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Control Panel Applets & Windows Shortcuts

By kimsland
Nov 4, 2008
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  1. Control Panel shortcuts. & Start Run commands

    Note: Not all commands work on all systems (ie Xp Vista)

    To get to Control Panel directly:
    Start->Run-> Control

    Accessibility access.cpl
    Add/Remove Programs appwiz.cpl
    Console console.cpl
    Date and Time timedate.cpl
    Display desk.cpl
    Fax fax.cpl
    Hardware Wizard hdwwiz.cpl
    Infrared Port irprops.cpl
    International and Regional intl.cpl
    Internet Settings inetcpl.cpl
    Joystick joy.cpl
    Licensing liccpa.cpl
    Mouse and Keyboard main.cpl
    Mail mlcfg32.cpl
    Sound & Multimedia mmsys.cpl
    Modem & Phone modem.cpl
    Network and connectivity ncpa.cpl
    Network and Dial-up Connectivity netcpl.cpl
    Netware Client nwc.cpl
    ODBC odbccp32.cpl
    PC Card devapps.cpl
    Ports ports.cpl
    Power Management powercfg.cpl
    Scanner & Camera sticpl.cpl
    Server Management srvmgr.cpl
    Speech Properties sapi.cpl
    System sysdm.cpl
    Telephony telephon.cpl
    TweakUI tweakui.cpl
    User Manager nusrmgr.cpl
    WSP Client wspcpl32.cpl


    Using "Control"

    You may also change to a specific tab in a Control Panel Applet
    As an example:
    This will open System Restore tab in System Properties
    control mmsys.cpl,,4
    This will open the Advanced tab in System Properties
    control sysdm.cpl,,3
    This will just open System Properties:
    control sysdm.cpl



    Using Shell options

    Where these files live in registry:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\]
    and then search for rundll32.exe in the run command

    This is quite good at helping finding exact un-install strings for instance

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Control Panel

    module: CONTROL.EXE

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL
    result: displays all the Control Panel icons in an Explorer view

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Accessibility Properties

    module: ACCESS.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL access.cpl,,5
    result: displays the Accessibility General properties

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL access.cpl,,1
    result: displays the Accessibility Keyboard properties

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL access.cpl,,2
    result: displays the Accessibility Sound properties

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL access.cpl,,3
    result: displays the Accessibility Display properties

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL access.cpl,,4
    result: displays the Accessibility Mouse properties

    ---------------------------------------------------------

    Add New Hardware Wizard

    module: hdwwiz.cpl

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hdwwiz.cpl @1
    result: runs the Add New Hardware wizard

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Add New Printer Wizard

    module: SHELL32.DLL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL AddPrinter
    result: runs the Add New Printer wizard

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Add/Remove Programs Property Page

    module: APPWIZ.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,1
    result: displays the Install/Uninstall tab selected

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,2
    result: displays the Windows Setup tab selected

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,3
    result: displays the Startup Disk tab selected

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Briefcase

    module: SYNCUI.DLL

    command: rundll32.exe syncui.dll,Briefcase_Create
    result: Creates a new Briefcase on the desktop

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Copy Disk Dialog

    module: DISKCOPY.DLL

    command: rundll32.exe diskcopy.dll,DiskCopyRunDll
    result: displays the Copy Disk dialog for removable media

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Create New Shortcut

    module: APPWIZ.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe apwiz.cpl,NewLinkHere %1
    result: Displays the Create New Shortcut dialog. Completing the filename in the dialog creates a shortcut at the location specified by %1

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Date & Time Properties

    module: TIMEDATE.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl,,0
    result: displays Set Date & Time properties tab

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl,,1
    result: displays the Time Zone properties tab

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Dial Up Networking (DUN)

    module: RNAUI.DLL

    command: rundll32.exe rnaui.dll,RnaDial {name of connection to establish}
    result: displays the Connect To dialog for the passed connection. If connected, displays the connection status dialog.

    command: rundll32.exe rnaui.dll,RnaWizard
    result: displays the Dial Up Networking Connection Wizard

