Windows 10

Top 10 built-in MMC Consoles (msc) and Control Panel files (cpl) in Windows 10 and Windows Server

I am used to working with built-in MMC consoles and control panel files. I know most of them by heart. I always tell my students to remember the most common ones in order to manage Windows systems better and more efficiently – no matter what version of Windows they have. Here is my top 10 list of all mmc consoles and cpl files shipped with Windows operating systems.

Before I start with my personal favorites, a nice overview of all MMC and cpl files which can be found on all current Windows systems. Open PowerShell and run the command below to get a list of all mmc and cpl files.


Get-ChildItem -Path C:\Windows\system32\* -Include *.msc, *.cpl | Sort-Object -Property Extension | Select-Object -Property Name | Format-Wide -Column 5

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1. compmgmt.msc

To get an overview of your computer and to manage your system open the search or press ALT + R  and type compmgmt.msc.

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2. eventvwr.msc

To open the Windows Event Viewer run eventvwr.msc.

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3. fsmgmt.msc

In order to manage your file shares go directly to them via the Shared Folders MMC console.

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4. lusrmgr.msc

Hard to find, but hereby it’s directly accessible. Managing local users and groups with lusrmgr.msc.

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5. services.msc

To get directly to the Windows services run services.msc.

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6. taskschd.msc

This opens the Scheduled Task snap-in.

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7. wf.msc

For opening the Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security snap-in run wf.msc.

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8. ncpa.cpl

Go directly to your network interfaces with ncpa.cpl.

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9. certmgr.msc | certlm.msc

Certmgr.msc opens the snap-in for managing certificates of the logged on user account. Certlm.msc does the same for the computer account.

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10. dsa.msc

Undoubtedly, the most commonly used MMC snap-in for Active Directory management is dsa.msc, which opens Active Directory users and computers.

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