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Run command for Control panel

Control panel shows links to various configuration utilities, which are handy for administrators for computer maintenance. Run command to open control panel is ‘control’.

Open control panel from Run

You can follow the below steps to open control panel from Run window.

  1. Open Run window from Start menu. Alternatively, you can press the shortcut key combinations [Windows]+[R]
  2. Type in control and press enter.

Run command for control panel

This works on all Windows editions – Windows 7, Windows 7 and Server 2008, Server 2012 editions.

Run Control panel as administrator

We can use runas command to launch any program with a different user credentials. If you need to run control panel with administrator privileges, use the below command. We can run this either from Run window or from command prompt. In both the cases you would be prompted for administrator’s password.

runas /user:administrator control


C:\runas /user:administrator control
Enter the password for administrator:
Attempting to start control as user "MYPC\administrator" ...

It opens up control panel window after printing the above message.

17 comments… add one
  • SgtBouz

    Finally! Been looking for this for a month or so.
    Best reference site ever I must say.

    • santaklaus

      I like this site too.

  • alex

    I just checked that running ‘control panel’ also opens it up the same way. Though just running ‘control’ is fast and simple to remember.

  • zeek

    but what if I want to DIRECTLY open something in the Control Panel,
    such as Internet Options.
    Do I type
    control panelinternet options
    doesn’t seem to do what I want.

    • admin

      ‘inetcpl.cpl’ does this.

    • Kris256

      As the admin said inetcpl.cpl will do that.
      Others that could be useful are
      ncpa.cpl (Network connections)
      appwiz.cpl (add/remove programs)
      main.cpl (Mouse Properties)
      sysdm.cpl (System Properties)
      mmsys.cpl (Sound Properties)
      timedate.cpl (Time/date)
      powercfg.cpl (Power settings)
      desk.cpl (display properties / resolution)
      firewall.cpl (Firewall settings)
      wscui.cpl (Action center)

    • Alex K

      there are run command for them, I don’t recall network off the top of my head, but devices and printers is “control printers”

  • Kshitij Varshney

    Sorry, this command doesn’t works anymore….when it asks for password of administrator; it does not types anything…..it shows:

    RUNAS ERROR: Unable to run – cmd
    1327: Logon failure: user account restriction. Possible reasons are blank passwords not allowed, logon hour restrictions, or a policy restriction has been enforced.

    • admin

      Looks like there could be a policy applied by admin of the system to not allow users run this command. Also it does not show anything when you type in the password, not even ‘*’s and the cursor stays at the same position.

  • dinesh00007

    how to open control panel and use it from control prompt by using dos commands please tell me

  • shahid

    very well, working Perfect. just want to add if you are under domain then you can write like that:

    normel PC
    runas /user:administrator control
    Domain PC
    runas /user:domainnameshahid control

  • manoj

    not working on windows 10 pro

  • les

    I have one question. I want to run as administrator with full control of it desktop. what is command line ?

    Thank for your sharing.

  • David

    This command was over ridden by our domain group policy, which prevents users from seeing all applets. I’m a network admin. How can I get around the group policy? Thanks

    • Srini

      I don’t think it would be possible to override the group policy. If it was restricting you to open control panel, I understand you would not be able to see those links to different tools/consoles. However as you probably know, you can open the application you need with direct run command.

  • Karthick

    Dear admin, I disabled the administrator and all the users in my windows xp professional, by mistake. Now I unable to login I’m my system. None of the user was displayed in the screen. Kindly help me to fix this problem.

    • Srini

      Reinstalling windows with the option of keeping all user data is the only option I can think of.

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