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Sizing Up the Control Panel

As you certainly know, the Control Panel is the central location for making systemwide modifications to everything from accessibility options to user profiles. Microsoft has moved many features around in Windows 2000 Professional, relative to NT, many of which have shown up in the Control Panel. So, before throwing up your hands in frustration, check there (and Table 29.1). The Help system also has a "Where is it now?" feature, which will help you locate seemingly vanished items.

Not all the settings handled by the Control Panel are pivotal to effective or reliable operation of the system. In fact, many of the adjustments you can make from the Control Panel applets are more optional than they are imperative. For example, the Display applet, among other things, can be used to just make Windows a little easier to use or tolerate. Other applets are more imperative, such as applets for setting user rights, installing new hardware, or running system diagnostics.


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