You can open the Settings app directly from the Command Prompt (cmd.exe) in Windows 10 using the following command:
From the Run dialog (Win+R), you can omit the start command an just type in the URI scheme directly. You’ll still need the start prefix if you want to launch Settings from a batch fie, however.
You can optimistically type in an English language keyword after the colon to direct you towards the right section of the Settings app. For example, ms-settings:network will go directly to the Network and Internet section of the Settings app. There is no penalty for guessing wrong, so just take a guess and maybe you’ll drop straight into settings:windowsupdate without using the mouse. App developers and web authors should take care to link their users directly to the right section in Settings, reducing documentation needs and user friction.
You can use the same command in PowerShell — where start is an alias for Start-Process — or spell it out fully using PowerShell commandlets:
These commands — actually the whole
ms-settings: URI schema — will not work on older versions of Windows like Windows 8 and 8.1. Also note that the Settings app is unavailable from within the Windows Recovery mode and cannot be opened there using this command.
Users on Windows 10 can click here to open the Settings app directly from their browser. The link will do nothing or trigger an error on other operating systems.