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Run Control Panel applets with elevated permissions

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Sometimes, you want to launch a Control Panel applet with elevated permissions. Normally, you would right-click the program you want, and select to run as an administrator. However, the control panel applets don’t give you that option, and so we need to go deeper.

As it turns out, the Control Panel applets are all located at C:\Windows\System32, and denoted by the .cpl file type. Simply right-click the one you want, and off you go. Alternatively, you can open an elevated command prompt, and run the command command applet.cpl, where applet.cpl is the name of the applet you want to run. What are those names, you ask? Here you go:

   Control panel tool             Command
   -----------------------------------------------------------------
   Add/Remove Programs            control appwiz.cpl
   Date/Time Properties           control timedate.cpl
   Display Properties             control desk.cpl
   Fonts Folder                   control fonts
   Internet Properties            control inetcpl.cpl
   Keyboard Properties            control main.cpl keyboard
   Mouse Properties               control main.cpl
   Multimedia Properties          control mmsys.cpl
   Network Properties             control netcpl.cpl
   Password Properties            control password.cpl
   Printers Folder                control printers
   Regional Settings              control intl.cpl
   Sound Properties               control mmsys.cpl sounds
   System Properties              control sysdm.cpl

Note that this list is in no way exhaustive, but it should do for most applications

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