SCCM and Windows Command Line Shortcut to Launch Control Panel Tools Applets via CPL files

Each tool or applet in Control Panel is represented by a .cpl file. We can launch the these tools either using .CPL file name from command prompt or commands similar to control /name <Name Of the Applet>. For example, to  launch the windows update applet from command prompt use “control /name Microsoft.WindowsUpdate” command. In this post, I’m going provide list of CPL files and commands through which we can directly launch control panel tools or applets. These commands .CPL files can be used for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 operating systems.  This list could be very useful in case if you want to use for scripting. This command line options are very helpful for the automation of ConfigMgr / SCCM scripts or Group policies.

Control smscfgrc – Command Line Shortcut to launch Configuration Manager SCCM Control Panel Applet



control SMSRAP – Command Line Shortcut to Launch Configuration Manager SCCM Run Advertised Programs (RAP) Canonical names of SCCM RAP

COnfigmgr RAP


control SMSPDM – Command Line Shortcut to launch Configuration Manager SCCM Program Download Manager (PDM) 

COnfigmgr PDM

AppWiz.cpl – Command Line  Shortcut for launching Add Remove Programs – Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features



BthProps.cpl – Command Line Shortcut for launching Bluetooth Devices – Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Devices and Printers\Bluetooth Devices



CollAb.cpl – Command Line Shortcut to change your profile picture via People Near Me (Only for Windows 7 and below)


 DESK.cpl – Command Line Shortcut to change Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Display\Screen Resolution 



 FireWall.cpl – Command Line Shortcut to change Windows FireWall settings – Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Windows Firewall


FlashPlayerCPLApp.cpl – Command Line  Shortcut to Flash Player Settings Manager – It’s not working from Command prompt for me


 HdwWiz.cpl – Command Line Shortcut for launching Device Manager


 Igfxcpl.CPL – Command Line Shortcut to launch Intel Graphics and Media Control Panel 


 Inetcpl.CPL – Command Line Shortcut to launch internet properties 


 Intl.CPL – Command Line Shortcut to launch Regional Setting – Region and Language Setting – Location, Keyboards etc..


 Irprops.CPL – Command Line  Shortcut to launch Infrared Port Properties

Joy.cpl – Shortcut to launch Game Controllers – Joystick Properties


 Main.cpl – Command Line Shortcut to launch Mouse properties


 MLCFG32.CPL – Command Line Shortcut to Launch Mail Setup – Outlook – It won’t work from command prompt as this CPL file is located at program files folder


mmsys.CPL – Command Line Shortcut to launch Sound properties


ncpa.CPL – Command Line Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network Connections – Shortcut to Network connections


 powercfg.CPL – Command Line Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Power Options – Shortcut to launch Power Plan Configuration


RTSnMg64.CPL – Command Line Shortcut to launch Realtek Audio Manager

‘RTSnMg64.CPL‘ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.


S32LUCP2.CPL – Command Line Shortcut to Launch Symantec Live Update Configuration – it won’t get launched from from Default command prompt

ERROR message ‘S32LUCP2.cpl’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.


 sapi.CPL – Command Line Shortcut to launch Speech Properties  – it won’t get launched from from Default command prompt

ERROR message ‘sapi.cpl’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.


 sysdm.CPL – Shortcut to launch System Properties and change the computer name


TabletPC.cpl – Shortcut to launch Tablet PC -Pen, Touch, Handwriting and Flicks configurations


Telephon.CPL -Shortcut to launch Location Information and telephone configuration in OLD times :)


TimeDate.cpl – Shortcut to launch Time and Date, Additional Clocks, Internet Time Configurations


Wscui.cpl – Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Action Center – Shortcut to launch Action Center


 control /name Microsoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption – Shortcut to the configuration of BIT Locker Encryption

Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\BitLocker Drive Encryption

Bit Locker Encryption

 control admintools – Shortcut to launch Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Administrative Tools 

Admin Tools

control /name Microsoft.AutoPlay – Shortcut to launch Auto Play – Choose what happens when you insert each type of media or device – Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\AutoPlay


 control /name Microsoft.ColorManagement – Shortcut to launch color Management

Color Management

control /name Microsoft.CredentialManager – Shortcut to launch Credential Manager – This view and delete your logon information. – Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Credential Manager

Credential Manager

control /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms – Shortcut to Launch Default program – Choose the default programs which is used by Windows – Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Default Programs

Default Programs

 control printers – Shortcut to launch printers – Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Devices and Printers


control schedtasks – Shortcut to launch Task Scheduler

Task Sheduler

control /name Microsoft.WindowsUpdate – Shortcut Launch  Windows Update – Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Windows Update

Windows Update

control userpasswords – Shortcut to launch User Account management – Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\User Accounts

User Account



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