Apr 22

How to launch Settings panel on Windows 10

In Windows 10 there are two kind of management apps:

  1. Control panel – old fashion / classic app we all know
  2. Settings – the new way of configuring Windows (a XAML app)

Prior to Windows 8, running control panel applets was about pasting strange GUIDs,Control.exe with parameters in RUN dialog or via APIs. You can also use the Canonical names.

In Windows 8/8.1/10 there are more user-friendly commands. For example you can start Windows Update app via RUN dialog:

ms-settings:windowsupdate

This will start Settings >Security > Windows Update XAML app.

Here is a list of most recently used items:

You can find an up-to-date list of all commands here:https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/uwp/launch-resume/launch-settings-app#ms-settings-uri-scheme-reference

Jan 08

How to determine Windows version from ISO file

You can gather Windows information from ISO file using DISM in two easy steps:

  1. Mount the ISO file. Note the drive letter;
  2. Open elevated command prompt and start:
    dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:F:\sources\install.wim /index:1

Replace F with the drive letter of mounted ISO file.

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