    MORE:
    ;Launch a specific Connectiod
    ;Win 95/98
    Run("rundll32.exe"," rnaui.dll,RnaDial {Connectiod}")
    *OR*
    ;Win NT/2000/XP
    Run("rasdial.exe","Connectiod")

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Display Options (Standard Windows Display Property Page*)

    module: DESK.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,0
    result: displays the Background tab selected

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,1
    result: displays the Screen Saver tab selected

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,2
    result: displays the Appearance tab selected

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,3
    result: displays the Settings tab selected

    comments: Note: Your video adapter may install other property pages into DESK.CPL dynamically when selected with its own icon (i.e an ATI or Matrox control panel icon).
    Additionally, it also may invoke its own control panel applet mimicking the Windows display options.

    ---------------------------------------------------

    FindFast

    module: FINDFAST.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL findfast.cpl
    result: displays the Office FindFast control
    panel applet (if installed)

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Fonts

    module: SHELL32.DLL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL FontsFolder
    result: displays the Fonts Folder in Explorer view

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @3
    result: Also displays the Fonts Folder in Explorer view

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Format Drive Dialog (floppy disk only)

    module: SHELL32.DLL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,SHFormatDrive
    result: displays the floppy disk Format Drive dialog.
    Causes the Drive A to be accessed on showing.

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Game Controllers

    module: JOY.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL joy.cpl,,0
    result: displays the Game Controllers General property page

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL joy.cpl,,1
    result: displays the Game Controllers Advanced property page

    ---------------------------------------------------

    HTML

    module: MSHTML.DLL

    command: rundll32.exe mshtml.dll,PrintHTML (HTML doc to print)
    result: sends the passed file to the printer

    ---------------------------------------------------
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Topic Starter Posts: 18,353

    continued..

    Internet Explorer Control Panel

    module: INETCPL.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl
    result: displays Internet Properties, General Tab

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,0
    result: displays Internet Properties, General Tab (same as above)

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,1
    result: displays Internet Properties, Security Tab

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,2
    result: displays Internet Properties, Content Tab

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,3
    result: displays the Internet Control Panel, Connection Tab

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,4
    result: displays the Internet Control Panel, Programs Tab

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,5
    result: displays the Internet Control Panel, Advanced Tab

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Joystick Properties (also see Games)

    module: JOY.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL joy.cpl
    result: displays the Joystick property page

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Mail and Fax Options

    module: MLCFG32.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mlcfg32.cpl
    result: displays the Microsoft Exchange Profiles general property page

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Mail Postoffice Options

    module: WGPOCPL.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL wgpocpl.cpl
    result: displays the Microsoft Postoffice Workgroup Admin property page

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Main Group Options/Properties

    module: MAIN.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @0
    result: displays Mouse Properties

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @1
    result: displays Keyboard Properties, Speed tab

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @1,,1
    result: displays Keyboard Properties, Language tab

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @1,,2
    result: displays Keyboard Properties, General tab

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @2
    result: displays the Printers Folder (including Add Printer)

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @3
    result: displays the Fonts Folder in Explorer view

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @4
    result: displays Power Management Properties

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Modem

    module: MODEM.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL modem.cpl,,add
    result: Runs the Add New Modem wizard

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Multimedia & Sound Properties

    module: MMSYS.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,0
    result: displays the Multimedia/Audio property page

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,1
    result: displays the Multimedia/Video property page

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,2
    result: displays the Multimedia/MIDI property page

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,3
    result: displays the Multimedia/CD Music property page

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,4
    result: displays the Multimedia/Advanced property page

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl @1
    result: displays the Sound Properties page

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Network Properties

    module: NCPA.CPL

    command: RUNDLL32 SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL NCPA.CPL
    result: displays the Networks properties, Configuration tab

    ---------------------------------------------------

    ODBC32 Data Source Administrator

    module: ODBCCP32.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL odbccp32.cpl
    result: displays the ODBC32 Data Source Administrator
    properties dialog

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Open With

    module: SHELL32.DLL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,OpenAs_RunDLL {drive:\path\filename}
    result: displays the application/file "Open With" dialog

    result: passing the full file drive, path and name as a parameter will cause the dialog to display the line "Click the program you want to use to open the file '{filename}'".

