The Control Panel is the location for users of Windows to modify system settings.

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Windows 7 - Run Devices and Printers as Different User

So at my work we have to install and remove printers pretty often and most users do not have admin privileges on their PCs. I've been looking into trying to run the Devices and Printers applet as ...
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File name is not showing at the top of the window in windows 10

This is the Control Panel Window when it is active: And same window, but inactive: As you can see, it seems like the name is there, but the font is white. How can I fix this?
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Mouse control panel starts on a custom tab instead of windows default tab. How to change back?

The installed drivers for the touchpad on my laptop have highjacked the default behavior for the mouse control panel window and starts it on its own custom tab. How do I revert that to the default ...
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(Windows) Any way to add programs from folders?

I have an SSD where my Windows installation is located. And a HDD where all my programs are located. I have reinstalled Windows on the SSD and now my programs from the HDD cannot be found or ...
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Windows 10 automatic daylight savings adjustment not working?

I have a single Windows 10 machine. It is not connected to a domain. Pretty stock. Daylight savings time changed this weekend, and my computer is not showing the correct time. I've rebooted it with no ...
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Uninstalling program with no uninstall option

For Symantec Endpoint Protection, only the repair button is shown. I however; need to uninstall it. How can I uninstall it? My user account has administrative rights. Version is Windows 7
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Text and Labels missing in windows control panel

I have been facing a weird issue since a month. I couldn't find any solution on the internet which makes me think that the problem is unique to me. The text and labels for the options have ...
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Search for online solutions disabled on windows 10 pro 64bit

Because of some recent occurring freeze, I wanted to investigate on the cause, and tried to "search for online solutions", but I got an error saying that the function is disabled. I searched online, ...
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How to make the power button show a prompt in Windows 10

I dual-boot between Xubuntu and Windows 10. In Xubuntu, when I press the power button, a dialog pops up with buttons for shut down, restart, etc. I frequently use this to restart the computer, but I ...
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Open Windows 7's Network Connections control panel applet as different user

I'm trying to change network settings without constantly switching to my admin account (which is not Administrator). I have a weird corporate admin account - local-timmmm. Usually to install apps and ...
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Batch to enable and disable a setting in Internet properties

I'm trying to find a .bat script to enable and disable a certain setting when clicked in Control Panel > Network and Internet > Internet options > Advanced > Browsing > Use inline autocomplete in the ...
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I can't adjust screen brightness on my dell inspiron 15 3543 3000 series

I bought my lapotp with Linux installed as original OS. I installed windows 7 but I cannot seem to find the brightness controls. I cannot do it with functions keys. I updated the BIOS from the old ...
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How to run control panel item in compitability mode?

After unsuccessfully trying to change a setting in control panel item(BDE Administrator, It crashed on closing, that was expected behavior ) I got Program Compatibility Assistant prompt with to ...
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Remove a language from the language bar in WIndows 10

In the language bar I have a "Dutch" language that I don't need and never use, hence I want to remove it. Here's a pictures of the language bar with the Dutch option: The first thing I've tried is ...
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How to quickly enable/disable windows 10 (defender) antivirus?

I would like to be able to quickly enable/disable windows defender antivirus. If you type 'Defender' in the search box (aka Cortana) you will see see a 'Windows Defender settings' item. How can I get ...
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Windows 10 search: can't open Control Panel items

I've upgraded to Windows 10 Pro and have a strange issue with Windows Search: whenever a search result is a Control Panel item (e.g. "Administrative Tools", "Mouse", "Sound" etc.; and I'm talking ...
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How can I make ACG on by default?

There is an option in control panel-->sound-->record devices, named AGC (Automatic Gain Control). AGC is helpful for me to improve audio quality. Without it, I need to be close to my microphone. The ...
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Pin control panel items to the task-bar in windows 10

How do I pin something from the control panel to the task-bar of windows 10. For example Sound. How do I pin this to the task-bar so it is permanently pinned here. The Sound when open looks a ...
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(Windows key) + X not working (Windows 10)

Windows recently installed some Windows Updates, and now [Windows key] + X is not working properly. It loads this: (note, it is very narrow, with no content)
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Tool to auto-set settings like main display & energy options

Is there a way to auto set (semi-automatic) some settings in Windows 10, because when I use my Laptop at home, I only want to use my external monitor, not the laptop's monitor; also, by default, it ...
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Switching between IMEs in Windows 10

In Windows 8/8.1, I was able to switch between typing in English and Japanese by pressing "Windows-Space", and selecting the IME I wanted to use. However, after upgrading to Windows 10, this shortcut ...
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Why can't i disable ease of access tools in windows 7?

A colleague of mine enabled the magnifyer-, and narrator tool as a small practical joke. Now it's been six months, and every time i restart my computer, or log off and on again, the tools are ...
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How is the path identified in Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features for softwares installed

I am unable to find a software Open office in my Windows 8.1 machine so i tried the search side bar and it is instead showing the URL for the software in place of the .exe file. So I next try in ...
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Permanent disabling of touchpad

I own a Dell Inspiron N5050 Notebook running Windows 7 Home Premium. I am trying to permanently disable the touchpad. I installed the appropriate driver in order to manage my touchpad preferences, and ...
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Changing windows 8 workgroup name has locked me out

I was trying to set up a workgroup for a windows 8 machine and an xp machine. I changed the workgroup name of the xp machine and restarted. I then changed the workgroup name of the windows 8 machine ...
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Uninstalling multiple programs in Windows 7?

