Windows Run & Command Prompt Cheat Sheet

By Shekhar Sahu on 18 March 2010 7:02 PM


Windows run command shortcut Cheat Sheet Image

In many earlier posts, you may have come across some strange windows run commands like gpedit.msc in "Increase internet speed" and many more.

Now it's time to look at some useful run commands which may give you quick access to all hidden features. commands make it easy to navigate the services & utilities.

Who likes to use a mouse? Press [Win]+[R] key to access the run command.

Let's explore it together 

Tools Around

cmdWindows Command Prompt
tskmgrTaskmanager, to see the resources
clipbrdWindows Clipboard Viewer, you can save the clipboard too!
excelMS Excel
dvdplayPlay DVDs with default autorun option
explorerWindows explorer, useful if explorer has stopped working
frontpgMicrosoft FrontPage a web designer
igfxzoomZoom Utility by Intel
magnifyWindows Magnifier
mobsyncMS Synchronization if you installed MS Office
moviemkWindows Movie Maker
mplay32A simple media player
mspaintMS Paint
mstscOpens Remote Desktop
mswordMS Word from MS Office
the simplest word processor
oskOn screen Keyboard, use it to type using the mouse
powerpntMS PowerPoint
snippingtoolScreen Capture tool bundled with Vista & 7
soundrecorderSound Recorder records for 5 minutes
stikynotePuts a sticky note on the desktop if installed
wmpayerWindows Media Player, can play all popular media formates
writeWordpad, this has more features than notepad
ciadv.mscManage Indexing service

more stuffs.......

System Diagnostics And Fixes

defrag < drive letter >Defrags the drive with CUI
dfrguiDefrags the disk with GUI
chkdskChecks disk for error and fixes
diskmgmtDisk Management
dcomcnfgManage system services
cleanmgrDisk Cleaning, removes junk and temp files
verifierVerifies the drivers
msdtMS Support Diagnostic tool
perfmonPerformance Monitor
msinfo32System Information
sysdm.cplSystem Properties, gives all hardware and system information
sdcltBackup of your system
helpctrHelp and Support Center
tcptestTCP tester

System Management

gpedit.mscGroup Policy Editor, may help you to increase your internet speed
javawsJava Control Panel
msconfigSystem Control Utility, includes startup programs, boot.ini etc.
RegEditRegistry Editor
appwiz.cplAdd or Remove Programs wizard
desk.cplDisplay Properties
devmgmt.mscDevice Management, manage your entire system
fontsFonts Folder
directx.cplDirectX Control
dpinstOpens device driver installation wizard
eventvwr.mscEvent Viewer
hdwwiz.cplAdd new hardware wizard
intl.cplOpens regional and language options
mmsys.cplSounds and Audio Devices properties
powercfg.cplPower option properties, control your power options
secpol.mscLocal security settings
syseditSystem configuration editor
timedate.cplManage date and time controls
utilmanUtility Manager, manage on screen keyboard, narrator & magnifier
wscui.cplOpens windows security center
fsmgmt.mscManage shared folders

Control Panel & Control Options

controlOpens the control panel
control foldersFolder Options
control admintoolsAdministrative tools
control colorAppearance desktop property
control desktopDesktop properties
control fontOpens fonts folder
control keyboardKeyboard properties
control mouseMouse properties
control netconnectionsControl all network connections
control schedtasksManage scheduled tasks


c:,i: etcOpens the drive in win explorer
signverifVerify the signatures
compCompare 2 files
migwizMigration Wizard
logoffLog off the current user
shutdownShutdown system
ipconfigConfigure TCP/IP
ipconfig/allDisplays Current settings
ipconfig/displaydnsDisplays DNS cache
ipconfig/flushdnsFlushes DNS cache
ipconfig/registerdnsRegistration of DNS records
wf.mscWindows firewall & security
firewall.cplWindows firewall
inetwizInternet connection wizard

Shekhar Sahu

I hope you enjoyed the post! If you have any more run commands, Do share with us! We will include your's in our cheat sheet.

14 comments for this post

Thats a huge list and Thanks for sharing.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 3:50 PM  

Cool! bro, i think in windows 7, we can use these on start menu's search box right? (cmd works :D)

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 10:42 PM  

@pubudu you can use them from start>run (officially :) or "Win key" + R

@NavaPavan I just knew 70% of the list thanks to my friends who helped me to collect more.

Thank you friends for visiting.

Posted on March 20, 2010 at 7:38 AM  

This is the most comprehensive list of windows run commands that I have seen in a long time!

Posted on March 20, 2010 at 9:54 AM  

This is perhaps most complete list on commands I have ever seen. Good work.

Posted on March 20, 2010 at 7:11 PM  

I didn't add more because of the compatibility issue of win 7 :(

Posted on March 22, 2010 at 6:36 PM  

You sure know quite a lot in windows... You can do practically everything with command prompt, right from starting the computer to destroying it permanently :P

Posted on March 22, 2010 at 8:29 PM  

I was unaware about them. Great list.

Posted on March 22, 2010 at 9:26 PM  

there is a limitation in windows that its not open source :(

Posted on March 23, 2010 at 5:13 AM  

Wow that is a long list...did not know many of those commands...they can come quite handy sometimes...This got to be bookmarked

Posted on March 23, 2010 at 12:38 PM  

@Shekhar Sahu
Well the copyright by microsoft does not stop me.. US laws say its legal as long as its only personal testing use....

Posted on March 23, 2010 at 4:46 PM  

Appreciated ... Its very useful ...

Posted on October 26, 2010 at 11:22 AM  

Thats a huge list and Thanks for sharing.

Posted on November 28, 2010 at 3:35 PM  

You sure know quite a lot in windows... You can do practically everything with command prompt, right from starting the computer to destroying it permanently :P

Posted on November 28, 2010 at 3:35 PM  

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