Using the Traditional Control Panel
Even more configuration settings are found in the Windows Control Panel. The Control Panel is a holdover from older versions of Windows, but it’s still a good way to access various system settings—even if most of those settings duplicate those found on Windows 8’s PC Settings page.
To open the Control Panel, follow these steps:
- From the Start screen, click or tap the Desktop tile to open the traditional Windows desktop.
- Display the Charms Bar and click or tap Settings to display the Settings panel.
- Click or tap Control Panel.
Figure 5.13 shows the Windows 8 Control Panel, which runs on the traditional Windows desktop. You can click a major category, such as System and Security or Network and Internet, to access related configuration settings. Or you can click or tap one of the key settings under a major heading to go directly to that setting.
Figure 5.13. The Windows 8 Control Panel.
After you click or tap through the various links, you eventually end up with a specific configuration utility displayed onscreen. Each type of configuration setting uses a different utility; you might see a full-fledged window full of controls, or a smaller dialog box with a few options to check. Whatever you see onscreen, select the options you want and then click OK to apply the settings you’ve selected.