How to create a custom Control Panel in Windows Vista and XP

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microsoftAs you know there are a lot of icons in the Control Panel. But, how many of them do you use while you work or play? Let’s speak frankly, just 3 or 4, right? So, why don’t you get rid of most of them by creating a personalised Control Panel with just the stuff you really need? Here is the trick.

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click on the Control Panel and switch to Classic View (if you have Vista).
  3. Now, wherever you want create a new folder and call it Alternative Control Panel.
  4. Open this folder and drag all the icons you use from the real Control Panel into it.
  5. Right click on the folder.
  6. Select Properties.
  7. Select the Customize tab and then click the Change Icon… button.
  8. Choose an icon for your Alternative Control Panel and click OK.
  9. Click OK again to go to your to your folder.
  10. Drag the folder (icon) to your Start Menu button and wait. After a while you should see the Menu itself. Drop the folder wherever you want.
  11. Done!

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