List of Rundll32 commands for Windows 8 / 7

I have compiled a list of Rundll32 commands, which can be used for directly invoking the specified functions or to create shortcuts of those, which you use and require frequently.

Rundll32 commands for Windows

To Create Desktop Shortcuts : Right click on desktop > New > Shortcut. In the first box of the Create Shortcut Wizard, copy-paste the desired command. Then Click Next. Give the Shortcut a Name. Finally, select an appropriate icon for it.

Some of them can prove to be rather useful, eg, copy-paste rundll32.exe keymgr.dll,KRShowKeyMgr in Search bar and hit enter; and you will see the Stored User Names and Passwords Box pop up ! The Stored User Names and Passwords Applet lets you assign user names and passwords to use, when needing to authenticate yourself, to services in domains other than the one you are currently logged into. It’s normally very awkward to access it, but this way lets you do so faster ! You can thus access quite a few useful functions easily !

Add/Remove Programs

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,0

Content Advisor

RunDll32.exe msrating.dll,RatingSetupUI

Control Panel

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL

Delete Temporary Internet Files

 RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 8

Delete Cookies

 RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 2

Delete History

 RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 1

Delete Form Data

 RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 16

Delete Passwords

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 32

Delete All

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 255

Delete All + files and settings stored by Add-ons:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351

Date and Time Properties

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl

Display Settings

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL access.cpl,,3

Device Manager

RunDll32.exe devmgr.dll DeviceManager_Execute

Folder Options – General

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 0

Folder Options – File Types

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_Options 2

Folder Options – Search

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 2

Folder Options – View

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 7

Forgotten Password Wizard

RunDll32.exe keymgr.dll,PRShowSaveWizardExW


RunDll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState

Internet Explorer’s Internet Properties dialog box.

Rundll32 Shell32.dll,ConBring up trol_RunDLL Inetcpl.cpl,,6

Keyboard Properties

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @1

Lock Screen

RunDll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation

Mouse Button – Swap left button to function as right

Rundll32 User32.dll,SwapMouseButton

Mouse Properties Dialog Box

Rundll32 Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @0,0

Map Network Drive Wizard

Rundll32 Shell32.dll,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL Connect

Network Connections

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL ncpa.cpl

Organize IE Favourites

Rundll32.exe shdocvw.dll,DoOrganizeFavDlg

Open With Dialog Box

Rundll32 Shell32.dll,OpenAs_RunDLL Any_File-name.ext

Printer User Interface

Rundll32 Printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /?

Printer Management Folder.

Rundll32 Shell32.dll,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL PrintersFolder

Power Options

RunDll32.exe Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL powercfg.cpl

Process Idle Tasks

rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks

Regional and Language Options

Rundll32 Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL Intl.cpl,,0

Stored Usernames and Passwords

RunDll32.exe keymgr.dll,KRShowKeyMgr

Safely Remove Hardware Dialog Box

Rundll32 Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL HotPlug.dll

Sound Properties Dialog Box

Rundll32 Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL Mmsys.cpl,,0

System Properties Box

Rundll32 Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL Sysdm.cpl,,3

System Properties – Advanced

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,4

System Properties: Automatic Updates

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,5

Taskbar Properties

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 1

User Accounts

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL nusrmgr.cpl

Unplug/Eject Hardware

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll

Windows Security Center

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL wscui.cpl

Windows – About

RunDll32.exe SHELL32.DLL,ShellAboutW

Windows Fonts Installation Folder

Rundll32 Shell32.dll,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL FontsFolder

Windows Firewall

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL firewall.cpl

Wireless Network Setup

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL NetSetup.cpl,@0,WNSW

Hope you find the list useful. If you know of any more, please do share.

NOTE: Please also see the comment by André Modesto below.

Posted by on , in Category Windows with Tags
Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.
  • Tiziano Di Rauso


  • Jairo

    Hi. Do you know a shortcut to create new directory in win 7 or xp?

