You can invoke System applet either via clicking on corresponding icon in control panel or by using Win+Break hot key, and from this window you may click Advanced System settings to access System Properties. There was a time when you could invoke System Properties by choosing Properties from My Computer context menu (in previous versions of Windows) but now it brings you System applet instead, and extra click is required.
But apart from accessing Advanced System Properties through GUI you can use Run menu, and more over you can open this window on a desired tab. See below what to type in Run to get a certain tab opened (Works in Windows 7/Server 2008):
|System Properties (Advanced Tab)||systempropertiesadvanced|
|System Properties (Computer Name Tab)||systempropertiescomputername|
|System Properties (Hardware Tab)||systempropertieshardware|
|System Properties (Remote Tab)||systempropertiesremote|
|System Properties (System Protection Tab)||systempropertiesprotection|