I know running it opens up Advanced System Properties but unlike most Microsoft commands that have a logic to the name I can't figure out what this one stands for.

Does anybody know what the dm in sysdm.cpl stands for?

  • I believe that DM stands for Device Manager. Aug 18, 2016 at 17:14
  • Some think its system admin.
    – Cosco Tech
    Aug 18, 2016 at 17:15

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Whilst I cannot provide a source, I would assume it stands for System Device Manager.

The Device Manager has a menu of its own now, however in older versions of Windows the System properties menu had far fewer features and the Device Manager had a tab of its own within the properties menu rather than its own menu.

Windows 98 properties menu's device manager tab:

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