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The Control Panel is the location for users of Windows to modify system settings.

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How to open appwiz.cpl with a preconfigured search input?

As part of my job I install a suite of software, and frequently find myself uninstalling one element or another to test latest versions. Each of the programs is installed under a different name, but ...
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Why is Main.cpl called Main?

Type main into PowerShell, and it opens the mouse settings from Control Panel. This is because: > gcm main CommandType Name Version Source ----------- ---- ------- ---...
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How to make vEthernet (Default Switch) appear in Network Connections of Control Panel again?

In my Windows 11 machine I do not see the vEthernet (Default Switch) shown in the Network Connections of the Control Center (Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections) or Settings (...
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How to pin to taskbar specific Control Panel function, for example Edit Power Plan?

I would like to pin some Control Panel functions to the Taskbar. I did it for example with "Sounds" via creating a shortcut for %SystemRoot%\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL &...
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LetsEncrypt certificate (generated thru Vesta CP) does not work for subdomain at Centos 7

1 ) Add cert I've added up a SSL certificate for a subdomain sm.webscraping.pro (VPS, Centos 7) at VestaCP using Lets Encrypt support option, see below: 2 ) Files The certificate files are in the ...
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How do I make the icon in the taskbar the same as the desktop shortcut icon in windows 10?

I have a shortcut on my Windows 10 desktop for Ease of Access center, which I created by dragging the ease of access icon (1 in the attached image) on the desktop (2). But when I open ease of access ...
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Windows 10 Font folder displaying as files instead of fonts

I do not know why but opening C:\Windows\Fonts leads to this view: when I know I should be getting this: Is there something wrong with my Windows 10 install? I just did a fresh installation ...
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Why Control Panel and Settings and related apps like Device Manager not opening?

I searched about this but didn't get any useful solution.
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No Internet Access after setting the static IP address on Windows 10

I had set the static IP address from control panel then checked "validate settings upon exit" and hit close then no internet access to the Wi-Fi shown. Meanwhile a windows network diagnostic ...
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Control Panel Applet Execution Command Line Syntax

I'm trying to invoke Internet Options Control Panel applet through command line (Run dialogue). Specifically, the "Connections" tab. I used the following syntax: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,...
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In Windows 10, how can we set an application to be the default for all of its supported file types?

I don't have much experience with the newer versions of Windows, and I'm having trouble doing something that I remember used to be possible in Windows 7. When a program is installed, it was possible ...
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How to change "Control Panel" settings without restart via Regedit?

I want to change toast notification display time via regedit. This can be done via changing MessageDuration value which is under this regedit key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility If I ...
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Is it ok to deselect these file types in advanced indexing options

Every single file type is selected in my indexing options for my Windows 10 PC. Only some of them are selected to index file contents as well, but they're all indexed at the very least with file ...
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Is there a difference between enabling SMB via PowerShell vs Control Panel?

In Microsoft docs, it is said that SMB can be turned on with the PowerShell command Set-SmbServerConfiguration -EnableSMB2Protocol $true. Many websites also say that it can be turned on via 'Turn ...
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Windows 10 : How sync volume level control between two devices (communication & default)

I have one audio device which is the default playback device (speakers) and another which is the communication playback device (headset). Windows audio control panel is like bellow: Currently, if I ...
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Windows Driver keeps changing back no matter what

On Windows 10, when I update a video driver, and then restart, it changes it back to the old driver. Why? How to force it to keep a specific video driver?
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Optional features does not load

If I click these items: Start Settings Apps Optional features A Windows comes up that says "Optional features", but after about two seconds, the Window closes. I am trying to install some ...
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no sound through bluetooth headset -- only mic is working

Skype echo tests work fine using the Bluetooth Plantronics PLT V5200 earpiece mic and speaker. Using textnow, I get a series of beeps on the earpiece indicating that the call is being made. The phone ...
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How to disable lock control panel in Windows

I was enable the lock for Control Panel in Windows from Group Editor Policy. Now I want to disable the lock. Which option should I select: Not Configured or Disabled ?
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Why do some installed windows updates appear in Control Panel but not in Windows Settings?

Why do some installed windows updates appear in Control Panel but not in Windows Settings? See the list below. Adobe Reader DC 12/02/21 Security Update for Microsoft Expression Design 4 21/10/20 ...
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Prevent regular users from accessing Windows settings

I have two user accounts under Windows 10 Pro (version 2004) - one administrative and the other regular. I would like to forbid the access to the Windows settings from the regular account. In ...
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How to reduce MSI fan noise without dragon center

I bought a new MSI laptop GS75 stealth. I am getting incredibly high noise from the fans and CPU temperature as soon as the power is plugged, even at standby. How can I decrease the strain on the CPU'...
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Windows 10 retrain existing fingerprint (or, advanced settings?)

I want to retrain a fingerprint on the fingerprint scanner on my Windows 10 laptop, but when I go to Settings → Sign-In Options → Windows Hello Fingerprint, the only buttons are Add Another and Remove,...
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Is it possible to save a shortcut to a specific control panel page?

Every so often I need to reset/check a network adapter. It happens just rarely enough that every time, I forget how I did it and must stumble through control panel and settings until I blunder onto: ...
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Have all settings back on Control Panel Win10

So I've just broke all UWP apps on the system (hopefully was only that...), and I really don't want to format this thing again... I'm still trying to fix it with the help of Google, but in any case... ...
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How do I hide the Control Panel icon COMPLETELY from a Windows Client using Windows Server 2016?

