Monday, November 16, 2009

Command prompts for Windows (From:

Some of these command below can cause harmful an undesirable functions, leading to the formatting of your hard disk and data loss, while others will not run under Windows XP. As for Windows Vista the Run Tab is not visible in the start up menu. Windows Vista specific command prompts are not included.

 Here is a list of commands you can use under Microsoft Windows prearranged depending of their functionality :


  1. Control Panel

  2. Windows utility and applications

  3. Disk management

  4. Connection management

  5. Miscellaneous commands

Control Panel

CONTROL: opens the control panel window

CONTROL ADMINTOOLS: opens the administrative tools

CONTROL KEYBOARD: opens keyboard properties

CONTROL COLOUR: opens display properties.Appearance tab

CONTROL FOLDERS: opens folder options

CONTROL FONTS: opens font policy management

CONTROL INTERNATIONAL or INTL.CPL: opens Regional and Language option

CONTROL MOUSE or MAIN.CPL: opens mouse properties

CONTROL USERPASSWORDS: opens User Accounts editor

CONTROL USERPASSWORDS2 or NETPLWIZ: User account access restrictions

CONTROL PRINTERS: opens faxes and printers available

APPWIZ.CPL: opens Add or Remove programs utility tool

OPTIONALFEATURES: opens Add or Remove Windows component utility

DESK.CPL: opens display properties. Themes tab

HDWWIZ.CPL: opens add hardware wizard

IRPROPS.CPL: infrared utility tool

JOY.CP: opens game controllers settings

MMSYS.CPL: opens Sound and Audio device Properties. Volume tab

SYSDM.CPL: opens System properties

TELEPHON.CPL: Opens phone and Modem options

TIMEDATE.CPL: Date and Time properties

WSCUI.CPL: opens Windows Security Center

ACCESS.CPL: opens Accessibility Options

WUAUCPL.CPL: opens Automatic Updates

POWERCFG.CPL: opens Power Options Properties

AZMAN.MSC: opens authorisation management utility tool

CERTMGR.MSC: opens certificate management tool

COMPMGMT.MSC: opens the Computer management tool

COMEXP.MSC or DCOMCNFG: opens the Computer Services management tool

DEVMGMT.MSC: opens Device Manager

EVENTVWR or EVENTVWR.MSC: opens Event Viewer

FSMGMT.MSC: opens Shared Folders

NAPCLCFG.MSC: NAP Client configuration utility tool

SERVICES.MSC: opens Service manager

TASKSCHD.MSC or CONTROL SCHEDTASKS: opens Schedule Tasks manager

GPEDIT.MSC: opens Group Policy utility tool

LUSRMGR.MSC: opens Local Users and Groups

SECPOL.MSC: opens local security settings

CIADV.MSC: opens indexing service

NTMSMGR.MSC: removable storage manager

NTMSOPRQ.MSC: removable storage operator requests

WMIMGMT.MSC: opens (WMI) Window Management Instrumentation

PERFMON or PERFMON.MSC: opens the Performance monitor

MMC: opens empty Console

MDSCHED: opens memory diagnostics tools

DXDIAG: opens DirectX diagnostics tools

ODBCAD32: opens ODBC Data source Administrator

REGEDIT or REGEDT32: opens Registry Editor

DRWTSN32: opens Dr. Watson

VERIFIER: opens Driver Verifier Manager

CLICONFG: opens SQL Server Client Network Utility

UTILMAN: opens Utility Manager

COLORCPL: opens color management

CREDWIZ: back up and recovery tool for user passwords

MOBSYNC: opens Synchronization center

MSCONFIG: opens System Configuration Utility

SYSEDIT: opens System Configuration Editor (careful while using this command)

SYSKEY: Windows Account Database Security management (careful while using this command)


Windows utility and applications

EPLORER: Opens windows Explorer

IEXPLORER: Opens Internet explorer

WAB: opens Contacts

CHARMAP: opens Character Map

WRITE: opens WordPad

NOTEPAD: opens Notepad

CALC: opens Calculator

CLIPBRD: opens Clipbook Viewer

WINCHAT: opens Microsoft Chat Interface

SOUNDRECORDER: opens sound recording tool


WMPLAYER: opens Windows Media Player

MOVIEMK: Opens untitled Windows Movie Maker

OSK: opens on-screen Keyboard

MAGNIFY: opens Magnifier

WINCAL: opens Calendar

DIALER: opens phone Dialer

EUDCEDIT: opens Private Character Editor

NDVOL: opens the mixer volume

RSTRUI : opens Tool System Restore (For Vista only)

%WINDIR%\SYSTEM32\RESTORE\rstrui.exe: opens Tool System Restore (for XP only).

MSINFO32: Opens the System Information

MRT : launches the utility removal of malware.

Taskmgr : Opens the Windows Task Manager

CMD: opens a command prompt

MIGWIZ: Opens the tool for transferring files and settings from Windows (Vista only)

Migwiz.exe: Opens the tool for transferring files and settings from Windows (for XP only)

SIDEBAR: Open the Windows (Vista only)

Sigverif : Opens the tool for verification of signatures of files

Winver : Opens the window for your Windows version

FSQUIRT: Bluetooth Transfer Wizard

IExpress opens the wizard for creating self-extracting archives. Tutorial HERE

MBLCTR: opens the mobility center (Windows Vista only)

MSRA : Opens the Windows Remote Assistance

Mstsc : opens the tool connection Remote Desktop

MSDT: opens the diagnostic tools and support Microsoft

WERCON: opens the reporting tool and solutions to problems (for Vista only)

WINDOWSANYTIMEUPGRADE: Enables the upgrade of Windows Vista

WINWORD : opens Word (if installed)

PRINTBRMUI : Opens migration wizard printer (Vista only)


Disk management

DISKMGMT.MSC: opens disk management utility

CLEANMGR: opens disk drive clean up utility

DFRG.MSC: opens disk defragmenter

CHKDSK: complete analysis of disk partition

DISKPART: disk partitioning tool


Connection management

IPCONFIG: list the configuration of IP addresses on your PC (for more information type IPCONFIG/? in the CMD menu)

INETCPL.CPL: opens internet properties

FIREWALL.CPL: opens windows firewall

NETSETUP.CPL: opens network setup wizard


Miscellaneous commands

JAVAWS: View the cover of JAVA software (if installed)

AC3FILTER.CPL: Opens the properties AC3 Filter (if installed)

FIREFOX: Mozilla launches Firefox (if installed)

NETPROJ: allow or not connecting to a network projector (For Vista only)

LOGOFF: closes the current session

SHUTDOWN: shut down Windows

SHUTDOWN-A: to interrupt Windows shutdown

%WINDIR% or %SYSTEMROOT%: opens the Windows installation

%PROGRAMFILES%: Opens the folder where you installed other programs (Program Files)

%USERPROFILE%: opens the profile of the user currently logged

%HOMEDRIVE%: opens the browser on the partition or the operating system is installed

%HOMEPATH%: opens the currently logged user C: \ Documents and Settings \ [username]

%TEMP%: opens the temporary folder

VSP1CLN: deletes the cache for installation of the service pack 1 for Vista

System File Checker (Requires Windows CD if the cache is not available):

SFC / scannow: immediately scans all system files and repairs damaged files

SFC / VERIFYONLY: scans only those files system

SFC / Scanfil = "name and file path": scans the specified file, and repaired if damaged

SFC / VERIFYFILE = "name and file path": Scans only the file specified

SFC / scanonce: scans the system files on the next restart

SFC / REVERT: return the initial configuration (For more information, type SFC /? In the command prompt CMD.

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