Accessing Classic Control Panel Windows 10/11

Run + ‘sysdm.cpl’

Run + ‘sysdm.cpl’ bypasses new windows 10/11 settings to take you straight to the classic control panel for user profiles.

There are several more good ones like ‘ncpa.cpl’ for network, or ‘appwiz.cpl’ for applications, and I imagine these will be required knowledge for admins moving forward with the new windows 11 settings that are increasingly difficult to navigate.

Lusrmgr.msc is also useful. Gets you to the local user accounts.


Accessibility Options control – access.cpl
Add New Hardware – control sysdm.cpl
Add/Remove Programs – appwiz.cpl
Date/Time Properties – timedate.cpl
Display Properties – desk.cpl
FindFast control – findfast.cpl

Fonts Folder control
Internet Properties – inetcpl.cpl
Joystick Properties – joy.cpl
Keyboard Properties – main.cpl keyboard
Microsoft Exchange – mlcfg32.cpl
(or Windows Messaging)
Microsoft Mail Post Office – wgpocpl.cpl
Modem Properties – modem.cpl
Mouse Properties – main.cpl
Multimedia Properties – mmsys.cpl
Network Properties – netcpl.cpl
-NOTE: In Windows NT 4.0, Network
properties is Ncpa.cpl, not Netcpl.cpl

Password Properties – password.cpl
PC Card – main.cpl pc card (PCMCIA)
Power Management (Windows 95) – main.cpl power
Power Management (Windows 98) – powercfg.cpl
Printers Folder – printers
Regional Settings – intl.cpl
Scanners and Cameras – sticpl.cpl
Sound Properties – control mmsys.cpl sounds
System Properties – control sysdm.cpl

Open C:\Windows\system32 and put *.cpl in the search box. It will show you all the cool shit you can do from the run dialog.

Edit: .msc and .mmc are also worth a poke

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