Windows 7 Control Panel Canonical Names

I recently came across the need for this information so I figured I would post it.

Windows 7 Control Panel Canonical Names

The following canonical names are defined for Control Panel items in Windows 7. All names are also valid on Windows Vista unless specified otherwise. Not all Control Panel items are available on all varieties of Windows and some Control Panel items might appear only when appropriate hardware is detected. These canonical names do not change for different languages. They are always in English, even if the system’s language is non-English.

Control Panel Item Canonical name
Action Center Microsoft.ActionCenter (Windows 7 and later only)
Administrative Tools Microsoft.AdministrativeTools
AutoPlay Microsoft.AutoPlay
Backup and Restore Microsoft.BackupAndRestore (Windows 7 and later only)
Biometric Devices Microsoft.BiometricDevices (Windows 7 and later only)
BitLocker Drive Encryption Microsoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption
Color Management Microsoft.ColorManagement
Credential Manager Microsoft.CredentialManager (Windows 7 and later only)
Date and Time Microsoft.DateAndTime
Default Location Microsoft.DefaultLocation (Windows 7 and later only)
Default Programs Microsoft.DefaultPrograms
Desktop Gadgets Microsoft.DesktopGadgets (Windows 7 and later only)
Device Manager Microsoft.DeviceManager
Devices and Printers Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters (Windows 7 and later only)
Display Microsoft.Display (Windows 7 and later only)
Ease of Access Center Microsoft.EaseOfAccessCenter
Folder Options Microsoft.FolderOptions
Fonts Microsoft.Fonts
Game Controllers Microsoft.GameControllers
Get Programs Microsoft.GetPrograms
Getting Started Microsoft.GettingStarted (Windows 7 and later only)
HomeGroup Microsoft.HomeGroup (Windows 7 and later only)
Indexing Options Microsoft.IndexingOptions
Infrared Microsoft.Infrared (Windows 7 and later only)
Internet Options Microsoft.InternetOptions
iSCSI Initiator Microsoft.iSCSIInitiator
Keyboard Microsoft.Keyboard
Location and Other Sensors Microsoft.LocationAndOtherSensors (Windows 7 and later only)
Mouse Microsoft.Mouse
Network and Sharing Center Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter
Notification Area Icons Microsoft.NotificationAreaIcons (Windows 7 and later only)
Offline Files Microsoft.OfflineFiles
Parental Controls Microsoft.ParentalControls
Pen and Touch Microsoft.PenAndTouch (Windows 7 and later only)
People Near Me Microsoft.PeopleNearMe
Performance Information and Tools Microsoft.PerformanceInformationAndTools
Personalization Microsoft.Personalization
Phone and Modem Microsoft.PhoneAndModem (Windows 7 and later only)
Power Options Microsoft.PowerOptions
Programs and Features Microsoft.ProgramsAndFeatures
Recovery Microsoft.Recovery (Windows 7 and later only)
Region and Language Microsoft.RegionAndLanguage (Windows 7 and later only)
RemoteApp and Desktop Connections Microsoft.RemoteAppAndDesktopConnections (Windows 7 and later only)
Scanners and Cameras Microsoft.ScannersAndCameras
Sound Microsoft.Sound (Windows 7 and later only)
Speech Recognition Microsoft.SpeechRecognition (Windows 7 and later only)
Sync Center Microsoft.SyncCenter
System Microsoft.System
Tablet PC Settings Microsoft.TabletPCSettings
Taskbar and Start Menu Microsoft.TaskbarAndStartMenu
Text to Speech Microsoft.TextToSpeech
Troubleshooting Microsoft.Troubleshooting (Windows 7 and later only)
User Accounts Microsoft.UserAccounts
Windows Anytime Upgrade Microsoft.WindowsAnytimeUpgrade
Windows CardSpace Microsoft.CardSpace
Windows Defender Microsoft.WindowsDefender
Windows Firewall Microsoft.WindowsFirewall
Windows Mobility Center Microsoft.MobilityCenter
Windows SideShow Microsoft.WindowsSideShow
Windows Update Microsoft.WindowsUpdate

Windows Vista Control Panel Canonical Names

The following are canonical names for Control Panel items found in Windows Vista that have been renamed or removed as of Windows 7. For compatibility with Windows Vista, all of these names are valid on Windows 7, but the experience can be different:

  • Some items have been simply renamed and given new canonical names, retaining the same GUID. The old canonical name launches the Control Panel item, which may or may not use the same UI seen in Windows Vista.
  • The functionality of some items has been moved or consolidated with other items in a new item. In this case, the old canonical name maps to the most appropriate new Control Panel item.
Control Panel Item Canonical name Notes
Add Hardware Microsoft.AddHardware Maps to Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters
Sound Microsoft.AudioDevicesAndSoundThemes Now Microsoft.Sound
Backup and Restore Center Microsoft.BackupAndRestoreCenter Now Microsoft.BackupAndRestore
Windows Marketplace Microsoft.GetProgramsOnline Removed
Infrared Microsoft.InfraredOptions Now Microsoft.Infrared.
Pen and Input Devices Microsoft.PenAndInputDevices Now Microsoft.PenAndTouch
Phone and Modem Microsoft.PhoneAndModemOptions Now Microsoft.PhoneAndModem
Printers Microsoft.Printers Maps to Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters
Problem Reports and Solutions Microsoft.ProblemReportsAndSolutions Maps to Microsoft.ActionCenter
Regional and Language Options Microsoft.RegionalAndLanguageOptions Now Microsoft.RegionAndLanguage
Windows Security Center Microsoft.SecurityCenter Maps to Microsoft.ActionCenter
Speech Recognition Options Microsoft.SpeechRecognitionOptions Now Microsoft.SpeechRecognition
Welcome Center Microsoft.WelcomeCenter Now Microsoft.GettingStarted
Windows Sidebar Properties Microsoft.WindowsSidebarProperties Now Microsoft.DesktopGadgets

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