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I was wondering what's the direct way to go straight to the screen at Control Panel >> System:

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For example, to go straight to Advanced System Settings, I could simply open C:\Windows\System32\SystemPropertiesAdvanced.exe.

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Well, there is a keyboard shortcut that should be direct enough.

Windows + Pause/Break

Or you could go to the context menu of (right-click) 'Computer' and click 'Properties'.

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To be frank, this is not what I'm looking for. I'm not looking for a shortcut, but the direct way to do it. The lowest layer I mean. Stuff like Windows + Pause/Break is just not going to work across all versions of Windows. –  Pacerier Oct 12 '11 at 14:07
    
For example, go System32\SystemPropertiesAdvanced.exe is an instruction that will work across all windows. Regardless of what display settings the user has. –  Pacerier Oct 12 '11 at 14:08
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You can use the control utility with the appropriate cpl.

control sysdm.cpl

Here is a list of the control panel applications with their corresponding cpl file.
And here is Microsoft documentation on it which also explains how to show a particular tab after opening the window.

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I think you are misunderstanding it, control sysdm.cpl doesn't open the window as shown in the question. It opens the window that i'm citing as an example.. Btw I was trying to find the file path for control panel but couldn't do so.. do you know what's the file path for control panel? –  Pacerier Oct 12 '11 at 15:18
    
For the control panel just run control without any arguments. Otherwise sorry for the wrong cpl file, I'm on Windows XP right now so I can't test. But as soon as I get on my Windows 7 pc I'll try and tell you. –  qwertzguy Oct 12 '11 at 16:06
    
No you are right control is working but I wanted it to point to control >> System and Maintenance >> System –  Pacerier Oct 12 '11 at 16:33
    
I'm sorry I still couldn't try on Win 7 yet. Try control sysdm.cpl,,3 and try with different numbers at the end, it should be one of them. –  qwertzguy Oct 13 '11 at 7:37
    
They aren't working I've tried sysdm.cpl,,0 to sysdm.cpl,,6. Btw I'm vista –  Pacerier Oct 13 '11 at 9:01
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