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List of Control Panel Applets in Windows

Complete List of Control Panel Applets in Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP

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Problem Reports and Solutions

Problem Reports and Solutions in Window Vista
Problem Reports and Solutions (Window Vista)

The Problem Reports and Solutions Control Panel applet is used to view the problems Windows has encountered and check for possible solutions to them.

Execute control /name Microsoft.ProblemReportsAndSolutions from the Command Prompt to access Problem Reports and Solutions directly.

Problem Reports and Solutions was replaced by Action Center beginning in Windows 7.

Problem Reports and Solutions is available in Windows Vista.

Programs and Features

Programs and Features in Windows 7
Programs and Features (Windows 7)

The Programs and Features Control Panel applet is used to uninstall, change, or repair an installed program. Programs and Features can also be used to view installed Windows Updates or turn optional Windows features on or off.

Execute control Microsoft.ProgramsAndFeatures from the Command Prompt to access Programs and Features directly.

Programs and Features replaced Add or Remove Programs beginning in Windows Vista.

Programs and Features is available in Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista.

Recovery

Recovery in Windows 7
Recovery (Windows 7)

The Recovery Control Panel applet is used primarily to start System Restore but can also be used to start System Image Recovery or reinstall Windows via a parallel installation.

Execute control /name Microsoft.Recovery from the Command Prompt to access Recovery directly.

Recovery is available in Windows 8 and Windows 7.

Region

Region in Windows 8
Region (Windows 8)

The Region Control Panel applet is used to configure region specific information like how date, time, currency, and numbers are formatted in Windows.

Execute control /name Microsoft.RegionAndLanguage from the Command Prompt to access Region directly.

Region replaced the regional configuration options in the Regional and Language Options applet available in Windows 7. Language settings in Windows 8 are available in the Language applet.

Region is available in Windows 8.

Region and Language

Region and Language in Windows 7
Region and Language (Windows 7)

The Region and Language Control Panel applet is used to configure language and region specific information in Windows like date and time formats, currency and number formats, keyboard layout, etc.

Execute control /name Microsoft.RegionAndLanguage from the Command Prompt to access Region and Language directly.

Region and Language replaced Regional and Language Options beginning in Windows 7 and was itself replaced by both the Language applet and the Region applet beginning in Windows 8.

Region and Language is available in Windows 7.

Regional and Language Options

Regional and Language Options in Windows Vista
Regional and Language Options (Windows Vista)

The Regional and Language Options Control Panel applet is used to configure options specific to particular languages or areas of the world like time, date, currency, and number format.

Execute control /name Microsoft.RegionalAndLanguageOptions from the Command Prompt to access Regional and Language Options directly. In Windows XP, execute control international instead.

Regional and Language Options was replaced by Region and Language beginning in Windows 7 and replaced again in Windows 8 by both the Region applet and the Language applet.

Regional and Language Options is available in Windows Vista and Windows XP.

RemoteApp and Desktop Connections

RemoteApp and Desktop Connections in Windows 7
RemoteApp and Desktop Connections (Windows 7)

The RemoteApp and Desktop Connections Control Panel applet is used to setup, remove, and manage the connection to RemoteApp and Desktop Connections in Windows.

Execute control /name Microsoft.RemoteAppAndDesktopConnections from the Command Prompt to access RemoteApp and Desktop Connections directly.

RemoteApp and Desktop Connections is available in Windows 8 and Windows 7.

Scanners and Cameras

Scanners and Cameras in Windows 7
Scanners and Cameras (Windows 7)

The Scanners and Cameras Control Panel applet is most often used, especially in later versions of Windows, to install and manage scanners and other imaging devices that Windows doesn't automatically detect and manage through Devices and Printers.

Execute control /name Microsoft.ScannersAndCameras from the Command Prompt to access Scanners and Cameras directly. In Windows XP, execute control sticpl.cpl instead.

Scanners and Cameras is available in Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.

Scheduled Tasks

Scheduled Tasks in Windows XP
Scheduled Tasks (Windows XP)

The Scheduled Tasks Control Panel applet is used to schedule programs, scripts, or other files to run or open automatically at a defined time or interval.

Execute control schedtasks from the Command Prompt to access Scheduled Tasks directly.

The ability to schedule tasks was moved to Task Scheduler, a part of the Microsoft Management Console, beginning in Windows Vista.

Scheduled Tasks is available in Windows XP

Security Center

Security Center in Windows Vista
Security Center (Windows Vista)

The Security Center Control Panel applet is used to manage Windows security settings like firewall protection, malware protection, and automatic updates.

Windows Security Center can be accessed directly by executing control /name Microsoft.SecurityCenter from the Command Prompt. In Windows XP, execute control wscui.cpl instead.

Security Center was replaced by Action Center beginning in Windows 7.

Security Center is available in Windows Vista and Windows XP.

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