Control Panel Quick Commands

I’d like to Credit Tim Fisher who compiled this list and wrote this article over at Lifewire.


Control Panel Command Line Commands in Windows

Control Panel Applet Command OS Version
Accessibility Options control access.cpl XP
Action Center control /name Microsoft.ActionCenter 8, 7
control wscui.cpl 8, 7
Add Features to Windows 8 control /name Microsoft.WindowsAnytimeUpgrade 8
Add Hardware control /name Microsoft.AddHardware Vista
control hdwwiz.cpl XP
Add or Remove Programs control appwiz.cpl XP
Administrative Tools control /name Microsoft.AdministrativeTools 8, 7, Vista
control admintools 8, 7, Vista, XP
Automatic Updates control wuaucpl.cpl XP
AutoPlay control /name Microsoft.AutoPlay 8, 7, Vista
Backup and Restore Center control /name Microsoft.BackupAndRestoreCenter Vista
Backup and Restore control /name Microsoft.BackupAndRestore 7
Biometric Devices control /name Microsoft.BiometricDevices 8, 7
BitLocker Drive Encryption control /name Microsoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption 8, 7, Vista
Bluetooth Devices control bthprops.cpl13 8, 7, Vista
control /name Microsoft.BluetoothDevices Vista
Color Management control /name Microsoft.ColorManagement 8, 7, Vista
Color1 WinColor.exe2 XP
Credential Manager control /name Microsoft.CredentialManager 8, 7
Client Service for NetWare control nwc.cpl XP
Date and Time control /name Microsoft.DateAndTime 8, 7, Vista
control timedate.cpl 8, 7, Vista
control date/time 8, 7, Vista, XP
Default Location control /name Microsoft.DefaultLocation 7
Default Programs control /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms 8, 7, Vista
Desktop Gadgets control /name Microsoft.DesktopGadgets 7
Device Manager control /name Microsoft.DeviceManager 8, 7, Vista
control hdwwiz.cpl 8, 7, Vista
devmgmt.msc 8, 7, Vista, XP3
Devices and Printers control /name Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters 8, 7
control printers 8, 7
Display control /name Microsoft.Display 8, 7
control desk.cpl XP
control desktop XP
Ease of Access Center control /name Microsoft.EaseOfAccessCenter 8, 7, Vista
control access.cpl 8, 7, Vista
Family Safety control /name Microsoft.ParentalControls 8
File History control /name Microsoft.FileHistory 8
Flash Player Settings Manager control flashplayercplapp.cpl 8
Folder Options control /name Microsoft.FolderOptions 8, 7, Vista
control folders 8, 7, Vista, XP
Fonts control /name Microsoft.Fonts 8, 7, Vista
control fonts 8, 7, Vista, XP
Game Controllers control /name Microsoft.GameControllers 8, 7, Vista
control joy.cpl 8, 7, Vista, XP
Get Programs control /name Microsoft.GetPrograms 8, 7, Vista
Getting Started control /name Microsoft.GettingStarted 7
Home Group control /name Microsoft.HomeGroup 8, 7
Indexing Options control /name Microsoft.IndexingOptions 8, 7, Vista
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL srchadmin.dll 8, 7, Vista, XP
Infrared control /name Microsoft.Infrared 8, 7
control irprops.cpl 8, 7, Vista
control /name Microsoft.InfraredOptions Vista
Internet Options control /name Microsoft.InternetOptions 8, 7, Vista
control inetcpl.cpl 8, 7, Vista, XP
iSCSI Initiator control /name Microsoft.iSCSIInitiator 8, 7, Vista
Keyboard control /name Microsoft.Keyboard 8, 7, Vista
control keyboard 8, 7, Vista, XP
Language control /name Microsoft.Language 8
Location and Other Sensors control /name Microsoft.LocationAndOtherSensors 7
Location Settings control /name Microsoft.LocationSettings 8
Mail4 control mlcfg32.cpl5 8, 7, Vista, XP
Mouse control /name Microsoft.Mouse 8, 7, Vista
control main.cpl 8, 7, Vista
control mouse 8, 7, Vista, XP
Network and Sharing Center control /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter 8, 7, Vista
Network Connections control ncpa.cpl 8, 7, Vista
control netconnections 8, 7, Vista, XP
Network Setup Wizard control netsetup.cpl 8, 7, Vista, XP
Notification Area Icons control /name Microsoft.NotificationAreaIcons 8, 7
ODBC Data Source Administrator control odbccp32.cpl XP6
