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Windows XP and Vista expert tweaking guide

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Cascading Control Panel

Got a problem with Windows? There's no need to put up with elements that don't suit you. We've got the tools to help you get XP or Vista looking and acting just right.

Turn the Control Panel into a cascading menu for quick access to applets. To run an applet that you've hidden, type its name in the Run box or command line.

Maybe you'd like to bypass Windows' Control Panel altogether. If so, you can force Windows to display Control Panel applets in a cascading menu when you choose Control Panel from the Start button.

To do this in Windows XP, right-click the taskbar and choose Properties, Start Menu. Choose the Start menu button, click the Customize button next to it, then choose the Advanced tab. Under the Control Panel heading, choose 'Display as a menu'. Click ok twice to finish.

The process is virtually identical in Windows Vista. Right-click the taskbar and choose Properties, Start Menu. Then click the Customize button next to the Start menu item, scroll down to the Control Panel heading and again select 'Display as a menu'.

Click ok twice to finish.

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