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II. The Components of Windows 2000 > 8. The Control Panel

Chapter 8. The Control Panel

Considering that Windows was originally designed for use in starships, it’s not surprising that most important settings can be found in the Control Panel. (OK, it’s true: Windows was originally designed for use on Intel 286 computers and not starships. But a Pentium III 1-GHz machine is a lot nearer to a starship than it is to the 286 8-MHz machines Windows first ran on).

The Control Panel is a collection of tools (sometimes called applets, because they’re like miniature applications, or simply control panels) you can use to change Windows 2000 settings. To see your PC’s collection of control panel applets, open the Control Panel window by choosing StartSettingsControl Panel (see Figure 8-1).

Not everything in the Control Panel window is, in fact, a Control Panel applet; some (such as Fonts and Printers) are shortcuts to important folders, and others (such as Add/Remove Programs) are wizards that help you set up various Windows features.
Figure 8-1. Not everything in the Control Panel window is, in fact, a Control Panel applet; some (such as Fonts and Printers) are shortcuts to important folders, and others (such as Add/Remove Programs) are wizards that help you set up various Windows features.

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