Nope! That dont work. maybe I'm not explaining very well. (This is in XP) When you click "Start", up comes the programs window. on the left are "Pinned" items, below that are recently used programs, and on the right hand side are the shortcuts to the "My" folders. below these sits the offending item with the label "Control Panel". I'm used to left clicking this and Control Panel opening in it's own window. Not on this machine! The Control Panel entry in the list has a small blue right pointing triangular arrow indicating that a list will appear when the mouse is hovered over it. I don't want that to happen. I want to click on "Control panel" and it to open in it's own window, which is what I am used to as "normal" behaviour! Any ideas how to achieve that :)
The reason I asked that is because you don't have to change to the Classic Start menu. As above go to properties, select start menu and then against start menu click Customize. On Advanced tab against Control Panel select Display as a Link and click OK.