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Passwords Properties

    module: PASSWORD.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL password.cpl
    result: displays the Passwords properties, Change Passwords tab

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Power Management Properties

    module: POWERCFG.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL powercfg.cpl
    result: displays the Power Management properties, Power Schemes tab

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Printer

    module: SHELL32.DLL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL PrintersFolder
    result: displays the Printers Folder (including Add Printer)

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @2
    result: Also displays the Printers Folder (including Add Printer)

    ---------------------------------------------------
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Topic Starter Posts: 18,353

    continued

    Regional Settings

    module: INTL.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL intl.cpl,,0
    result: displays the Regional Settings property page

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL intl.cpl,,1
    result: displays the Numbers property page

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL intl.cpl,,2
    result: displays the Currency property page

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL intl.cpl,,3
    result: displays the Time property page

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL intl.cpl,,4
    result: displays the Date property page

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Screen Saver Installation

    module: APPWIZ.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe desk.cpl,InstallScreenSaver c:\windows\system32\sspipes.scr
    result: Installs the new screen saver and runs the display/screen saver preview property page

    ---------------------------------------------------

    System Properties

    module: SYSDM.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,0
    result: displays the General property page

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,1
    result: displays the Device Manager property page

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,2
    result: displays the Hardware Profiles property page

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,3
    result: displays the Performance property page

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Shutdown

    module: USER.EXE

    command: rundll32.exe user.exe,restartwindows
    result: forces Windows to perform a proper shutdown,
    and restart the computer

    command: rundll32.exe user.exe,exitwindows
    result: forces Windows to shutdown, and wait either
    to be turned off, or reset

    ---------------------------------------------------
    Taskbar and Start Menu Properties

    module: n/a

    command: "rundll32.exe" shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 1
    result: displays Taskbar and Start Menu Properties

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Telephony Properties

    module: TELEPHON.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL telephon.cpl users
    result: displays the Dialing Properties dialog

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Themes

    module: THEMES.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL themes.cpl
    result: displays the Themes control panel app (if installed)

    ---------------------------------------------------

    TweakUI

    module: TWEAKUI.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL tweakui.cpl
    result: displays the TweakUI control panel applet (if installed)

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Users Properties (Win98)

    module: INTECPL.CPL

    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl users
    result: displays the Multi-User Settings properties dialog
    (MS Family Networking Login)

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Wireless Wizard
    command: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL NetSetup.cpl,@0,WNSW
    result: runs the Wireless Wizard


    Some MSC Shortcuts (just thought I'd throw in)

    compmgmt.msc Computer management
    devmgmt.msc Device manager
    diskmgmt.msc Disk management
    dfrg.msc Disk defrag
    eventvwr.msc Event viewer
    eventvwr.exe \\computername View the Event Log at a remote computer
    fsmgmt.msc Shared folders
    gpedit.msc Group policies
    lusrmgr.msc Local users and groups
    perfmon.msc Performance monitor
    rsop.msc Resultant set of policies
    secpol.msc Local security settings
    services.msc Various Services

    Enviromentals:

    %ALLUSERSPROFILE% C:\Documents and Settings\All Users
    %APPDATA% C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data
    %CLIENTNAME% Console
    %CommonProgramFiles% C:\Program Files\Common Files
    %COMPUTERNAME% computername
    %ComSpec% C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe
    %HOMEDRIVE% C:
    %HOMEPATH% \Documents and Settings\username
    %ProgramFiles% C:\Program Files
    %SESSIONNAME% Console
    %SystemDrive% C:
    %SystemRoot% C:\WINDOWS
    %TEMP% C:\DOCUME~1\username\LOCALS~1\Temp
    %TMP% C:\DOCUME~1\username\LOCALS~1\Temp
    %USERDOMAIN% Domain Name
    %USERNAME% username
    %USERPROFILE% C:\Documents and Settings\username
    %windir% C:\WINDOWS


    Miscellaneous:

    Create an IPCONFIG text file on your Desktop
    Start --> Run--> cmd /c ipconfig /all >Desktop\ipconfig.txt < ok>

    This works to find install date of Windows
    Start-->Run-->CMD-->enter
    "systeminfo | find /i "install date" -->enter


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