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Microsoft® Windows 7 Your Way: Speed Up and Customize Windows by Michael Miller

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1. Configuring Basic Settings

To configure Windows your way, you need to start with the basics. That means learning what tools to use—and how to use them. That’s right, we’re talking configuration essentials, starting with the Windows Control Panel

Using the Control Panel

Most of Windows’ configuration settings are set via a utility called the Control Panel. In reality, the Control Panel is just a folder or library that contains lots of individual configuration utilities (also called applets); it’s through these utilities that the actual configuration takes place.

How the Control Panel Works

You open the Control Panel by clicking the Start menu and selecting Control Panel; that’s easy enough. What you see next is the default Control Panel, ...

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