Launching Control Panel Apps from the Command Line

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 8 Feb. 2006 / Last Updated on 8 Feb. 2006]

How to launch Control Panel apps from the command line

In a previous tip I listed the .msc files for different admin tools so you could easily access them from the command line if needed. This can be particularly useful if you normally log on to your admin workstation using a limited account and use Runas to perform admin tasks.

You can also launch Control Panel apps from the command line, and here's a list of .cpl files for your reference that you can print out and paste on the wall beside your workstation until you've memoried the ones you use most commonly:

Accessibility Options
 access.cpl

Add/Remove Programs
 appwiz.cpl

Add Hardware Wizard
 hdwwiz.cpl

Automatic Updates
 wuaucpl.cpl
 
Bluetooth Properties
 bthprops.cpl
 
Display Properties
 desk.cpl
 
Firewall Properties
 firewall.cpl
 
Game Controllers
 joy.cpl
 
Internet Options
 inetcpl.cpl

iSCSI Initiator
 iscsicpl.cpl
 
Java Control Panel
 jpicpl32.cpl
  
Licensing Mode
 liccpa.cpl
 
Mouse Properties
 main.cpl
 
Network Connections
 ncpa.cpl

Network Setup Wizard
 netsetup.cpl
 
ODBC Properties
 odbccp32.cpl
 
Power Options
 powercfg.cpl
 
Regional and Language Options
 intl.cpl
 
Sound and Audio Devices
 mmsys.cpl

Stored Passwords
 keymgr.cpl

System Properties
 sysdm.cpl
 
Telephone and Modem Properties
 telephon.cpl

Time and Date Settings
 timedate.cpl
 
User Accounts nusrmgr.cpl
 
Windows Security Center
 wscui.cpl

Wireless Link
 irprops.cpl

Cheers,
Mitch Tulloch
www.mtit.com/mitch/

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