Introduction to System Settings

To access the system settings, you can do one of the following:

  • If you are in Category view, click System and Security, and click System or click View amount of RAM and processor speed.
  • If in classic view, double-click the System applet.
  • Right-click Computer and select Properties.

In Windows, there are often several ways to do the same thing. At the top of the screen you see the Windows edition you have and the system type. Because Windows Server 2008 R2 comes only in 64-bit, it will show 64-bit Operating System in the middle of the screen. Toward the bottom of the screen you will see the computer name and domain (if any) if Windows is activated and the Product ID. See Figure below.

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Figure: Control Panel system settings

Some of the most important configuration settings for a server administrator are the system settings within the Control Panel. These include gathering generation information about your system, changing the computer name, adding the computer to a domain, accessing the device manager, configuring remote settings, configuring startup and recovery options, and configuring overall performance settings.