Want the Old Control Panel on your Windows 7? Think again!

By Jim Roberts | Microsoft

One common denominator among Windows 7 users is their expressed difficulty with its control panel. To date, forums are filled with posts from users of the new version saying the posed problem makes them want to go back to their old, reliable Windows XP version. Of course, apart from the seemingly taxing use of control panel, there’s another litany of woes with the Windows 7, particularly for those who are used to the older version.

For most of these users, the classic control panel of the latest version makes them miss the Vista where, apart from being available in this version, it comes most accessible and user-friendly. So now, it’s all about shifting back to the not-so-new but highly dependable versions.

I seriously think if these users had a bit more patience and interest, the control panel of Windows 7 would prove much more helpful. It’s all about understanding the basics and simplifying the seemingly complex newness of Window 7’s control panel.


To start with, this particular control panel has search capabilities so powerful but much easier to use. In fact, you eliminate the efforts to find a specific icon among the dozes, and find the settings much easier with this new CP.

Like the simple needs to adjust mouse settings, all you need to do is open the control panel, click search at the upper right corner and type “mouse”. In just two clicks, all the options under searched category would be right before your eyes. If you need anything else among the options, you could limit the selections until you get the mouse settings changed according to your preference. If you want the wheel settings changed in your mouse, then type mouse wheel and you’d automatically get the option for what you need.

Now, this same process goes for all others. It’s just a click, another click and that’s it! While it may be a new, even strange or mildly difficult, it’s really useful and reliable, even more than the XP version you’re used to. But once you muster more patience, you ultimately reap the benefits of the Windows 7 version and make your work – or play – really much easier.

For people like me who have since relied on Windows 7, the search capabilities of its Control Panel have become a budding romance. But if you insist on taking a mile back down the road with your XP, then good luck!

About the Author

Holding a dual degree in both Management and IT with 13 years of business experience, I am Jim F. Roberts from California, USA. Needless to say, I am a techy guy and I love exploring, checking out the latest gadgets and sharing my thoughts on a lot of things.