  • Martin Leeves

    Anand, do you know of a way to use rundll32 to open the “Windows Update” control panel in Windows 8?

  • Anand Khanse

    You can type the following in Command Prompt or Run box to open Windows Update applet:

    control /name Microsoft.WindowsUpdate

  • yoyo

    add/remove programs not working, others are :0

  • Anand Khanse

    Sorry, there was some formatting error. I have rectified it. Check now. It works. :)

  • Martin Leeves

    Thank you very much, Anand.

    Also, thanks for your instructions above to open the Power Options control panel (“RunDll32.exe Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL powercfg.cpl”)

    I specifically want to open this Control Panel and then open the “Change Plan Settings” for the “High Performance” power plan. Do you know which parameters I must supply to the rundll32 command to do this?

  • jo

    Rundll32 Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL HotPlug.dll

    absolutly not working :((… Have been looking everywhere to safely Remove Hardware because it’s impossible to Eject Through Right Click

  • Anand Khanse
  • Jeevun Vethanayagam

    I don’t really know how to do it in 7; although in windows 8 the hotkey is windows key + x + o.
    C:WindowsSystem32powercfg.exe -setactive SCHEME_MIN
    you can use this to set your computer to high performance! Create a new shortcut and make this your location. SCHEME_MEDIUM and SCHEME_MAX are other power options. you can find all your power option names by run cmd and then powercfg -l.

  • oizworkplace

    Hi. do you know a way to run this command silent?

    RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 10

  • vsoni

    how can I open folder properties for any particular folder using rundll32.exe

    Thanks in advance

  • Guest

    Is there a way to open Control PanelNetwork and InternetNetwork Map?

  • KERR

    Rundll32 Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL Sysdm.cpl,,3 – actually points to the advanced tab.

    RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,4 – points to System Restore.

    Anyone know how to go directly to the Performance Options on the Advanced tab?

  • KERR

    appwiz.cpl will also get you there!

  • KERR

    Closest I know of is ncpa.cpl which is handy for network adapters.

  • Shantha D

    Following issue is specific to IE11-WIN8.
    When I refer INetCache folder using any program and try to print its contents, it always it displays [“Content.IE5”, “counters.dat”, “desktop.ini”, “IE”, “Low”, “Virtualized”]. But when I access the same INetCache folder using IE11 browser, Tools->Internet Options->General->Browsing history-> Settings(click)->View files(click), I get different folder structure, which contains some favicon.ico files. How can I make my program to refer always these favicon.ico files instead of [“Content.IE5”, “counters.dat”, “desktop.ini”, “IE”, “Low”, “Virtualized”] ?

  • André Modesto

    Taskbar and start menu props TASKBAR

    %SystemRoot%System32rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 1
    Taskbar and start menu props START MENU

    %SystemRoot%System32rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 3
    Taskbar and start menu props TOOLBARS

    %SystemRoot%System32rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 6
    Folder options GENERAL

    %SystemRoot%System32rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 0
    Folder options SEARCH

    %SystemRoot%System32rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 2
    Folder options VIEW

    %SystemRoot%System32rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 7
    Turn system icons on or off

    %SystemRoot%System32rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 4
    Select which icons and notifications apear on taskbar

