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neler13 | CompTIA A+ | Module 1.5 - Control Panel

By: neler13 | Related Course: CompTIA A+ | Published: January 31, 2018 | Modified: February 4, 2018
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NotepadControl Panel

Classic View

Control Panel

-Internet Options


Home Page

View /Delete History

Search settings

Tab settings




NotepadDisplay Options

Adjust Display Settings

Adjust  Resolution

Adjust Dual Monitors Click and drag to correct screen

Adjust Brightness Settings (Laptop)

Default windows display settings

NotepadFolder Options

Hidden or Protected Folders to prevent

Folder Options General tab

Do we want to single click a folder or double click.

Modify our navigation Pane looks


Hidden files or folders

Uncheck hide protected OS files

Hide known file extensions  


XP settings-

Control panel is Add Remove programs to modify program or reinstall.

Network Connections  XP only – allows to see what is going on

Windows XP, Windows Vista & Windows 7 Specific Settings

Windows XP, Windows Vista & Windows 7 Specific Settings

In this last lesson on Control Panel we discuss specific settings that are unique to each operating system.

For example, Windows XP has an add/remove Programs utility, that function and naming convention is different in the Windows Vista and Windows 7 editions and you’ll learn how.

We’ll contrast the Windows Vista which has an array of Control Panel Options unique only to that edition such as Tablet PC Setting and Offline Files, Problem report & Solutions, and Printers with Windows 7 which introduces the concept of Home Groups, the Action Center and Remote Application & Desktop Configuration feature.

The most important new addition is the Troubleshooting function which will enable a higher level of troubleshooting and problem resolution at the user level.  You gain a number of insights for mastering this tool.

Once completed, you’ll what each of these features provide, how they work, how to enable/configure them.


NotepadSystem Settings

System Settings –

If it runs out of ram,Virtual Memory is how much of the hard drive to allocate Vs RAM as if it were actually RAM

Visual settings – Performance Vs Look and feel

Remote settings – do we want to allow other computers to connect to us through remote desktop or not allow at all.

System Protection:

  Can create Restore Points allows to create a point and time on the computer that it will remember that we can go back in time and it remembers the settings. Saved points on the computer its the current settings file settings it allows to create a point that it remembers the settings . Can go back in time If we change a driver or change internet options setting.  It will not delete our personal files. But it won’t delete malware files.

Windows firewall – Allows to block or allow incoming or outgoing connections based on program type port number, protocol etc.  Fire wall is really important for security.

Power options – involve what our computer does. What happens when we try to use the computer.  The screen saver can come up.   We have a hard drive where we have data that stays.  We don’t need power for that to stay there that data will stay there.

Mother board uses ram to hold memory.  If power is unplugged and the RAM is wiped out.

Hibernate- saves on hard drive no electricity is being used and the information from the hard drive

Another Control Panel setting is the System Settings.  This tool is for memory resource management of the operating systems.

In this lesson, you’ll learn about virtual vs. physical memory, how they are used, how they can be managed, and how they can be re-allocated.  For example, you’ll be able to predetermine what amount of memory is reserved for cache use and which type of memory you would use for that purpose.

Power options – Sleep/suspend will come back on when you wiggle the mouse.  It does not remove any of the data on the hard drive.  Reduced state of power.  Still slightly awake.  Reduced power state. Hibernate –  sleep or suspend mode

Power plans dictate what happens when.  Set rules

NotepadUser Account Settings

Control Panel to adjust user account settings

Change or remove password

Change username

Add or Remove User

Modify Login Picture

UAC = User Account Controls

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