Windows 8 host lots of enhancements, starting from its Start Screen to its booting process. In the mid of these enhancements various other features also have been enriched with plenty of improvements like Windows 8 Control Panel.
Windows 8 Control Panel has been revamped with a plethora of new shortcuts, applet for various system components, and quick links to configure consoles while comprising Windows 8 native utilities related settings and toggles.
Like any other Windows version, the Control Panel is the chief destination where the users tunes up their computer and changes all default settings. From Control Panel you can access a basic list of all hardware components, uninstall programs, clutter with user rights and look for a backup solution when certain drivers start behaving strangely. Control Panel is the only place where we can find all the relevant information regarding the computer hardware and software and from here only all the customization junkies start.
After the Windows 8 Start Screen, the second most extravagant feature of Windows 8 is the Control Panel. Here, we are going to disclose some of the basic features packed inside the Windows 8 Control Panel and their efficiency.
1. Personalize: The very first tab available in Control Panel, just after activation, provides the possibility of customizing the Lockscreen and the User Tile. This option allows you to change the background on each feature and even add a couple of applications that will display content to the lock screen.
2. Users: Here you can create or modify a user account. Users can configure their login security features by selecting one of three methods: classic password, PIN or using predefined gestures on a picture.
3. Notifications: This is one of the best features that the users can experience on the Windows 8, as they possess the access to tweak the settings and choose which application should notify when something happens or completely shut off in case those messages are not important. Notifications management is very easy to use as each app that would be listed under this option will be embedded with a small toggle button that can be used to switch its notifying option On or Off.
4. Privacy: Here, the privacy menu checks how applications use personal information in their data, like the location, your name, the account picture and many more. The history of your applications can also be deleted here and can also look forward to help Microsoft by sending them error reports.
5. General: Though each tab in the Control Panel holds the corresponding significance but one tab which is the most important is the General menu tab, which allows you to tweak touch-keyboard options and offers error recovering tools. In just few clicks, you can correct if anything goes wrong with your PC as Reset or Refresh options are available here.
6. Search: Many of you might have faced problems using the Search function in the current Windows version, but this has been completely given a makeover in Windows 8. The new Windows 8 Search function is yielded with a global integrated search, which goes inside the apps as well to find what you are looking for. The Search menu also let you to delete all the keywords you have searched till now, you can also enable or disable the search history used for suggestions and also toggle what apps you can show when you activate the search panel.
7. Ease of Access: Here you could import some settings and leave rest on the computer to decide what’s best. This feature has been completely modified and delivers an enriched experience in Windows 8. Microsoft has implemented a high contrast toggle, especially for those who are visually less abled as with this new contrast everything gets turned in black and white. This feature in true terms provides ease of access as from here you can choose to setup some keyboard shortcuts and can also use bigger tiles on the desktop.
8. Devices: All the devices that are connected to your Windows 8 PC will be shown here in the list, and provides you the authority to remove them at the push of a button.
9. Sync PC Settings: No matter wherever you are on the globe, as using Windows Live ID feature, you can configure the PC to automatically import major settings when accessing the same account from a different Windows 8 system. These settings include the desktop, apps permissions, passwords, etc.
10. Windows Update: The last feature of the ten significant features of Windows 8 Control Panel, the place which will keep you updated with the newer versions of the OS.
Though, some of the features from them are also available in the classic Windows 7, but once when you will taste the Metro Style Panel, you will never going to forget the taste of it and no doubt will not get same experience ever with any other OS.