As with previous versions of Windows, the main graphical utility to configure the Windows environment and hardware devices is the Control Panel. You can also display the Control Panel in any Windows Explorer view by clicking the leftmost option button in the Address bar and selecting Control Panel.
To access the Control Panel, you can click the Start button on the taskbar and select Control Panel. See Figure 1. Of the eight categories that are listed, each category includes a top-level link, and under this link are several of the most frequently performed tasks for the category. Clicking a category link provides a list of utilities in that category. Each utility listed within a category includes a link to open the utility, and under this link are several of the most frequently performed tasks for the utility.

Using the Control Panel 1

Figure 1

As with current and previous versions of Windows, you can change from the default category  view to classic view (large icon view or small icon view). Icon view is an alternative view that provides the look and functionality of Control Panel in Windows 2000 and earlier versions of Windows where all options are displayed as applets or icons (see Figure 2). provides the look and functionality of Control Panel in Windows 2000 and earlier versions of Windows where all options are displayed as applets or icons (see Figure 2).

Using the Control Panel 2

Figure 2 Windows Server 2008 R2 Control Panel in Large Icon View

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