Control Panel Command Line

Running MS Settings, Control Panel, Windows Administrative Tools, and GodMode from the command line. This is useful if you run your computer as a standard user.

Standard User vs Administrative User

I run my computers as a standard user. And with the latest creators update if I right click on 'This PC' and select 'Manage' it no longer works properly. It doesn't give me administrative rights. And not all tools in the start menu have the right click option to run as Administrator. Plus I like command line tools anyway. Not that these are true command line tools as they simply launch a GUI window. This chart includes the control panel sub-windows. And it includes a few other tools. This MS post has the official documentation about running control panel from the command line.

You first need to launch the command line, or powershell, as an administrative user. Click on the 'Windows Logo' (aka the start button)  in the taskbar and then type 'cmd'. Right click on that application and select 'Ru as administrator'.  You can also launch Powershell and right click on that and run it as administrator.

The Command Line Tools

As stated above you need to be running the command line or powershell as an administrative user. Most of these commands may be run without typing 'control'. Not all commands will work on every computer. It will depend on your environment. The second chart shows other useful tools.

This document does not cover computers in Active Directory.

Control Panel Tool Command
Control Panel control panel
Accessibility Options control access.cpl
Add New Hardware control sysdm.cpl add new hardware
Add/Remove Programs control appwiz.cpl
Date/Time Properties control timedate.cpl
Display Properties control desk.cpl
FindFast control findfast.cpl
Fonts Folder control fonts
Internet Properties control inetcpl.cpl
Joystick Properties control joy.cpl
Keyboard Properties control main.cpl keyboard
Microsoft Exchange control mlcfg32.cpl
Microsoft Mail Post Office control wgpoclp.cpl
Modem Properties control modem.cpl
Mouse Properties control main.cpl
Multimedia Properties control mmsys.cpl
Network Properties control ncpa.cpl
(OLD control netcpl.cpl)
Password Properties control password.cpl
PC Card control main.cpl pc card (PCMCIA)
Power Management control powercfg.cpl
(OLD control main.cpl power)
Printers Folder control printers
Regional Settings control intl.cpl
Scanners and Cameras control sticpl.cpl
Sound Properties control mmsys.cpl sounds
System Properties control sysdm.cpl

Other Useful Tools

This is how to launch the new MS Settings application and most of the Windows Administrative Tools from the command line.

Other Useful Tools Command
Windows 10 Settings start ms-settings:
(Powershell Start-Process "ms-settings:"
Computer Management compmgmt.msc
Disk Management diskmgmt.msc
Event Viewer eventvwr.msc
Device Manager devmgmt.msc
Services & Applications services.msc
Local Group Policy Editor gpedit.msc
MMC (Management Console) mmc
Component Services dcomcnfg
Disk Cleanup C:\windows\SYSTEM32\cleanmgr.exe /d{DRIVELETTER}
System Configuration msconfig
System Information msinfo32
Task Scheduler taskschd.msc
Windows Firewall wf.msc


You can launch the GodMode folder as a standard user by running the following command.

explorer.exe shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Create a little BAT file and you can run that anytime you desire.

If you are running as an Administrative user create a new folder and give it the following name.