Understanding all the 802.1X client settings in Windows can certainly help during deployment and support of an 802.1X network. This is especially true when manual configuration of the settings is required, such as in a domain environment or when fine-tuning wireless roaming for latency-sensitive clients and applications, like VoIP and video.
An understanding of the client settings can certainly be beneficial for simple environments as well, where no manual configuration is required before users can login. You still may want to enable additive security measures and fine-tune other settings.
Though the exact network and 802.1X settings and interfaces vary across the different versions of Windows, most are quite similar between Windows Vista and Windows 8.1. In this article, we show and discuss those in Windows 7.