Home Networking Categories on the Control Panel

Part of the Home Networking Do-It-Yourself For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The Control Panel is the aptly named nerve center for managing and controlling just about every important computer or network setting in Windows 7. With such a treasure trove of tools and utilities, it’s easy to get lost. Sure, you can click your way through all of the various Control Panel categories (and no doubt will become very familiar with them), but here are some of the Control Panel categories that are important to know when creating and maintaining your home network.

Category Tasks
Credential Manager Manage Windows-, generic-, and certificate-based credentials.
HomeGroup Choose homegroup and sharing options, view or print the homegroup password, change the homegroup password, and leave the homegroup.
Internet Options Change your home page, manage browser add-ons, delete browsing history and cookies, change security and privacy settings, and turn the pop-up blocker on or off.
Network and Sharing Center View network status and tasks, connect to a network, change adapter settings, view network computers and devices, add a wireless device to the network, and troubleshoot problems.
Parental Controls Set up parental controls.
User Accounts Change your account picture, add or remove user accounts, change your Windows password, change your account type, manage other accounts, and change User Account Control settings.
Windows CardSpace Manage information cards that you use to log on to online services.
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