Vista's control panel is more useless then ever.
I used to be able to access network devices with a couple clicks. From there I could check IP settings, disable, reset devices etc.
Now I have to click start, control panel, show classic view, double click network and sharing center, click "manage network connections".
We've probably all found ways to deal with it, but I did something that you might find useful.
The control panel settings are accessed through CPL files.
I did a search in c:\windows for all CPL files. I created a shortcut to each on a folder in my profile. (right click drag, create shortcut) I deleted all the duplicates. I ran them all one at a time and figured out what they did. I renamed them to what function they accessed. I deleted ones that didn't work or were not useful to me.
My list now:
- Add Remove Programs.lnk
- Bluetooth Detection.lnk
- Display Settings.lnk
- Intel Wireless.lnk
- Internet Properties.lnk
- Network Properties.lnk
- SCCM Config.lnk
- SCCM Download Monitor.lnk
- SCCM Remote.lnk
- SCCM Run Adv.lnk
- Security Center.lnk
- System Properties.lnk
- Time and Date.lnk
I then created taskbar toolbar pointing to that directory.
Now when I click Network Properties.lnk I get C:\Windows\System32\ncpa.cpl which takes me right to my network devices.
When I click "add remove programs" I get what Microsoft has burned into my brain for years, my installed programs list instead of having to remember that it's called "programs and features" now.
This works for more then just Vista.