The Clock, Language, and Region category
contains options that help you localize your
computer. For Instance, use the Date and Time
options to set time and date, change the time
zone, add clocks for different time zones, and
add the clock gadget to the desktop. In the
Region and Language option, you can change
locations; the date, time, or number format; and
keyboards or other input methods. Clicking the
Windows Live Language setting opens a window
with a list of a variety of different language
You use the Control Panel to change and
customize setting on your computer, such
as the desktop, time zone, and account
picture. Recall that the left pane of the
Start menu includes a list of programs.
The right pane has links to some of the
more commonly used programs and
commands. One of these commands is
the Control Panel. To open the Control
Panel, click the Start button and then click
the Control Panel command on the Start
Hardware and Sound category lets you
manage hardware devices such as
printers, the mouse and the keyboard. You
also can set power options, adjust and
change the sound the sound
systems, manage audio devices, and set
the screen resolution.
The option in the Network and Internet
category help you to connect to the
Internet, view a network and its computers
and devices, synchronize with other
computers, and perform other networking
In addition to using the Control Panel, you
also can change some setting by clicking
the appropriate icon on the right side of
the taskbar, which is called the
notification area. If some of the icons are
hidden on your taskbar, click the Show
hidden icons button to display the hidden
Using the Program Compatibility
Wizard, you can change the compatibility
settings for the program. To access the
Program Compatibility Wizard, click
Programs in the Control Panel and then
click Run programs made for previous
versions of Windows.
The options in the Programs category
allow you to uninstall a program of view
installed updates. You also use this
window to turn Windows features on and
off, activate programs made for previous
versions of Windows, and add or uninstall
When you insert the CD or disk, generally
the Startup Program runs automatically.
When this does not occur, use the
computer program to view the CD and
search for a file named
setup.exe, startup.exe, or install.exe.
Double-click this file to start the program.
The System and Security category includes setting for
a variety of system tasks. This window contains link to all
of the tools that are used to perform
administrative, system, and security-related tasks.
Popular tasks include the following;
Review the computer’s status and resolve issues by
troubleshooting common problems
Check firewall status and view the amount of RAM
Turn automatic updating off and on.
Require a password when the computer wakes
Back up and restore files from backup
Free disk space and defragment the hard
You also can use the option in this
category to check for Window updates and
to view Windows security features.
System Restore creates and saves
restore points on a regular basis. If an
issue occurs and the system is not
working correctly, you can use this feature
to return the system file to an earlier point
in time. To access System Restore, select
the Control Panel and the type System
Restore in the search box to start the
System restore Wizard.
Using the User Accounts and Family
Safety category, you can change user
accounts and passwords, set up parental
controls, change a user’s online
profile, manage Windows credentials, and
manage e-mail accounts.