Talk:Control Panel (Windows)

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There are hundreds of things with control panels. I think this should be renamed Control Panel (Windows) or Windows Control Panel. --Oreckel 23:05, 25 Mar 2005 (UTC)


I was actually thinking among the same lines,


yet had not arrived at a suitable way of formulating this idea. There are indeed hundreds of things with control panels. Even within software scope, Windows is not the only operating system with a control panel or something similar. Some of the items in the Windows control panel are most likely also found on other control panels.

So what to do? Some possibilities:
  • Rename to Windows Control Panel (like the shell article is called Windows Explorer and not Explorer (Windows).
  • Start a general article about the concept of control panels, or control panels in computing. Name items that seem to appear in all contol panels. Reference to the Windows Control Panel as well as to some other control panels maybe.
  • Use a disambiguation-thingy to disambiguate between Acme Control Panel and Nottin Control Panel etcetera.
Some of these possibilities are not really compatible. I would appreciate your ideas on this. Shinobu 23:53, 25 Mar 2005 (UTC)
True, we could make a general article about a Control Panel, then make links to various kinds of Control Panels. Or like you have suggested, very very short introduction about what Control Panels do and various links again. -- WB 05:04, Mar 26, 2005 (UTC)

OK, I kinda solved the issues... (see Control Panel and Windows Control Panel) -- WB 05:17, Mar 26, 2005 (UTC)

Remove wikify?[edit]

I think this article has been sufficently wikified since it was first reported - it only needs to be expanded now. I think we can afford to remove the {{wikify}} section. --Oreckel 03:21, 27 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Sure thing. If someone else doesn't, I'll do it. Shinobu 16:29, 28 Mar 2005 (UTC)
By the way, is it still useful to mark this article as a stub? Any more detail and it will turn into a help file... Shinobu 17:15, 28 Mar 2005 (UTC)
  • I don't think we need {{stub}} anymore. It's defined as something that's a few paragraphs at most. I say take it out and leave {{expand}} in, since it is really lacking in detail at this point. --Oreckel 02:07, 29 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Screenshot[edit]

Can anyone with an Enlish version of Windows XP possibly get a screenshot of the Control Panel? I have the Korean version, so it wouldn't be the best picture to put it here. Yeah. WB 08:19, May 6, 2005 (UTC)

That's a nice idea. We could also supply screenshots from the Control Panel of e.g. Windows 1.0, 3.1 and 95 if we can find them. Shinobu 13:43, 6 May 2005 (UTC)
XP is done. -- WB 06:20, Jun 25, 2005 (UTC)

Third party control panels?[edit]

What's the point of including three third party control panels in the list? And why this three? Why not a few other hundreds? --Szajd 21:24, 28 November 2006 (UTC)

Rewrite: Missing the forest for the trees[edit]

I'd be much more interested in hearing when CPLs were first introduced to Windows, what changes have been made over the years, etc, etc. than in a detailed list of control panels provided with XP. This article needs some of the useless detail struck and replaced with the things people might actually be interested in. The article currently focuses on identifying individual trees at the expense of any detail but obscure trivia on the forest. --Steven Fisher 22:52, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

This thing doesn't even have detail: one line on Add/Remove Programs, one of the first things a new Windows user needs to know about the Control Panel. —Vanderdeckenξφ 12:45, 5 January 2007 (UTC)
The article needs to be updated for Windows Vista and have certain details added; however, it does not need to be completely rewritten. Themodernizer 03:27, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
It needs a lot more meaningful detail added, and nearly every line currently in it needs to be removed due to a lack of significance. That is being rewritten. --Steven Fisher 15:21, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
I'd definitely have to agree, in addition to some revisions for the new release of Windows Vista, as stated previously. Chris (Talk) (Contribs) 09:48, 4 February 2007 (UTC)

I think we've just about reached the point where it's time to afd and start over. I'm certain if I tried to remove the useless listing of control panels (each as headings, nice...) it would simply be reverted, so I don't really see any way other than an afd to fix this. --Steven Fisher 20:20, 10 February 2007 (UTC)

create new page[edit]

Perhaps it would be better to create a new "control panel components" page or something similar to list the individual cpl's and then have the orignal page focusing on the history of the control panel etc. 82.3.231.190 22:29, 23 February 2007 (UTC)

Vista update[edit]

Is the Control Panel in Vista exactly the same as the XP one, with identical components? If not, why is there no mention of Vista in this article? Ygoloxelfer 14:29, 23 March 2007 (UTC)

Deletion of material[edit]

In this diff Themodernizer removed a lot of material. While I agree (as does hopefully everyone) that some rewrite is necessary, removing material like this is not very productive, since material that is removed cannot easily be rewritten. Some of the removed material could for example be used productively in a "Techinical details" section. Shinobu 00:47, 26 June 2007 (UTC)

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Control Panel disappearing[edit]

My control panel disappeared in Windows Vista. If I tried to open it from the start menu, I got an empty list. After a bit of searching online I found out that the cause was that the "Software Licensing Service" service was stoppped in Windows. Restarting it by running "net start slsvc" fixed it. I don't think this information is worth putting in the article, but it seems to happen to other people as well. If it happens to a lot of people, it may be useful to put it in the article after all (under "known issues"?).

So I decided to put the information here, assuming search engines will pick it up and people who experience this problem will end up here, reading how to fix it. Should you be one of them, please reply and say so. If enough people reply, we should consider putting it in the article.     — SkyLined {talkcontribs 14:55, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

What is the control panel?[edit]

This article is written like a lot of MS stuff: everything but the key is there. I came to this article to find out what the cotnrol panel is or where it is. There is no screen shot or indication what it looks like or where on the computer screen or screens it is located. All I wanted was to find out where it is so I can then go to the next step in following isntructions -- but I can't. 211.225.32.232 (talk) 01:51, 10 October 2010 (UTC)

Merging Control Panel (Windows) and List of Control Panel applets[edit]

I have proposed to merge these two articles. While this article (Control Panel (Windows)) is very small, and List of Control Panel applets is large, I believe that it would be a great idea. This article mentions little, while the other does.--JC Talk to me My contributions 04:57, 24 November 2011 (UTC)

Bad idea. Both bad articles, but putting two bad articles about different subjects into one bad article doesn't solve anything. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 203.206.162.148 (talk) 06:25, 28 November 2011 (UTC)

original windows control panel[edit]

The original Windows (Win 1, Win 3) control panel was a plug-in environment. It allowed you to write small plug-ins, which used the Control Panel, rather than writing complete programs.

Like the Mcrosoft Management Console is now. Code Panel Applets were plug-ins which used the Code Panel API.

The Code Panel in Windows 2000 also allowed you to have Special Folders as well as code panel applets, so, for example, there is no Administrative Tools applet, or Font applet in Windows 2K - those just open the Administrative Tools folder, and the Font folder, in Windows Explorer.

I don't know how Fonts and Administrative Tools are handled in Win95/98/3/2/1. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 203.206.162.148 (talk) 06:33, 28 November 2011 (UTC)