How to access the Windows Control Panel

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  • Mis à jour : 11 nov. 2013

Windows Control Panel provides a location from which you can configure the functionality and appearance of your computer.

Access to the Windows Control Panel, and the names of the tools/components found there, vary slightly according to which operating system you are running.

Note: This article is for guidance only. If you require more information about Windows Control Panel and Windows generally, please refer to Microsoft documentation.

Known to apply to the following Sophos product(s) and version(s)

Not product specific

What To Do

How to access Windows Control Panel in Windows 8 and RT

On Windows 8 you can open the Control Panel from the Start screen by simply typing the word 'control'.  A search will begin and a list of apps that match will be shown.  Example:

For information on accessing and using Control Panel in Windows 8 and RT, refer to the Microsoft website: Where is Control Panel?

How to access Windows Control Panel in Windows 7 and earlier

In all versions of Windows you can open the Windows Control Panel as follows:

  1. Open a run box.

  2. Type control and click OK...

How to access Administrative Tools

In all versions of Windows you can open Administrative Tools as follows:

  1. Open a run box.

  2. Type control admintools and click OK...

Opening other Control Panel windows

You can open many different Control Panel windows by entering different commands into the Run box

For more shortcut commands see this Microsoft article: How to run Control Panel tools by typing a command

Tools/Components displayed in Windows Control Panel

The following table lists some of the more commonly used components/tools and their names, available in Windows Control Panel.

Windows 2000 Windows XP Windows 2003 Windows Vista
Add/Remove programs Add or Remove Programs Add or Remove Programs Programs and Features
Add/Remove Hardware Add Hardware Add Hardware Add Hardware
Administrative Tools Administrative Tools Administrative Tools Administrative Tools
Network and Dial-up connections Network Connections Network Connections Network and Sharing Center

Security Center
Security Center
System System System System

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