In Windows XP, the Control Panel has two modes. The default mode, in the Home Edition, is the colourful and friendly Category View, which divvies up the Control Panel applets into nine categories: Appearance and Themes; Network and Internet Connections; Add or Remove Programs; Sounds, Speech, And Audio Devices; Performance and Maintenance; Printers and Other Hardware; User Accounts; Date, Time, Language and Regional Options; and Accessibility Options.
Control Panel shortcuts If you use the utilities under the Control Panel often, place shortcuts to them on the Start menu -> Right-click on the Start button and pick Explore.
Make a new folder within the Start menu named Control Panel (or another name of your choice).
Go to Start/Settings/Control Panel and select all the programs within it. Drag them to the folder you just created.
Don't worry when you're told you can't move those files; just pick the option to create shortcuts.
Now, when you open the Start menu, moving your mouse over the name of the newly created folder brings up a menu of Control Panel shortcuts.