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

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Finding Mail (32-bit) in the start menu

I find myself often visiting the Mail control panel for people I'm helping who use Outlook. However, it never, ever shows up in the start menu for anyones computer: Is there some magic string I ...
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How can I make Windows 7's Start Menu look-and-feel like Windows XP's?

The reason for this is that I got accustomed to navigating the Start Menu with the keyboard, and I find that this is more efficient. I tried importing the following .reg file, which helped with ...
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How do I start control panel with runas in Windows XP?

Sometimes I need to make a config change on another user's PC. The user doesn't have admin rights so I try to start control panel using the runas command. I can start other stuff with the command ...
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How do I Display Message on Vista when Battery is Low?

I use Vista, on a laptop, but when the battery is low or critical it doesn't display a message or a sound, it just craps out. I read somewhere that the whole not-sound-playing is by design!?!? ...
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Windows: config i dont want the whole listing on panel menu

I let one man who thinks he's far clever than everyone around touch my PC and he changed the configuration panel menu. Now it's ugly, confusing and doesn't make me search for things faster (I guess ...
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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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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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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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Add Control Panel items to Windows 8.1 Search

Windows 8.1 claims to search in all indexed locations. However when I tried to open "Mail" (i.e. Mlcfg32.cpl) by typing "Mail" in Search, magic didn't happen. Instead I had to scramble all the way ...
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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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control panel under Windows 7 will not load?

So, I am slowly, piece-by-piece, putting my system back together. Right now the only thing that doesn't operate correctly is trying to enter the control panel via Start->Control Panel– when I click it ...
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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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Windows 7 Control Panel View - Vertical List Alphabetically

I would like to list the control panel items vertically instead of horizontallly in icon view. How can I do this?
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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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How do I clear the Run box history in Windows 8?

Since there's no longer a taskbar/start menu Control Panel, how do you clear the history of the Run box in Windows 8?
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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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Search in windows control panel lose focus after typing one character

When I open windows' control panel, click the search bar and start typing, it always lose focus after typing in one character. If I click it again to regain focus, the problem wouldn't happen again. ...
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Do I need to keep my gpu control panel active?

I've been using onboard graphics for the longest time. But I finally got a gpu. A low end one but still better than onboard. But when I put the gpu in, it installed nvidia geforce experience. And I'm ...
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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 ...
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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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Run command for Adobe Flash settings

Is there a run command that brings up the Adobe Flash settings in the Control Panel? Run commands such as WinKey+R and typing cmd, msconfig, control, etc. but to bring up the flash player settings.
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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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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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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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Is there a quick way to get to the Control Panel in Windows 8?

Obviously in all previous versions of Windows you could simply click START and then select "Control Panel" to get to it, but on Windows 8 there is no such option. Is there an easy way to quickly get ...
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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. ...
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How can I rename installed programs in Programs and Features?

Is there any way I can rename the installed programs in Programs and Features section of Control Panel in Windows 7?
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Should DIR-615 router protect control pages with a passord?

I have a DIR-615 router on address 192.168.10.1 If I open an URL http://192.168.10.1 then I get login page But if I enter http://192.168.10.1/Basic/Wireless.shtml I get into control panel without ...
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No sounds in Money Plus after sound changes in controlpanel. Windows 8

I changed the sound in control panel and now I get no sounds from Money Plus. Can this be restored? I am using windows8 and cannot get the sound back on my Money Plus Program. System: Windows 8 All ...
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how to fix empty turn windows features on or off

I am running win 7 home premium, and now I see my windows and features list is always empty, i tried many solutions but nothing did it. I tried this last thing but failed to solve as well
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Middle click on Surface Pro [duplicate]

How can I get middle click functionality with the surface pro touch pad on the Type Cover keyboard? With Synaptics touch pads you can change settings in the Mouse section of Control Panel, but there ...
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How to change user name in Windows 7?

How do I change my Windows 7 user name? When I look under C:\users\user, I know I am user. But my name in Control Panel → User Accounts is set to David. My wife also has access to my PC. Her ...
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Windows Update not working in the Windows 8 Add Printer dialog

I am trying to add a legacy LPT EPSON printer to my Windows 8 system, but it isn't listed in the base list in the Add Printer dialog (the one which opens when I choose to add the printer manually). ...
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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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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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Trouble in set the date in windows xp only after 8/2008

I'm having trouble setting the date in Windows XP. Specifications: Microsoft windows xp professional 2002 Service Pack 2 Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.90 GHz RAM 512 MB Every time I try change my date ...
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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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Adding a shortcut for “Change Adapter Settings”

Is it possible to create a desktop shortcut for "Change Adapter Settings" in windows 7? I run virtual machines, that I need to enable/disable NICs frequently.
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How to automatically start xampp control panel in Win 8?

I can't figure out where to enable the xampp control panel start on Win 8 start up. I looked under services but I don't see an option there. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks!
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“Devices and Printers” panel shows no items

I'm using Windows 7. The "Devices and Printers" panel shows I have no items even though they are accessable in the control panel. Other web sites have suggested the problem lies in the bluetooth ...
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Why are the number of Internet Explorer Add-ons different depending on where the Options are viewed?

Viewing the Add-ons from within Internet Explorer with either Tools -> Manage-Add-ons or Tools -> Internet Options -> Programs tab -> Manage add-ons are different from what is shown ...
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Windows 8 Performance Tools recommendations: Undo “remove from list”

In the Windows 8 "Performance Information and Tools" Control Panel, there's an advanced section that shows detected performance issues. If you click on one, it opens a small dialog summarizing the ...
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How do I find out which files a user has open on a shared computer?

In Windows, say I go into Control Panel->Computer Management and take a look at the Computer Management (Local)->Shared Folders->Sessions. I know that if anyone shows up in this list, they ...
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Minimal hosting control panel or API?

I have many VPS managed via Proxmox. Each VPS is a dedicated server for 1 single domain. I was looking for a solution to manage email accounts, FTP, databases remotely, possibly through an API for ...
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Where do third-party icons appear in Windows 7 Control Panel

I have various third-party settings icons for proprietry hardware that appear in the Control Panel as icons in Windows XP. When I reinstall the system with Windows 7 (including all latest drivers ...
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Linksys router webpage/control-panel inaccessible

I tried to access my WRT120N's webpage through the default 192.168.1.1 (LAN connection). Not being able to login (I'm unsure if I ever changed it from the default though), I did a hard reset on the ...
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How can I modify the services.msc file in Windows 7

I want to modify the default view when using Services from Administrative Tools under Windows 7, similar to this previous SuperUser question relating to Windows XP: How can I open WinXP's Services ...