How to Open Control Panel on Windows 11/10/8/7/XP and Vista

To make settings on Windows, you must open the Control Panel. To do this, there are differences in the individual Windows versions. We will show you where to find the Control Panel in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 and 11.

Hwo to Open Control Panel on Windows 11

With Windows 11, most settings from previous Windows versions have moved to the new Settings app. If you still can’t find an option in the Windows 11 settings, you may find it in the Control Panel.

  • You can find the Control Panel via the Windows search . To do this, either click on the  "Start" icon or directly on the search in the taskbar.
  • Then type  "Control Panel " to find the appropriate search result. Then click the correct search result named "Control Panel" to invoke it.
  • Alternatively, you can open the Control Panel via the Run dialog.
  • To do this, press the key combination [Windows] + [R] and enter (without quotation marks) "control". Confirm with Enter or with [OK].
  • If you use the Control Panel more often, you can pin it to the taskbar via the icon.

Open Control Panel on Windows 10

Note: If you open the "Settings" in the Start menu, you will also find some important functions here that have no longer been placed in the Control Panel since Windows 10.

  1. Click on the Windows icon at the bottom left so that the Start menu opens.
  2. Now simply enter the term "Control Panel" on your keyboard.
  3. The search result will then appear and can be selected at the top.


Open Control Panel on Windows 8

In Windows 8, there is not only the classic control panel, but also a sorted and Windows 8-oriented control panel. For the conventional control panel, proceed as follows:

  1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard to get to the Start screen.
  2. Now type "System": a search bar will open, with "Control Panel" as the first result.
  3. Selecting this will open the Control Panel and allow you to configure your PC.

Open Control Panel on Windows 7 and Vista

Even in the older Windows versions, you can open the Control Panel with a few clicks.

  1. Click the Windows button at the bottom right of the screen to open the Start menu.
  2. On the right side, you will see the menu item "Control Panel". Click on it.
  3. The control panel will now open.

Windows 7 support is set: Switch quickly

By the way: There have been no new features and bug fixes in Windows 7 since January 13, 2015. There have also been no security updates since the beginning of 2020. However, anyone who still owns Windows 7 can switch to Windows 10 for free or install Windows 11 directly.

  • In order for everything to work flawlessly, you need a current computer that meets the requirements for Windows 10 or 11. You can find the best notebooks for the new Windows system in our best list. They start at less than 250 Euros.
  • The best thing is that Windows 11 is already preinstalled on most current laptops. You don’t even have to set up the system, but can start right away.

 Open Control Panel onWindows XP

For Windows XP, proceed as follows:

  1. Click on the "Start" button at the bottom right of the screen.
  2. On the right side you will see "Control Panel" in the middle.
  3. Now the Control Panel will open.