your Power Settings

The power management settings may change back to the default settings. This will happen if you modified the default settings but did not create a new power plan. One way to check your values is shown below.

From a command prompt run the following command.

C:> control powercfg.cpl

Make any desired changes. Keep in mind some other settings may have reverted back to the defaults. You may need to change a few other items.

Control Panel Command Line

Running MS Settings, Control Panel, Windows Administrative Tools, and GodMode from the command line. This is useful if you run your computer as a standard user.

Standard User vs Administrative User

I run my computers as a standard user. And with the latest creators update if I right click on 'This PC' and select 'Manage' it no longer works properly. It doesn't give me administrative rights. And not all tools in the start menu have the right click option to run as Administrator. Plus I like command line tools anyway. Not that these are true command line tools as they simply launch a GUI window. This chart includes the control panel sub-windows. And it includes a few other tools. This MS post has the official documentation about running control panel from the command line.

You first need to launch the command line, or powershell, as an administrative user. Click on the 'Windows Logo' (aka the start button)  in the taskbar and then type 'cmd'. Right click on that application and select 'Ru as administrator'.  You can also launch Powershell and right click on that and run it as administrator.

The Command Line Tools

As stated above you need to be running the command line or powershell as an administrative user. Most of these commands may be run without typing 'control'. Not all commands will work on every computer. It will depend on your environment. The second chart shows other useful tools.

This document does not cover computers in Active Directory.

Control Panel Tool Command
Control Panel control panel
Accessibility Options control access.cpl
Add New Hardware control sysdm.cpl add new hardware
Add/Remove Programs control appwiz.cpl
Date/Time Properties control timedate.cpl
Display Properties control desk.cpl
FindFast control findfast.cpl
Fonts Folder control fonts
Internet Properties control inetcpl.cpl
Joystick Properties control joy.cpl
Keyboard Properties control main.cpl keyboard
Microsoft Exchange control mlcfg32.cpl
Microsoft Mail Post Office control wgpoclp.cpl
Modem Properties control modem.cpl
Mouse Properties control main.cpl
Multimedia Properties control mmsys.cpl
Network Properties control ncpa.cpl
(OLD control netcpl.cpl)
Password Properties control password.cpl
PC Card control main.cpl pc card (PCMCIA)
Power Management control powercfg.cpl
(OLD control main.cpl power)
Printers Folder control printers
Regional Settings control intl.cpl
Scanners and Cameras control sticpl.cpl
Sound Properties control mmsys.cpl sounds
System Properties control sysdm.cpl

Other Useful Tools

This is how to launch the new MS Settings application and most of the Windows Administrative Tools from the command line.

Other Useful Tools Command
Windows 10 Settings start ms-settings:
(Powershell Start-Process "ms-settings:"
Computer Management compmgmt.msc
Disk Management diskmgmt.msc
Event Viewer eventvwr.msc
Device Manager devmgmt.msc
Services & Applications services.msc
Local Group Policy Editor gpedit.msc
MMC (Management Console) mmc
Component Services dcomcnfg
Disk Cleanup C:\windows\SYSTEM32\cleanmgr.exe /d{DRIVELETTER}
System Configuration msconfig
System Information msinfo32
Task Scheduler taskschd.msc
Windows Firewall wf.msc

GodMode

You can launch the GodMode folder as a standard user by running the following command.

explorer.exe shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Create a little BAT file and you can run that anytime you desire.

If you are running as an Administrative user create a new folder and give it the following name.

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}