    %SystemRoot%System32rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 5

    Control Panel

    * CONTROL: opens the control panel window
    * CONTROL ADMINTOOLS: opens the administrative tools
    * CONTROL KEYBOARD: opens keyboard properties
    * CONTROL COLOUR: opens display properties.Appearance tab
    * CONTROL FOLDERS: opens folder options
    * CONTROL FONTS: opens font policy management
    * CONTROL INTERNATIONAL or INTL.CPL: opens Regional and Language option
    * CONTROL MOUSE or MAIN.CPL: opens mouse properties
    * CONTROL USERPASSWORDS: opens User Accounts editor
    * CONTROL USERPASSWORDS2 or NETPLWIZ: User account access restrictions
    * CONTROL PRINTERS: opens faxes and printers available
    * APPWIZ.CPL: opens Add or Remove programs utility tool
    * OPTIONALFEATURES: opens Add or Remove Windows component utility
    * DESK.CPL: opens display properties. Themes tab
    * HDWWIZ.CPL: opens add hardware wizard
    * IRPROPS.CPL: infrared utility tool
    * JOY.CP: opens game controllers settings
    * MMSYS.CPL: opens Sound and Audio device Properties. Volume tab
    * SYSDM.CPL: opens System properties
    * TELEPHON.CPL: Opens phone and Modem options
    * TIMEDATE.CPL: Date and Time properties
    * WSCUI.CPL: opens Windows Security Center
    * ACCESS.CPL: opens Accessibility Options
    * WUAUCPL.CPL: opens Automatic Updates
    * POWERCFG.CPL: opens Power Options Properties
    * AZMAN.MSC: opens authorisation management utility tool
    * CERTMGR.MSC: opens certificate management tool
    * COMPMGMT.MSC: opens the Computer management tool
    * COMEXP.MSC or DCOMCNFG: opens the Computer Services management tool
    * DEVMGMT.MSC: opens Device Manager
    * EVENTVWR or EVENTVWR.MSC: opens Event Viewer
    * FSMGMT.MSC: opens Shared Folders
    * NAPCLCFG.MSC: NAP Client configuration utility tool
    * SERVICES.MSC: opens Service manager
    * TASKSCHD.MSC or CONTROL SCHEDTASKS: opens Schedule Tasks manager
    * GPEDIT.MSC: opens Group Policy utility tool
    * LUSRMGR.MSC: opens Local Users and Groups
    * SECPOL.MSC: opens local security settings
    * CIADV.MSC: opens indexing service
    * NTMSMGR.MSC: removable storage manager
    * NTMSOPRQ.MSC: removable storage operator requests
    * WMIMGMT.MSC: opens (WMI) Window Management Instrumentation
    * PERFMON or PERFMON.MSC: opens the Performance monitor
    * MMC: opens empty Console
    * MDSCHED: opens memory diagnostics tools
    * DXDIAG: opens DirectX diagnostics tools
    * ODBCAD32: opens ODBC Data source Administrator
    * REGEDIT or REGEDT32: opens Registry Editor
    * DRWTSN32: opens Dr. Watson
    * VERIFIER: opens Driver Verifier Manager
    * CLICONFG: opens SQL Server Client Network Utility
    * UTILMAN: opens Utility Manager
    * COLORCPL: opens color management
    * CREDWIZ: back up and recovery tool for user passwords
    * MOBSYNC: opens Synchronization center
    * MSCONFIG: opens System Configuration Utility
    * SYSEDIT: opens System Configuration Editor (careful while using this command)
    * SYSKEY: Windows Account Database Security management (careful while using this command)

