Need path to Control Panel

Hi, how can I find the path to my control panel in Windows 10? Thanks
camtzAsked:
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timgreen7077Exchange EngineerCommented:
in the search field at the bottom left in the task bar type the word control and that will open the control panel.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Carlos,
The path is:
c:\Windows\System32\control.exe

I'm guessing that you want to put a shortcut to it on your W10 desktop. That's what I do. Here's what the properties of its shortcut looks like:

W10 Control Panel shortcut
Regards, Joe
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Gopi RajuSystem EngineerCommented:
Shortcut to open control panel : Press Windows key+R and you will get RUN, type control and press enter to open control panel.
And to open Control Panel directly the path is C:\Windows\System32\control.exe
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
joe: why not simply go to settings / personalization / themes /desktop icon settings
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camtzAuthor Commented:
Joe, as usual, you are always on the money.  Thanks.  I also want to thank Gopi Raju because he gave me some very valuable information.  Now, for my final question, how in the world did you find the location of the Control Panel so you could make a shortcut.  That's what I tried to do on my own but couldn't find the path to get to it.  Is there a universal way to always find the path to something?
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Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
First attempt is to type in the search, and then open the properties of the found link.
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Ionut GIT ManagerCommented:
Hey,
I have two solutions:
1. Press WIN -> write control -> will appear Control Panel - > right click on Control Panel -> Open File Location -> An folder with Control Panel shortcut will appear - > Copy to Desktop Control Panel shortcut
Path of that folder is %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\System Tools

2. You can create a folder on desktop and renamed GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
This will enable God Mode and you will have all commands in that folder

Have a nice day
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Carlos,
There is no universal way that I'm aware of. You simply have to know the name of the executable. You can often find it in a shortcut on another system, but sometimes Windows hides the path. For example, here's a Control Panel shortcut where the actual path to the Target location is not shown:

target location not shown
Btw, you may have missed David's excellent comment — he is spot-on! Although his technique doesn't show you the location/path, it is the "official" way for getting numerous popular icons on your W10 desktop, such as This PC (aka Computer) and Control Panel. When you follow the steps he posted...

Settings
Personalization
Themes
Desktop icon settings

...you'll get this dialog:

W10 desktop icon settings
Select the icons that you want on the desktop. Regards, Joe
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camtzAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all.  Very helpful information.
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