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

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windows 10 black screen after login and file explorer and control panel error

While my upgraded windows 10 Lenovo G500 laptop is shutting down, my brother held the power button so the laptop shut down immediately, and after I turned on my laptop and wrote the password, the ...
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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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W10 computer office 3 min ahead of time, other PCs are ok

How can I solve that I am the only W10 computer in the room that shows a 3-4 min delay (vs http://www.time.gov/, mobiles and the rest of PCs). It is not a configuration problem, even when I ...
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How to reset the default Windows command line after installing Cygwin?

I have installed cygwin into my Windows 8.1 and configured the settings in the advanced system (Control Panel > System and Security > System > Advanced system settings > Environment Variables) It has ...
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Method to get windows left open on second monitor which is off back to primary monitor?

I have a dual monitor setup, my primary and the second monitor is actually a large TV which is usually off. If windows are left open on the TV like windows explorer I have to turn the TV on to get it ...
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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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Windows 7 Control Panel - Programs and Features

When I try to uninstall any program, the message box I receive contains the following: Programs and Features: Please wait until the current program is finished uninstalling or being changed. There ...
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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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How to make sure that Windows 10 has successfully synced all of my computer settings?

I'm using Windows 10 Home (10.0.10586.104) and already check-boxed all of the Sync Setting including all of the Individual Sync Setting. Unfortunately, i don't receive any notifications from action ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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(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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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 disappeared....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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Administrative Tools lost

I can't find any icon in my Administrative Tools folder. How I can restore them?
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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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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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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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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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Windows 7: How to show all items that are in control panel?

There is a "troubleshooting" menu item in the control panel if you search; how can I display all items that are in the control when viewing it normally (Note: This has nothing to do with changing the ...
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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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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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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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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" de-...
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What's the direct way to open the screen @ Control panel >> System

I was wondering what's the direct way to go straight to the screen at Control Panel >> System: For example, to go straight to Advanced System Settings, I could simply open C:\Windows\System32\...
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Windows 7, 2 mice, 1 user, and “Switch primary and secondary buttons” on 1 mouse only?

In an effort to reduce the likelihood that I'll get mouse-related RSI in my (dominant) right hand, I've taken to using an additional second mouse with my left. I'd like to flip the left and right ...
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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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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 ...