    Windows utility and applications

    * EPLORER: Opens windows Explorer
    * IEXPLORER: Opens Internet explorer
    * WAB: opens Contacts
    * CHARMAP: opens Character Map
    * WRITE: opens WordPad
    * NOTEPAD: opens Notepad
    * CALC: opens Calculator
    * CLIPBRD: opens Clipbook Viewer
    * WINCHAT: opens Microsoft Chat Interface
    * SOUNDRECORDER: opens sound recording tool
    * DVDPLAY: run CD or DVD
    * WMPLAYER: opens Windows Media Player
    * MOVIEMK: Opens untitled Windows Movie Maker
    * OSK: opens on-screen Keyboard
    * MAGNIFY: opens Magnifier
    * WINCAL: opens Calendar
    * DIALER: opens phone Dialer
    * EUDCEDIT: opens Private Character Editor
    * NDVOL: opens the mixer volume
    * RSTRUI : opens Tool System Restore (For Vista only)
    * %WINDIR%SYSTEM32RESTORErstrui.exe: opens Tool System Restore (for XP only).
    * MSINFO32: Opens the System Information
    * MRT : launches the utility removal of malware.
    * Taskmgr : Opens the Windows Task Manager
    * CMD: opens a command prompt
    * MIGWIZ: Opens the tool for transferring files and settings from Windows (Vista only)
    * Migwiz.exe: Opens the tool for transferring files and settings from Windows (for XP only)
    * SIDEBAR: Open the Windows (Vista only)
    * Sigverif : Opens the tool for verification of signatures of files
    * Winver : Opens the window for your Windows version
    * FSQUIRT: Bluetooth Transfer Wizard
    * IExpress opens the wizard for creating self-extracting archives. Tutorial HERE
    * MBLCTR: opens the mobility center (Windows Vista only)
    * MSRA : Opens the Windows Remote Assistance
    * Mstsc : opens the tool connection Remote Desktop
    * MSDT: opens the diagnostic tools and support Microsoft
    * WERCON: opens the reporting tool and solutions to problems (for Vista only)
    * WINDOWSANYTIMEUPGRADE: Enables the upgrade of Windows Vista
    * WINWORD : opens Word (if installed)
    * PRINTBRMUI : Opens migration wizard printer (Vista only)

    Disk management

    * DISKMGMT.MSC: opens disk management utility
    * CLEANMGR: opens disk drive clean up utility
    * DFRG.MSC: opens disk defragmenter
    * CHKDSK: complete analysis of disk partition
    * DISKPART: disk partitioning tool

    Connection management

    * IPCONFIG: list the configuration of IP addresses on your PC (for more information type IPCONFIG/? in the CMD menu)
    * INETCPL.CPL: opens internet properties
    * FIREWALL.CPL: opens windows firewall
    * NETSETUP.CPL: opens network setup wizard

    Miscellaneous commands

    * JAVAWS: View the cover of JAVA software (if installed)
    * AC3FILTER.CPL: Opens the properties AC3 Filter (if installed)
    * FIREFOX: Mozilla launches Firefox (if installed)
    * NETPROJ: allow or not connecting to a network projector (For Vista only)
    * LOGOFF: closes the current session
    * SHUTDOWN: shut down Windows
    * SHUTDOWN-A: to interrupt Windows shutdown
    * %WINDIR% or %SYSTEMROOT%: opens the Windows installation
    * %PROGRAMFILES%: Opens the folder where you installed other programs (Program Files)
    * %USERPROFILE%: opens the profile of the user currently logged
    * %HOMEDRIVE%: opens the browser on the partition or the operating system is installed
    * %HOMEPATH%: opens the currently logged user C: Documents and Settings [username]
    * %TEMP%: opens the temporary folder
    * VSP1CLN: deletes the cache for installation of the service pack 1 for Vista
    * System File Checker (Requires Windows CD if the cache is not available):
    o SFC / scannow: immediately scans all system files and repairs damaged files
    o SFC / VERIFYONLY: scans only those files system
    o SFC / Scanfil = “name and file path”: scans the specified file, and repaired if damaged
    o SFC / VERIFYFILE = “name and file path”: Scans only the file specified
    o SFC / scanonce: scans the system files on the next restart
    o SFC / REVERT: return the initial configuration (For more information, type SFC /? In the command prompt CMD.

  • Anand Khanse

    Thanks for this list. :)

  • Rodolfo

    thank you.
    for the contribution.
    It is very interesting.

  • John

    I have an AD policy to lock the screen on a workstation and when it invokes rundll32 user32.dll,LockWorkstation there is a ding or windows startup like sound (Windows 7) when the screen locks. Is there anyway thru policy to turn off just that sound?

  • Marcin Korba

    Hi Jairo
    I know its old thread but for all those who will land here like I did.
    To create directory using CMD just type in MD /? or MKDIR /? for all available folder creation switches.

  • Thierry Vandecasteele

    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,Advanced,@Advanced


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