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 8 and Windows 10, 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
Microsoft Windows 7 Control Panel
Microsoft Windows XP Control Panel
Microsoft Windows 98 Control Panel