Frequent contributor Harsh is sharing some wisdom regarding Control Panel files and, more specifically, how to isolate these files in your installation directory.
Each tool in the Control Panel is represented by a .cpl file in the "[%systemDrive]\Windows\System" Folder. The ".cpl" files in the Windows\System folder are loaded automatically when you start the Control Panel.
Note: Control Panel files are sometimes loaded using entries in the [MMCPL] section of the Control.ini file.
Third-party software and hardware manufacturers can add Control Panel icons to provide an interface for setting configuration options for their products. An icon appears in Control Panel when the .cpl file is placed in the Windows\System folder by the program's Setup tool.
You can create a shortcut to a Control Panel tool by dragging an icon from Control Panel to the desktop or another location, or by manually creating a shortcut and specifying the path to a .cpl...