Basically what the title says... I don't only want the items to be gone from the control panel. I also want the control panel icon gone.
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Can the 'Make the focus rectangle thicker' system option be set automatically in Windows 10?

I found out that the 'Make the focus rectangle thicker' system option is set on two computers under control of Windows 10 while developing my software for this OS (technical details can be found here)....
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How to navigate to Text Services and Input Languages in Windows 10 1909

After having added a second keyboard layout to Windows, I wanted to turn off its hotkeys to switch between them, like Left Alt+Shift, and Ctrl+Shift. I knew about the Text Services and Input Languages ...
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My PC doesn’t sleep automatically [duplicate]

My PC doesn’t sleep automatically. The monitor never turned off And the PC is set for 3 minutes to go to sleep, but it doesn't sleep.
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open classic personalization settings in control panel

In windows 10, control panel is quite depreciating. Now when we open it and click Personalization and Appearence then it opens the applet in Settings app. How to open the classic settings in Control ...
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Automate clicking these control panel settings every time I boot?

I have a late 2012 MacBook Pro dual-booted into Windows 10 using MacOS Boot Camp. Every time I boot into Windows, I have to enable these Boot Camp Control Panel settings to enable trackpad 2-finger ...
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My laptop Wifi crashes a few minutes after boot

I have a 4 year old Razer Blade Stealth 12.5" (2016) and 5 days ago it started having this problem that would "fix" itself temporarily (in the beginning it worked for hours now for only a few minutes) ...
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Windows path no longer shows as list in Control Panel Environment Variables

When I manage my environment variables from the Control Panel (System > Advanced system settings > Environment Variables), PATH used to show up as a nice, manageable list of folders which were easy to ...
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Disable a device's service from powershell or command line

Just read the bold text for the basic rundown! I have a bluetooth headset that I use for gaming, however because it has a mic I have to disable the "handsfree telephony" service every time I pair the ...
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Is there a shortcut key for opening Control Panel?

Is there a shortcut key for opening Control Panel in Windows 10? Similar to something like WIN + I for opening Settings. Looking for WIN key shortcut only. Registry edits are welcome as well, ...
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how to install New-LocalUser and read the help file from PowerShell

Looks to be a 64 bit OS but 32 bit powershell, if I'm reading this correctly: ********************** Windows PowerShell transcript start Start time: 20200329133946 Username: DESKTOP-9AKB65V\thufir ...
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Programmatically open "Turn System Icons On or Off" in a similar way to Cortana search

I want to programmatically do what is done when I click "Open" in this screenshot, on Windows 10: I want to, in order to create a shortcut for this action. I know I can use the ms-settings:taskbar ...
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User Account Control blocks mmc.exe from executing

I was trying to open Device Manager in the control panel. It gave an error whilst opening. Refer to the image below.And it's my personal laptop. I need a solution please.To regain full access to my PC ...
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How can a program be added to Control Panel without using CLSID + NameSpace?

Most program shown in Control Panel are appointed a CLSID which is present in registry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ControlPanel\NameSpace After I ...
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How to deactivate USB power management for every device per batch/periodically?

In "Control Panel" → "System" → "Device Manager" → "Universal Serial Bus Controllers", it is possible to deactivate "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power" within "Power Management"....
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Using powershell .Uninstall() will not remove the program from the "Programs and features" list in Windows 7

I am working on windows 7 64x laptop. and using powershell i wrote the following script to remove multiple programs:- PS C:\Users\***> $programs = @("Microsoft SQL Server 2014 T-SQL Language ...
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Cannot access Network and Sharing Center

On windows 10, when I type "Network and sharing center" in the start menu and click on the found entry, settings homepage opens: When I try to click on the search result there, nothing happens at all:...
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How to create a shortcut to Sounds>Playback>Speakers>Properties>Enhancements?

I have found this piece of code rundll32.exe shell32.dll, Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,0 which works in both CMD and windows RUN and gets me to the Sounds>Playback, the rest of the code below seems ...
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Why won't visual studio code appear in the list of programs in control panel?

When I install programs like photoshop, it appear in the programs list in control panel but why not for visual studio code?
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Windows 10 does not allow me to extend the PATH

Crossposting note: I have already opened a discussion on this topic on the Windows 10 forum, but did not get any useful answer. I want to extend the PATH to include also my directory C:\WBIN. I ...
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Changing ansi and OEM code page in Windows

How to change ansi and OEM code page from 437 to 65001 in control panel? I have literally searched out whole control panel to change the code page but couldn't find it. Can anybody help me?
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Why font shows up twice in Control Panel / Fonts and how to handle

I have a custom font installed on a computer with Win 7 Professional. There is an Italic and a Regular face: MyFont.otf MyFont-Italic.otf When I list the C:\Windows\Fonts folder using dir MyFont* ...
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Open a second "modern" control panel window in Windows 10 or Server 2016 [duplicate]

Let's say I want to open those two windows in parallel on a "Modern UI" based Operating System (Windows 10 or Server 2016+): The first one, so I can monitor the upgrade process, and the second one, ...
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How can I deep link to a page in Control Panel?

I need to access the Network Connections page often to change adapter settings. How can I save clicks?
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How to add hotkeys to Windows 10 system setting toggles?

There are certain system settings that I toggle regularly, such as enabling and disabling HDR or night light. Is it possible to add hotkeys for these or at least somehow toggle them without the ...
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