Cause: By default, Windows XP will show Control Panel on the Start menu as a 'link'.
This means that you have to click Control Panel to open it from the Start menu. However, you can change this link behavior to a menu so that you can access Control Panel icons directly from the Start menu. When you point to Control Panel on the Start menu, a submenu will pop out showing the icons.
Solution: To change the link behavior so that you see a Control Panel menu, just follow these steps:
1. With your mouse--> right-click the Start menu--> click Properties.
2. In the Properties menu that appears--> click the Start Menu tab--> and then click the Customize button.
3. In the Customize Start Menu window--> click the Advanced tab.
4. In the Start Menu Items box--> click the Display as a Menu radio button and click the OK button.
5. Click OK again on the Start menu and taskbar properties window.
6. Now, click Start and point to Control Panel. A pop-out menu now appears so that you can directly access Control Panel icons.