Control Panel

Updated: 09/22/2017 by Computer Hope

The Control Panel is a section of Microsoft Windows that enables a user to change various computer hardware and software features. Settings for the mouse, display, sound, network, and keyboard represent just a few examples of what may be modified in the Control Panel. Below are some examples of how the Control Panel appeared in Windows.

Tip: In Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 you can use the search in the top right corner of the Control Panel window to find the area you're looking to adjust. For example, you could type firewall to search for the Control Panel Firewall settings.

Tip: In Windows 10 and Windows 8, Microsoft is trying to transition users away from using the Control Panel in favor of the Windows Settings.

The evolution of the Windows Control Panel

Windows 10 Control Panel

Microsoft Windows 7 Control Panel
Microsoft Windows 7 Control Panel

Microsoft Windows XP Control Panel
Microsoft Windows XP Control Panel

Microsoft Windows 98 Control Panel
Microsoft Windows 98 Control Panel

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