I like the "classic control panel" view. All the applets are sorted in alphabetical order and I can find what I need really quickly.
I was having some issues in Outlook, so I was looking for the Mail icon, where you can easily create and delete Outlook profiles. However, the Mail icon was nowhere to be found!
I googled the google and found lots of people with the same problem and finally found a resolution. It has to do with my running Vista x64. The Mail icon is a 32-bit applet, so it won't show up next to the 64-bit applets. I needed to look for the "Additional Options" icon and then select "View 32-bit Control Panel Items" to find the Mail icon. One problem: I had a GPO enabled to force the "classic control panel" view on all machines in the domain and the classic view does not allow you to get to the "View 32-bit" section. Bummer!
Thankfully, the GPO was not implemented for security, but instead for my own Control Panel preference, so it would be safe to remove. It was (sadly) time to nuke that GPO, join the rest of the 21st century, and get used to the new multi-tier control panel. The "classic view," afterall, is modeled on the Windows 95/98 style control panel. I'm not that much of a ludite, am I? ;-)
So anyway, after a quick gpupdate /force, I boldly went to the new school "Control Panel Home" and found the "Additional Options" section that was alluding me previously. Now I found my "View 32-bit Control Panel Items" section which contained the mysteriously absent Mail icon.
Why can't classic view contain 32-bit icons? Who knows? But never-the-less, mystery solved.