Control Panel Applets and Command Line Launch Options for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Here is a reasonably thorough list of Control Panel command line syntax for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. I wanted to post these for reference in an article I am writing on optimizing your cloud footprint with Windows Server 2012 Minimal Server Interface and Server Core. You will notice in some entries there are two or even three lines in the Command column, indicating there are multiple options

NOTE: These are not available in Windows 2012 Server Core, and  certain CPL (such as Networking) are not available in the Minimal Server Interface option in Windows Server 2012.

Control Panel Applet


Action Center

control /name Microsoft.ActionCenter

control wscui.cpl

Add Features to Windows 8

control /name Microsoft.WindowsAnytimeUpgrade

Administrative Tools

control /name Microsoft.AdministrativeTools

control admintools


control /name Microsoft.AutoPlay

Biometric Devices

control /name Microsoft.BiometricDevices

BitLocker Drive Encryption

control /name Microsoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption

Bluetooth Devices

control bthprops.cpl

Color Management

control /name Microsoft.ColorManagement

Credential Manager

control /name Microsoft.CredentialManager

Date and Time

control /name Microsoft.DateAndTime

control timedate.cpl

control date/time

Default Programs

control /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms

Device Manager

control /name Microsoft.DeviceManager

control hdwwiz.cpl


Devices and Printers

control /name Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters

control printers


control /name Microsoft.Display

Ease of Access Center

control /name Microsoft.EaseOfAccessCenter

control access.cpl

Family Safety

control /name Microsoft.ParentalControls

File History

control /name Microsoft.FileHistory

Flash Player Settings Manager

control flashplayercplapp.cpl

Folder Options

control /name Microsoft.FolderOptions

control folders


control /name Microsoft.Fonts

control fonts

Game Controllers

control /name Microsoft.GameControllers

control joy.cpl

Get Programs

control /name Microsoft.GetPrograms

Home Group

control /name Microsoft.HomeGroup

Indexing Options

control /name Microsoft.IndexingOptions


control /name Microsoft.Infrared

control irprops.cpl

control /name Microsoft.InfraredOptions

Internet Options

control /name Microsoft.InternetOptions

control inetcpl.cpl

iSCSI Initiator

control /name Microsoft.iSCSIInitiator


control /name Microsoft.Keyboard

control keyboard


control /name Microsoft.Language

Location Settings

control /name Microsoft.LocationSettings


control mlcfg32.cpl


control /name Microsoft.Mouse

control main.cpl

control mouse

Network and Sharing Center

control /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter

Network Connections

control ncpa.cpl

control netconnections

Network Setup Wizard

control netsetup.cpl

Notification Area Icons

control /name Microsoft.NotificationAreaIcons

Offline Files

control /name Microsoft.OfflineFiles

Pen and Touch

control /name Microsoft.PenAndTouch

control tabletpc.cpl

Performance Information and Tools

control /name Microsoft.PerformanceInformationAndTools


control /name Microsoft.Personalization

control desktop

Phone and Modem

control /name Microsoft.PhoneAndModem

control telephon.cpl

Power Options

control /name Microsoft.PowerOptions

control powercfg.cpl

Printers and Faxes

control printers

Programs and Features

control /name Microsoft.ProgramsAndFeatures

control appwiz.cpl


control /name Microsoft.Recovery


control /name Microsoft.RegionAndLanguage

control intl.cpl

control international

RemoteApp and Desktop Connections

control /name Microsoft.RemoteAppAndDesktopConnections

Scanners and Cameras

control /name Microsoft.ScannersAndCameras

Screen Resolution

control desk.cpl


control /name Microsoft.Sound

control mmsys.cpl

Speech Recognition

control /name Microsoft.SpeechRecognition

Storage Spaces

control /name Microsoft.StorageSpaces

Sync Center

control /name Microsoft.SyncCenter


control /name Microsoft.System

System Properties

control sysdm.cpl

Tablet PC Settings

control /name Microsoft.TabletPCSettings

Task Scheduler

control schedtasks


control /name Microsoft.Taskbar

rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL

Taskbar and Start Menu

control /name Microsoft.TaskbarAndStartMenu

rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL

Text to Speech

control /name Microsoft.TextToSpeech


control /name Microsoft.Troubleshooting

User Accounts

control /name Microsoft.UserAccounts

control userpasswords

Windows 7 File Recovery

control /name Microsoft.BackupAndRestore

Windows Anytime Upgrade

control /name Microsoft.WindowsAnytimeUpgrade

Windows CardSpace

control /name Microsoft.CardSpace

control infocardcpl.cpl

Windows Defender

control /name Microsoft.WindowsDefender

Windows Firewall

control /name Microsoft.WindowsFirewall

control firewall.cpl

Windows Mobility Center

control /name Microsoft.MobilityCenter

Windows Sidebar Properties

control /name Microsoft.WindowsSidebarProperties

Windows SideShow

control /name Microsoft.WindowsSideShow

Windows Update

control /name Microsoft.WindowsUpdate

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