In the shadow of all PowerShell stuff, I’d like to share some old, but very good information with you guys.
I like knowing exactly where I’m going and I like getting there fast. Therefore, I’ve learned the file names of the most common OS utilities I use. (And yes, I might be a bit reactionary 🙂 )
Many of them are nowdays in the Win+X menu, but sometimes its nice just typing where you want to go.
- ncpa.cpl – Network Connections – This was once very easy to find, but in Vista and above they made it very hard to get there.
- certlm.msc – Local Computer Certificates – as this is something I use every day, it’s very nice to actually get there directly (only works in 8/2012 and above) (certmgr.msc for User Certificates)
- lusrmgr.msc – Access Local users and Groups directly
- appwiz.cpl – Add remove programs (turn Windows features on or off is optionalfeatures.exe)
- firewall.cpl – Windows Firewall
- compmgmt.msc – Computer management
- sysdm.cpl – System Properties (change computer name, join domain etc. (but please, use POSH for that if possible)
- wuapp.exe – Windows Update (very useful in 8/2012 and above)
- eventvwr.exe – Event Viewer
- mstsc.exe – Remote Desktop Client (everyone knows about this one, I hope).
In Windows 8 and above, you have to start it with <shift>+<enter> instead of just <enter> if opening more than one window.