Offline Files control /name Microsoft.OfflineFiles 8, 7, Vista
Parental Controls control /name Microsoft.ParentalControls 7, Vista
Pen and Input Devices control /name Microsoft.PenAndInputDevices Vista
control tabletpc.cpl Vista
Pen and Touch control /name Microsoft.PenAndTouch 8, 7
control tabletpc.cpl 8, 7
People Near Me control /name Microsoft.PeopleNearMe 7, Vista
control collab.cpl 7, Vista
Performance Information and Tools control /name Microsoft.PerformanceInformationAndTools 8, 7, Vista
Personalization control /name Microsoft.Personalization 8, 7, Vista
control desktop 8, 7, Vista
Phone and Modem Options control /name Microsoft.PhoneAndModemOptions Vista
control telephon.cpl Vista, XP
Phone and Modem control /name Microsoft.PhoneAndModem 8, 7
control telephon.cpl 8, 7
Power Options control /name Microsoft.PowerOptions 8, 7, Vista
control powercfg.cpl 8, 7, Vista, XP
Printers and Faxes control printers XP
Printers control /name Microsoft.Printers Vista
control printers Vista
Problem Reports and Solutions control /name Microsoft.ProblemReportsAndSolutions Vista
Programs and Features control /name Microsoft.ProgramsAndFeatures 8, 7, Vista
control appwiz.cpl 8, 7, Vista
Recovery control /name Microsoft.Recovery 8, 7
Region control /name Microsoft.RegionAndLanguage 8
control intl.cpl 8
control international 8
Region and Language control /name Microsoft.RegionAndLanguage 7
control intl.cpl 7
control international 7
Regional and Language Options control /name Microsoft.RegionalAndLanguageOptions Vista
control intl.cpl Vista
control international Vista, XP
RemoteApp and Desktop Connections control /name Microsoft.RemoteAppAndDesktopConnections 8, 7
Scanners and Cameras control /name Microsoft.ScannersAndCameras 8, 7, Vista
control sticpl.cpl XP
Scheduled Tasks control schedtasks XP7
Screen Resolution control desk.cpl 8, 7
Security Center control /name Microsoft.SecurityCenter Vista
control wscui.cpl XP
Software Explorers8 msascui.exe9 XP
Sound control /name Microsoft.Sound 8, 7
control /name Microsoft.AudioDevicesAndSoundThemes Vista
control mmsys.cpl 8, 7, Vista
Sounds and Audio Devices control mmsys.cpl XP
Speech Recognition Options control /name Microsoft.SpeechRecognitionOptions Vista
Speech Recognition control /name Microsoft.SpeechRecognition 8, 7
Speech control sapi.cpl10 XP
Storage Spaces control /name Microsoft.StorageSpaces 8
Sync Center control /name Microsoft.SyncCenter 8, 7, Vista
System control /name Microsoft.System 8, 7, Vista
control sysdm.cpl XP
System Properties control sysdm.cpl 8, 7, Vista
Tablet PC Settings control /name Microsoft.TabletPCSettings 8, 7, Vista
Task Scheduler7 control schedtasks 8, 7, Vista
Taskbar control /name Microsoft.Taskbar 8
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 1 8
Taskbar and Start Menu control /name Microsoft.TaskbarAndStartMenu 7, Vista
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 1 7, Vista, XP
Text to Speech control /name Microsoft.TextToSpeech 8, 7, Vista
Troubleshooting control /name Microsoft.Troubleshooting 8, 7
User Accounts control /name Microsoft.UserAccounts 8, 7, Vista
control userpasswords 8, 7, Vista, XP
Welcome Center control /name Microsoft.WelcomeCenter Vista
Windows 7 File Recovery control /name Microsoft.BackupAndRestore 8
Windows Anytime Upgrade control /name Microsoft.WindowsAnytimeUpgrade 7, Vista
Windows CardSpace control /name Microsoft.CardSpace 7, Vista
control infocardcpl.cpl 7, Vista
Windows Defender control /name Microsoft.WindowsDefender 8, 7, Vista11
Windows Firewall control /name Microsoft.WindowsFirewall 8, 7, Vista
control firewall.cpl 8, 7, Vista, XP
Windows Marketplace control /name Microsoft.GetProgramsOnline Vista
Windows Mobility Center control /name Microsoft.MobilityCenter 8, 7, Vista
Windows Sidebar Properties control /name Microsoft.WindowsSidebarProperties Vista
Windows SideShow control /name Microsoft.WindowsSideShow 8,7, Vista
Windows Update control /name Microsoft.WindowsUpdate 8, 7, Vista12
Wireless Link control irprops.cpl XP
Wireless Network Setup Wizard ? XP

