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A control panel that has only the functions that I need. How do I create one?

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I've seen this method before for Vista. I've reviewed it, and there is no reason it can't work in Windows 7 as well.

It just involves creating a new folder (your custom control panel), then filling it with shortcuts that open the control panels you want via command line (for example, try "control desk.cpl" in a command window, and you'll get the display settings).

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Depending on what you want in your custom panel, many of the system utilities are run via snap-ins to the MMC (Microsoft Management Console).

You can author your own custom MMC: start-->run-->'mmc', add snap-ins you want, and then save it for future use.

Here's some info from MS on authoring your own MMC. It's more straight-forward than they make it out to be (as usual :) ).


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Just create a folder and drag &drop the needed functions from the control panel to it...

You could also use the "Master Control Panel" aka "God Mode":

Create a new folder 
Name it: Master Control Panel.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

It's a CLSID (or Windows Class Identifiers) folder and you will find 278 controls in it.

And you could also use directly some other CLSID folders:

Right click > New folder > "Name of your choice".GUID 

Additionally, to simplify the creation of these folders: GodMode Creator

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