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

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Extra Control Panel Icon on my Windows 7 Taskbar

I'm running Windows 7, and I show a second Control Panel in the Taskbar. I can delete the icon of the 2nd CP, but it will return later. Any clues to what is going on?
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Trying to stop iPhone pop up everytime its plugged in but control panel not recognizing iPhone

Every time I connect my iPhone, Windows XP pops up a wizard (I think it's called "Microsoft Camera and Scanner Wizard) to retrieve photos - as if it were just a camera. Very annoying! Instructions to ...
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Control Panel not listed in Windows Explorer

On my Windows XP SP3 laptop, when I open Windows Explorer, Control Panel is always missing from the folder tree in the left pane, obviously even when My Computer is expanded. My user account is an ...
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Change Sound Settings via Registry

I often switch between using my headset and speakers on my computer depending on what I am doing and it is a bit annoying going through all the dialogs. Is it possible to write a script to simply ...
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Completely remove window border padding

How do I completely remove the border padding, or at least make it just one pixel wide? I already set the Border Padding property to its lowest setting, but to no avail.
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Login to USR9108 router control panel

Here is the setup: A US Robotics USR-9108 router is connected to an ADSL modem via ethernet cable. The modem, upon connecting with the ISP, provides a gateway address of 192.168.1.1 to the router. ...
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What is the path for the “Personalize” control panel in Windows 7?

What is the path for the personalize control panel in Windows 7? Normally, these are stored as CPL files on the computer, but I can't find the CPL file for this exact functionality. If it isn't ...
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Action Center and Performance Information messed up

Does anyone have any idea why these might have happened? I suddenly realized that these had happened after months of use. Action center is disabled and control panel item doesn't do anything on ...
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Microsoft Intellipoint Mouse & control panel (Windows 7)

When at work (with laptop), I have a Microsoft Intellipoint mouse. The driver for this mouse replaces the default "Buttons" panel in the mouse control panel, which means that if I either remote ...
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Control Panel as menu includes a blank item

When viewed as a menu attached to the Start Menu in Windows 7 Ultimate x64, the Control Panel contains a blank item. It looks like this: This item cannot be deleted or removed. I also cannot create ...
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Can not access control panel

I can not access Contol panel in my windows vista machine. As soon as i click the "conrol panel" item in start items, it shows up a window and then its closed automatically ( same happens if i use ...
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Where does Vista/Windows 7 store Wireless Connection Information?

I am attempting to clean out my dad's laptop, which is running Windows Vista. Somehow, he has managed to accrue 1,400 wireless networks in the "Manage Wireless Networks" control panel. Is there any ...
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Hwo to restore default Windows XP Control Panel?

I've accidentally switched my Windows XP Control Panel to "Classic Mode". How can I restore this back to the original Windows XP default (without reinstalling, of course)?
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Mouse settings/properties dialog box won't open in Windows 7

I have a problem trying to open my computer's mouse settings by either going to the command prompt and typing, 'control mouse', 'main.cpl' (as researched online) or simply by trying to go to the ...
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Control Panel shortcut folder in Windows 7

I'm running Windows 7 build 7600. Every time I try to make a shortcut folder for Control Panel it comes up empty. The path I'm using is: ::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}\0 Is there an ...
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How to access “Manage wireless networks” in acer netbook (windows 7)

I have windows 7 prof on a aspire acer one netbook. I want to access the "Manage wireless networks" panel from Control Panel -> Network and Internet -> Network and Sharing Center -> Manage wireless ...
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Problem in accessing Services Panel Windows 7

I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit installed and am having problems accessing the Services Panel from the Administrative tools option. The problem is that the Services Panel is showing a blank screen ...
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Blank Icon in Control Panel?

Recently I opened my Control Panel and saw that a blank icon came up before my list of icons. Has anyone else experienced this before? Is it safe to delete it? When I try creating a shortcut on the ...
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Full control on screen savers under Ubuntu 9.10

Under Ubuntu 9.10, I have some screen savers that I like, but I cannot change any option that would otherwise be specific for each screen saver, like for the photo/slideshow, to specify the actual ...
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How can I use the keyboard to switch the mouse between left-handed and right-handed?

We have both left-handed and right-handed users in our house. It would be handy to be able to change this setting from the keyboard rather than using the Mouse control panel. Is there a way to ...
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Setting system fonts for specific languages

Vista allows you to set the default UI font for most European languages by going into the Control Panel > Personalization > Window Appearance > Classic Appearance Properties > Advanced. (The default ...
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vista “network and sharing center” “the parameter is incorrect”

On Vista Home Premium SP1, when I try: Start Control Panel network and sharing center File Sharing Turn On File Sharing Apply I get a very windows 95-esque dialog that says "The parameter is ...
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Fingerprint scanner not detected after Windows7 install

I've just upgraded my Dell Studio15 from Vista to 7 and it has stopped recognising the fingerprint scanner. I'm expecting to see Biometric Devices in the control panel (Start -> Control Panel -> ...
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Configure Mouse Buttons for “Administrator”/Elevated privileges

I am, for better or worse, an administrator on my Windows 7 machine. However, even then, I still need to run certain programs "as Administrator" - for example, Visual Studio 2008 when working with ...
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Administrative Tools lost

I can't find any icon in my Administrative Tools folder. How I can restore them?
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Windows Components section is missing from my Add/Remove Programs

I'm guessing it's a group policy thing, because I have to run appwiz.cpl from cmd to launch the add / remove programs window. Is there a command line utility to control windows components? If not, ...
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How can I open WinXP's Services control panel applet on the Standard tab by default?

When opening the Services control panel applet it opens on the Extended tab by default. I find that tab wastes a great deal of real estate for no real value-added. All the same information is ...
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Error on clicking on Text to Speech tab in Speech properties in Control Panel

When I click on Text to Speech tab in Speech properties I receive error: "C:\WINDOWS\system32\shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Speech\sapi.cpl",Speech". ...
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How do I fix the display of Windows 7's Control Panel?

This has really bugged me since I took the plunge and upgraded to Windows 7. I think everything is great on the whole apart from the Control Panel. Instead of ordering from top to bottom like in ...
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Whats up with my Vista Control Panel?

A strange thing has been happening recently: Whenever I open Control Panel from the start menu after a computer restart, explorer.exe hangs. But thereafter (after the first crash), I restart ...
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How can I remove certain icons that I don't use in the Control panel from view?

How can I remove certain icons that I don't use in the Control panel from view? My control panel is fairly cluttered up and I would like to fix this.
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Can't open Folder Options from Control Panel. How to fix this?

I'm running Windows XP Pro SP2. As the question says, I can't open "Folder Options" from "Control Panel". I can, however, access "Folder Options" from the Tools menu in Windows Explorer. Nothing ...
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How to remove Taskbar and Start Menu option from the start menu?

On XP's "classic start menu" under settings there is an item Taskbar and Start Menu, it's also in the control panel, is there an easy way to remove this but only from the start menu, preferably by ...
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Windows 7 resets monitor positions after ending task on a full-screen app

When I end task on a full-screen app, usually a game, or when it crashes to desktop, the monitor positions and orientations reset to default. This is getting old, fast. Is there a simple way to save ...
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Access Network Connection without using Control Panel

How do you access Network Connections without using the Control Panel? I only know the following ways: Run ncpa.cpl from the command line. Right-click on your network icon in the System Tray, and ...
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Mouse wheel scroll setting spontaneously changes

On my ThinkPad R500 running Windows Vista 64-bit, in the Mouse control panel, I have Vertical Scrolling set to scroll 3 lines per notch, which is the default. At random times, it gets changed to 1 ...