[1] Color is not available by default but is available for free from Microsoft here.

[2] WinColor.exe must be run from the C:\Program Files\Pro Imaging Powertoys\Microsoft Color Control Panel Applet for Windows XP folder.

[3] I’ve listed Device Manager here because it’s such a commonly used feature of Windows but please know that it is not a true Control Panel applet in Windows XP. See How To Open Windows XP Device Manager for more information.

[4] The Mail applet is only available if a version of Microsoft Office Outlook is installed.

[5] The control mlcfg32.cpl command must be run from the C:\Programs Files\Microsoft Office\OfficeXX folder, replacing OfficeXX with the folder pertaining to the Microsoft Office version you have installed.

[6] ODBC Data Source Administrator was removed from Control Panel after Windows XP but is still available from Administrative Tools.

[7] In Windows 8, 7, and Vista, task scheduling is performed by Task Scheduler which is not directly accessible from Control Panel. However, executing this command in those versions of Windows will forward to Task Scheduler.

[8] Software Explorers is the name for the Control Panel applet for Windows Defender, available for free from Microsoft here as part of Microsoft Security Essentials.

[9] Msascui.exe must be run from the C:\Program Files\Windows Defender folder.

[10] The control sapi.cpl command must be run from the C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Speech folder.

[11] Windows Defender is available in Windows XP but the Control Panel applet is instead called Software Explorers.

[12] Windows Update is also used in Windows XP but only via the Windows Update website, not via a Control Panel applet like in later versions of Windows.

[13] In Windows 8, bthprops.cpl opens Devices in PC Settings which will list any Bluetooth Devices. In Windows 7, bthprops.cpl opens athe Bluetooth Devices list under Devices and Printers. In Windows Vista, bthprops.cpl opens a true Control Panel applet called Bluetooth Devices.


Quickly produce a list of long file path names.

Here is a quick and easy way to produce a list of long path names from a PS prompt. dir has severation options. File is output in current path as txt file (no sorting).

  1. Run PowerShell (As Admin)
  2. Navigate to folder like C:\Users\Daniel
  3. Run the below

Longer than 260 Characters

cmd /c dir /s /b |? {$_.length -gt 260} > longfilenames.txt

Longer than 150 Characters

cmd /c dir /s /b |? {$_.length -gt 150} > longfilenames.txt

Run Command Cheat list

 mstsc - remote desktop
 msconfig - startup and system.ini config
 dxdiag - DirectX config/test
 cmd - command prompt
 control - \control panel
 cleanmgr - disk clean up utility
 Control desktop - display control panel
 eventvwr.msc - event viwwer
 control netconnections - network connections
 regedit - regedit
 taskmgr - task manager
 dcpromo - Active directory
 gpedit.msc - group policy editor

Full MSI Syntax Options for windows installer

Full MSI syntax options


msiexec /Option <Required Parameter> [Optional Parameter]

Install Options
</package | /i> <Product.msi>
Installs or configures a product
/a <Product.msi>
Administrative install – Installs a product on the network
/j<u|m> <Product.msi> [/t <Transform List>] [/g <Language ID>]
Advertises a product – m to all users, u to current user
</uninstall | /x> <Product.msi | ProductCode>
Uninstalls the product

Display Options
Quiet mode, no user interaction
Unattended mode – progress bar only
Sets user interface level
n – No UI
b – Basic UI
r – Reduced UI
f – Full UI (default)
Help information
Restart Options
Do not restart after the installation is complete
Prompts the user for restart if necessary
Always restart the computer after installation
Logging Options
/l[i|w|e|a|r|u|c|m|o|p|v|x|+|!|*] <LogFile>
i – Status messages
w – Nonfatal warnings
e – All error messages
a – Start up of actions
r – Action-specific records
u – User requests
c – Initial UI parameters
m – Out-of-memory or fatal exit information
o – Out-of-disk-space messages
p – Terminal properties
v – Verbose output
x – Extra debugging information
+ – Append to existing log file
! – Flush each line to the log
* – Log all information, except for v and x options
/log <LogFile>
Equivalent of /l* <LogFile>

Update Options
/update <Update1.msp>[;Update2.msp]
Applies update(s)
/uninstall <PatchCodeGuid>[;Update2.msp] /package <Product.msi | ProductCode>
Remove update(s) for a product

Repair Options
/f[p|e|c|m|s|o|d|a|u|v] <Product.msi | ProductCode>
Repairs a product
p – only if file is missing
o – if file is missing or an older version is installed (default)
e – if file is missing or an equal or older version is installed
d – if file is missing or a different version is installed
c – if file is missing or checksum does not match the calculated value
a – forces all files to be reinstalled
u – all required user-specific registry entries (default)
m – all required computer-specific registry entries (default)
s – all existing shortcuts (default)
v – runs from source and recaches local package

Setting Public Properties

How to convert install.esd to install.wim for WDS

So you need to make an install.wim for WDS from the ISO / Media

Important. Before you start, make sure that your machine has Windows ADK installation. and run all commands elevated as CMD(Administrator)

First, lets get info from ESD file to check available images.

These are usually indexed so you can build specific images for the different SKUs of Windows, Pro, Home, Single Language, Education.

In the path of the Windows installation media e.g.

dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:install.esd

Now we can build the image, this can take a while as the image is typically 2-3GB

dism /export-image /SourceImageFile:install.esd /SourceIndex:1 /DestinationImageFile:install.wim /Compress:max /CheckIntegrity