Shell Destinations

  1. Posts : 18
    Windows 10

    Shell Destinations

    I've found a large list of Shell Destinations for Windows 7.

    Most work with Windows 10. Some examples:

    ::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D} - Control Panel
    ::{74246bfc-4c96-11d0-abef-0020af6b0b7a} - Device Manager

    However, Windows Update doesn't work. Perhaps only for Windows 7:

    What's the shell for Windows 10's Windows Update?

    My Windows Version isn't important for this topic, but I'll include it anyway.
    Windows Version: OS Build 1909 18363.720
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  2. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 7,379
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.868

    Here are the Windows 10 equivalents
    Shell Commands - TenForumsTutorials
    Settings Pages List of URI Shortcuts - TenForumsTutorials
    General Tips Rundll32 Commands - TenForumsTutorials
    CLSID Key (GUID) Shortcuts - TenForumsTutorials

    There is also
    Create Check for updates shortcut - TenForumsTutorials
    which, if memory serves me correctly, I had to run as admin to trigger update checks [it otherwise just took me to the WU section within Settings].

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  3. Posts : 18
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter


    Thank you for those wonderful links Denis.

    It looks like Windows Update has been removed from the GUID Shortcuts & Shell Command list.

    As a Rainmeter user, I assumed there would be a new/different GUID for Windows Update. Apparently not.

    I guess I would need to create shortcut and redirect through there (as I did with powercfg to change plans).

    Thank you very much, the issue has been resolved!

    With Rainmeter, there's no "Run As Admin" option & making the shortcut "Run As Admin" doesn't do anything with Rainmeter.

    I can just click once to open WU settings, then click again for it to check.

    To confirm with your instructions, I ran WU shortcut as Admin. It still took me to the WU settings section only & not check for updates.
    Last edited by solid purity; 16 Mar 2020 at 12:19. Reason: Solved!
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  4. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 7,379
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.868

    I just tried the shortcut from the Windows update shortcut tutorial - it both went to the WU interface and ran a check for updates [tutorial option 2].
    - The shortcut target property was %windir%\explorer.exe ms-settings:windowsupdate-action
    - I did not need to make it run as Admin after all.

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  5. KeithM's Avatar
    Posts : 787
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home

    Since Update moved from Control Panel to the Settings app, it's now accessed via a URI: ms-settings:windowsupdate

    It can be pasted in a Run dialog or used as the target of a shortcut.

    Run this PowerShell to get a complete list of Control Panel paths:

    $Shell = New-Object -ComObject shell.application
    $DT = $Shell.Namespace(0)
    Function Unfold ($oFolder) {
    $oFolder.Items() | ?{ ($_.IsFolder -eq $True) -and ($_.Name -notLike 'Fonts') } | ForEach{
    UnFold $_.GetFolder
    $_.GetFolder.Items() | select Name, Path
    $DT.Items() | ?{($_.IsFolder -eq $True) -and
            ($_.Name -match 'Control Panel')} | % {
                Unfold $_.GetFolder
    } | select name, path -unique | Sort Path | Out-Gridview
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  6. Posts : 18
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Oooh, that's so cool.

    Thank you Keith!

    Will this work on Win7 as well?

    I'm unable to use Ctrl + V on Win7 version's PowerShell.
    Last edited by solid purity; 17 Mar 2020 at 11:42.
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  7. KeithM's Avatar
    Posts : 787
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home

    I'm guessing "probably"... I actually skipped WIn7

    That;s a "console thing". To paste into the console, you can:
    • RIght-clcik mouse to paste. Or....
    • Use the System menu:

    Shell Destinations-screenshot-683-.png
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  8. Posts : 18
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Okay, I'll give it a try.
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