This question has a different intent than "Why can't you uninstall multiple programs at once in Windows?" The answers in that question focused strictly on why windows doesn't allow "simultaneous" ...
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Quick access to “Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features”

Is there any cmd command to open "Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features"? Or is there any way to access it quickly?
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How does one get an admin account on windows 8, with both accounts as Standard?

Alright, So I kind of 'derped' and made myself Standered accidentally, and now my whole computer's screwed up. Every time I try to access something? I have the 'Yes' and 'No' options, but 'Yes' is ...
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How can I stop Windows 8.1 system tray icons from launching metro (Modern UI) apps?

I've installed Start Menu 8 and since Windows 8.1 boots to desktop, I'm able to avoid most of the Modern UI/Metro tablety stuff. Unfortunately, there's one area where I'm thrown into PC Settings ...
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Windows Installed Updates - Remove grouping by program [duplicate]

Background In Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features > Installed Updates one can view all updates, sorting them by date installed. However, these updates are grouped by program before being ...
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Plesk (or similar) admin panel for NodeJS hosting

I am wondering if there any Plesk-like control panels to offer NodeJS hosting. I am trying to find out if it is possible to replace Apache and PHP with NodeJS and NGINX for vhosts, while MySQL ...
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Devices and Printers in Windows 7 not loading

When I open the "Devices and Printers" window, the green status bar gets all the way to the end and then just stops with no items showing in the window. I left the window open for 45min with no ...
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What does “Multimedia Devices” section mean in Windows control panel?

My multimedia devices section in control panel enlists some devices, including other computers. What are this entries for? What can I do with them? Various of devices are marked with various ...
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How to find location of Applications listed in Add/Remove Programs of the Control Panel (Windows)

I am cleaning up a Windows 8 computer and have a program which cannot be uninstalled from the control panel Add/Remove programs section. Is there a way to easily find the locations of the programs ...
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Run Network and Sharing center with rights of a different user

How do I change network adapter settings (i.e. change between DHCP and static IP address) while logged in as a non-administrator user, but with available credentials of an administrator user? I have ...
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Control Panel – Windows Feature List (Turn Win Features On/Off) does not load. Vista 32 bit

My Windows Feature List under the Control Panel for Turning Windows Features on and off does not fill with a list of features. I just get a message: "Please wait." I have tried a couple of solutions ...
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Devices and Printers control panel, desktop is categorized as a laptop

I have a Dell OptiPlex 790 tower running Windows 7. When I go to the "Devices and Printers" control panel, and right-click my computer's name, it says under Device Information, "Categories: Laptop ...
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Auto focus on control panel's search box

I am not sure if this applies to Windows in general or just Windows 7. On my old Windows 7 computer, whenever I would open the Control Panel the search box would be in focus. On my new Windows 7 ...
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Access java control panel when Control panel is blocked

I'm using computer in library to open Java program, but unfortunately, the error 'Applications blocked by security settings' appear. I need to lower the security settings. I can't access the Java ...
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Disconnect a Terminal Server session… is it even possible?

I am trying to disconnect a remote terminal server session. I wonder if I even have the administrative privileges to do so. Using this description: ...
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Opening Folder Options window in Windows from the command prompt

If I need to open the Control Panel through the command prompt, it is enough to type control I need to open the Folder Options window through typing some command through the command prompt. Any ...
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Advanced Audio Output Managing Windows 7? [closed]

I was wondering if there either an upgrade to the basic windows utilities (ideally a gadget) or some other program to quickly and easily manipulate audio settings/output. I'll give some examples of ...
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Cannot open powercfg.cpl

I cannot open powercfg.cpl When i was opening control panel, windows explorer stopped working and shows "windows explorer is restarting". but control panel is not opening. I went to windows ...
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Windows 7 changes my account name… except it does not. How do I REALLY change my account name?

I created a new standard user account named dm500hd-ag1 on a Windows 7 Ultimate PC. The name of the host computer is ag1 so I thought I would add that in the name of the user account name. Then I ...
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Restoring programs on second hard disk after reinstalling Windows [duplicate]

I have a 60GB SSD which is the boot drive for Windows. Since it is so small, I tend to install all of my programs onto my second hard disk, a 1TB HDD. Inevitably there comes a time when I have to ...
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Why is Windows 7 displaying a Windows XP style monitor icon and not using Aero theme when using Remote Desktop?

I recently discovered that Windows 7 is displaying a Windows XP style monitor icon when I view the properties window for the computer (e.g. Control Panel - System and Security - System). See the ...
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Windows 7, enabeling IE for removal

For a while now, Windows Update has been prompting me to update IE9 to IE10. And every time I turn off my PC, It starts to install that one update wich allways fails. Why does it fail updating IE9? I ...
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Can not enable Windows SmartScreen. Says: “this setting is managed by your system administrator”

I can not enable my Windows SmartScreen on Windows 8.1 My PC is not joined to any domain. I'm not talking about SmartScreen feature available in IE but the feature that is available in File ...
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BIt Locker missing from Control Panel WIndows 7 Ultimate

I just formatted my laptop and installed Windows 7 ultimate but Bit locker Encryption is missing from control panel and also typing bit locker in start menu doesn't help. Is there any way I can ...
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Accessing The Control Panel In Windows 8.1? [duplicate]

I usually use Search, to access the Control Panel, by typing in the words Control Panel on the Start Screen, and the search result for Control Panel is displayed even before typing the full words. ...