Looking to configure some of the settings on your device? The below tools all come pre-installed on your device to help you with that! Use PowerShell to run these commands after connecting to your device.
Update account password:
It is highly recommended that you update the default password for the Administrator account. To do this, you can issue the following command:
net user Administrator [new password] where
[new password] represents a strong password of your choice.
Create local user accounts:
If you wish to give others access to your Windows IoT Core device, you can create additional local user accounts using PS by typing in
net user [username] [password] /add. If you wish to add this user to other groups, such as the Administrator group, use
net localgroup Administrators [username] /add.
To change the password on an account on your device, run
net user [account-username] [new-password] to change the account password.
Query and set device name:
To identify your current device name, simply type
hostname. To change the name of your Windows IoT Core device, type
SetComputerName [new machinename]. You may need to restart your device for the name change to take effect.
Basic network configuration:
Many of the basic network configuration utilities you may already be familiar with are available in Windows IoT Core, including commands such as
Microsoft is providing familiar tools, including
sfpcopy.exe as well as
To view currently running processes, you can try either
get-process or alternatively
tlist.exe. To stop a running process, type
kill.exe [pid or process name].
Setting startup app:
Use the startup editor to configure startup apps on your Windows IoT Core device. Run
IotStartup with any of the following options:
IotStartup list lists installed applications
IotStartup list headed lists installed headed applications
IotStartup list headless lists installed headless applications
IotStartup list [MyApp] list installed applications that match pattern
IotStartup add adds headed and headless applications
IotStartup add headed [MyApp] adds headed applications that match pattern
MyApp. Pattern must match only one application.
IotStartup add headless [Task1] adds headless applications that match pattern
IotStartup remove removes headed and headless applications
IotStartup remove headed [MyApp] removes headed applications that match pattern
IotStartup remove headless [Task1] removes headless applications that match pattern
IotStartup startup lists headed and headless applications registered for startup
IotStartup startup [MyApp] lists headed and headless applications registered for startup that match pattern
IotStartup startup headed [MyApp] lists headed applications registered for startup that match
IotStartup startup headless [Task1] lists headless applications registered for startup that match
For further help, try
Set Boot Option (Headless vs. headed boot):
Windows IoT Core devices can be set to headed (when display capabilities are required) or headless (when a display is not required or available) device mode. To change this setting, use
setbootoption.exe [headed | headless].
NOTE: Changing this setting will require a reboot in order for the change to take effect.
To view the current list of scheduled tasks, use the
schtasks.exe command. You can create new tasks with the
/create switch or run on-demand tasks with the
/run switch. For a full list of supported parameters, use
The device console utility is useful in identifying and managing installed devices and drivers. For a full list of parameters, use
If you need to access the registry to view or modify settings, use the
reg.exe /? Command for the full list of supported parameters.
Managing Windows services can be accomplished via the
net.exe command. To see a list of running services, type
net start. To start or stop a specific service, type
net [start | stop] [service name]. Alternatively, you can also use the service control manager via
You can make changes to the boot configuration of your Windows IoT Core device by using
bcdedit.exe. For instance, you can enable testsigning with
bcdedit –set testsigning on command.
To shut down your device, type
shutdown /s /t 0. To restart the device, use the
/r switch instead with the command
shutdown /r /t 0.
Set display resolution
To adjust the resolution of a display connected to your Windows 10 IoT Core device, run
SetDisplayResolution [width] [height]. To query the resolution, exclude the
You can take the screenshot of your Windows IoTCore device by using
ScreenCapture.exe. For example, run
ScreenCapture c:\folder\screencap.jpg will take the screenshot and save it in screencap.jpg file.
Get information about Network Adapters
To view the list of all the available network adapters, run
Set folder permissions for UWP apps
Not all folders on your device are accesible by Universal Windows Apps. To make a folder accesible to a UWP app, you can use
FolderPermissions tool. For example run
FolderPermissions c:\test -e to give UWP apps access to
c:\test folder. Note this will work only with native Win32 apis for eg. CreateFile2 and not with WinRT apis like StorageFolder, StorageFile etc.
Change default audio device and volume
IoTCoreAudioControlTool tool controls audio related options, such as setting default capture and playback devices and changing the volume. For a full list of parameters, run