The Control Panel can be found under the Start Menu
Control Panel Home is like the Category View in XP, whilst the Classic View maintains the approach of providing an alphabetical list of icons for all features.
6. Network Settings
In Category view, Network and Internet gives various options to set up and view the network status, share files, get to Internet Options and turn the Firewall on and off amongst other things.
Click View network status and tasks (or Network and Sharing Centre in icon view) to get to the Network and Sharing Centre. Here you can configure your network and sharing settings, as well as check the properties of the network adapters on your computer.
Clicking Properties gives the usual properties page, with a few new additions like IPv6. The Properties page for IPv4 are the very similar to the one featured in Windows XP and previous windows versions.
7. The Command Prompt
Located under Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt All the usual commands like ping, tracert, pathping, ipconfig and finger are present, with the exception of telnet. Telnet can be installed by doing the following - Click Start > Control Panel > Programs, and then Turn Windows Features on or off. In the list, scroll down and select Telnet Client. Click OK to start the installation.
8. User Account Control
One significant change in Vista is the introduction of a feature called User Account Control. If you try and run an administrative function and are logged in as an administrator then Windows will prompt for confirmation that you want to do this before allowing you to continue. A shield icon identifies commands that require administrator privileges.
This is part of a much better approach to system security, but is a big change from the way that previous versions of Windows have worked. Read Microsoft's Account Control Overview for more information.
9. How to find out which version of Windows Vista you're using
There are several versions of Windows Vista. If you're not sure which version you are running, do the following: Go to the Start Menu, right click on Computer and select Properties
The edition of Windows Vista you are running is displayed with your computer details near the top of the window.