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Good Morning AskPerf! Blake Morrison here once again with a quick note on some new ways to do familiar Control Panel tasks. Prior to Windows Vista, if you wanted to launch a Control Panel applet using command-line syntax, you could simply invoke the .CPL file either by using the control <applet name> syntax or just by typing in the name of the .CPL file in the Run line – for example, sysdm.cpl launches the System Properties applet.
In Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, some of these .CPL modules have been replaced by executable files. The result of this is that standard users are prompted for credentials when trying to launch these executables. Options that do not require extra security can be accessed using the same command-line syntax used in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Below is a list of commands used in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 to access specific Control Panel tabs.
Programs and Features
Regional and Language Options
Note that there is no canonical command for the Advanced Settings page, it is accessed in the older manner: %windir%\system32\control.exe powercfg.cpl,,3
As I said, just a quick post for today – take care!
- Blake Morrison