List of Control Panel Applets in Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP

Control Panel Applets

We, in this article, will introduce you control panel applets in Windows. It will be a short introduction of the control panel applets. Control panel applets, we will be discussing, can be found in various versions of the Windows such as Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Don’t be surprised if you notice that some applets and their names are only found in one version of Windows and not in others.

Before you open the Control Panel applets you should know how to open Control Panel. If you are using Windows 7, or Windows XP or Windows Vista, click the Start button and select Control Panel from the list on the right side. Those who use Windows 8 or Windows 10 can open Control Panel by simply Clicking the Windows icon (previously start button) on the task bar and then type Control Panel. It is like searching something using the search bar. You will see the search results from which you will select Control Panel. Remember, you don’t have to type control panel in some kind of search bar. Just click the Windows icon and start typing Control Panel and you will get results.

Below we have talked about various control panel options.

Accessibility Options

You must have accessed this applet many times. In Accessibility Options, you can find tabs like Keyboard, Sound, Display, Mouse, and General. If you are using the Command Prompt to open Accessibility Options then the command you will execute is

control access.cpl.

If you are using Windows Vista then you should know that in Windows Vista you will find Ease of Access instead of Accessibility Options.

Action Center

If you want to see security and maintenance settings, you will open Action Center which is another Control Panel applet. In the Command Prompt, you will execute control /name Microsoft.ActionCenter to launch Actions Center. Windows versions prior to Windows 7 had Problem Reports and Solutions and Windows Security Center. The control panel applet Action Center was first seen in Windows 7.

Add Features to Windows 8

You can guess from the title that this applet is related to Windows 8. The applet is used when you need to purchase an upgraded version of Windows 8. Open the Command Prompt window and execute the following command to open Add Features to Windows 8.

control /name Microsoft.WindowsAnytimeUpgrade

The applet was previously available as Windows Anytime Upgrade to Windows 8.

Add Hardware

We use Add Hardware Control Panel applet when we need to install devices manually. Generally, when you connect a new device to your computer, it automatically detects the device. But sometimes you have to install the device manually because your system is unable to recognize it. In that case, you use the Add Hardware applet. Open the command prompt window and execute the following command.

control /name Microsoft.AddHardware

If you are using Windows XP, you will execute the following command

control hdwwiz.cpl

In Windows 7 Add Hardware applet is available with a different name Devices and Printer.

The applet is available in Windows Vista and Windows XP.

Add or Remove Programs

You installed a program and now you want to uninstall it for one reason or the other. This is when you use the Add or Remove Program applet. You can also change an installed program using this Control Panel applet. You can access Add or Remove Programs by executing the following command in the Command Prompt.

control appwiz.cpl

Add or Remove Programs applet is now available as Programs and Features. Some features of the Add or Remove Programs are moved to Default Programs.

Administrative Tools

The Administrative Tools is a very useful control panel applet. In this applet, you can find all kinds of shortcuts to various tools. System administrators can find a lot of useful tools in Administrative Tools to get rid of various Windows issues. Open the Command Prompt and execute the following command

control /name Microsoft.AdministrativeTools

Windows XP users will execute the following command in the Command Prompt

control admintools

Automatic Updates

Do you need to download and install updates to Windows? It can be done automatically if you use Automatic Updates. There is a way to open Automatic Updates directly. Open the Command Prompt and run the following command.

control wuaucpl.cpl

Automatic Updates is known as Windows Update applet in Windows Vista. Windows XP users will find Automatic Updates.


As you can guess AutoPlay is related to some kind of media. Basically, you can set up Windows to auto play a movie it will start playing a movie the moment you insert a DVD into your computer. You can open the AutoPlay applet directly by executing control /name Microsoft.AutoPlay.

You can find AutoPlay in almost all the version of Windows.

Backup and Restore Center

You can create and restore backups of groups of files in Windows thanks to Backup and Restore Center applet. Do you know that you can create a Windows Complete PC Backup using this applet? Access Backup and Restore Center directly by executing the following command in the Command Prompt.

control /name Microsoft.BackupAndRestoreCenter

Windows Vista has the Backup and Restore Center. In Windows 7, Backup and Restore Center applet is available as Backup and Restore. If you are using Windows 8, you can use the Windows 7 File Recovery and the File History applets.

Backup and Restore

You can create, manage and restore backups if you know how to use the Backup and Restore control panel applet. Computer users know the importance of creating and restoring backups. So what are you waiting for? Run the following command in the Command Prompt window.

control /name Microsoft.BackupAndRestore

Backup and Restore is available in Windows 7, and Windows 8 users will use Windows 7 File Recovery and File History.

Biometric Devices

You can guess what this applet is used for by just looking at its name Biometric Devices. The applet is mainly used to manage biometric devices. Commonly used biometric devices are fingerprint readers. Note down the following command. You can access Biometric Devices, by simply executing the following command.

control /name Microsoft.BiometricDevices

Windows 7 & 8 have biometric devices Control Panel applet.

BitLocker Drive Encryption

You can turn on and off BitLocker whole-drive encryption on your hard drives and flash drives using the BitLocker Drive Encryption control panel applet. Next thing is accessing the BitLocker Drive Encryption. In the Command Prompt, you will enter the following

control /name Microsoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption

Windows Vista, 7 & 8 have BitLocker Drive Encryption.

Bluetooth Devices

You use this applet when you need to configure Bluetooth devices. People often don’t know which app they should open to add a Bluetooth device. Well, hopefully now you know which applet you should use to add Bluetooth devices. You will execute the following command from the Command Prompt to access the applet directly.

control /name Microsoft.BluetoothDevices

Windows Vista users can find Bluetooth Devices applet. In Windows 7, you will go to Devices and Printer to add a Bluetooth device.

Color Management

We often feel the need to manage color profile for various devices such as monitors and printers. And this is when you need the Color Management applet. Open the Command Prompt and execute the command given below

control /name Microsoft.ColorManagement

The applet, Color Management, is available in almost all the versions of Windows such as Windows Vista, 7 & 8.


Windows allows us to manage color profiles through the Color applet. Open the Command Prompt and execute the following to access Color applet.


If you are using Windows XP, you can still access the Color.

Credential Manager

We login into many sites using our login credentials such as username and password. Sometimes it is difficult for us to remember our login credentials. But Credential Manager is an applet you can use to manage your login credentials. Access the Credential Manager by executing the following command from the Command Prompt.

control /name Microsoft.CredentialManager

Windows 7 and 8 have the Credential Manager applet.


CSNW stands for Client Service for NetWare. You can see the Client Service for NetWare options by simply opening the CSNW applet and then you can set the preferred NetWare server, default tree and context, print options and login script options. Go to the Command Prompt and execute the following command

control nwc.cpl

CSNW is available in Windows Vista and Windows 7 only.

Date and Time

You can guess that Date and Time applet is about the date and time. This is the applet using which you can also set the time zone. Access the Date and Time applet from the Command Prompt by entering the following

control /name Microsoft.DateAndTime

The applet is available in most of the version of the Windows such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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