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Comparing Control Panels

Friday, March 2nd, 2007 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized

Comparing Control Panels

Are you using Windows Vista now? Are you having a little trouble getting a handle on the new Control Panel? It’s hard to get used to new things sometimes, but I’m going to try to help you out with this one today. Let’s do a little Control Panel comparing: Vista vs. XP. Sound good to you? I thought you might like that. Well, gear up, because here we go!

First, here are the different links you will find in each of the Control Panels. In XP, you will find: Appearance and Themes, Network and Internet Connections, Add or Remove Programs, Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices, Performance and Maintenance, Printers and Other Hardware, User Accounts, Date, Time, Language and Regional Options, Accessibility Options and Security Center. On the other hand, Vista shortens those options a little. There, you will find: System and Maintenance, Security, Network and Internet, Hardware and Sound, Programs, User Accounts and Family Safety, Appearance and Personalization, Clock, Language and Region, Ease of Access and Additional Options.

Now, most of them are pretty self-explanatory, but let’s go over a few of the differences found in Vista. Under the Hardware and Sounds section, you can access all of your hardware, like your printer, keyboard, mouse, etc. Under Programs, you can take care of all the uninstalling issues and so on. Under the User Accounts and Family Safety area, you can add new accounts, but also set up parent controls and other safety settings. Now, for the new ones. Ease of Access gives you the option to have Windows suggest certain settings and it also has a section for speech recognition options. Under Additional Options, you will find things such as the type of antivirus program you have on your computer and other valuable information.

So, if you are still getting used to Vista, you can rest assured that the Control Panel is just about the same as XP’s, just with a few additions. It shouldn’t take you too long to get the hang of it. You’ll be a Vista Control Panel pro in no time!

~ Erin

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