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Common Windows Run Line Commands

I have compiled a list of useful commonly used run-line commands for Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7. These commands are used from the Run line (Start/Run).  Using run-line commands is often a quicker way of accessing a program or a Windows service, instead of clicking through a series of screens and options to get where you want to go.

Function Command (Run from Start/Run) Description
Accessibility access.cpl Windows Accessibility Control Panel
Hardware Wizard hdwwiz.cpl Hardware Installation Wizard
Add/Remove Programs appwiz.cpl Adding or removing programs or Windows components
Administrative Tools certmgr.msc Windows Administrative Tools Console
Calculator calc Windows Calculator
Character Map charmap Used to copy and paste accented letters and other foreign language characters characters.
Check Disk chkdsk Windows hard disk diagnostic utility
Command Prompt cmd DOS command window
Component Services dcomcnfg Windows Component Services Management Console
Computer Management compmgmt.msc Windows Computer Management Console
Control Panel control Windows Control Panel
Date/Time timedatecpl Windows Date and Time management
Device Manager devmgmt.msc Windows Device Manager Console
Disk Cleanup cleanmgr Cleans out temporary files and junk files
Disk Defragmenter dfrg.msc Windows built-in hard disk defragmenter
Display Properties desk.cpl Control display resolution, desktop, screensaver, and multi-monitor configuration
Driver Verifier verifier Used for troubleshooting driver issues
Event Viewer eventvwr.msc Application, Security, and System event logging
File Signature Verification sigverif Signed Driver Verification
Font Viewer fontview Provides a graphical view of installed fonts
File Transfer Protocol cmd/ftp File transfer Protocol
Group Policy Editor gpedit.msc Administering local system and security policies
Microsoft System Information msinfo32 Displays a comprehensive view of your hardware, system components, and software environment.
NetStat cmd/netstat A command-line tool that displays network connections (both incoming and outgoing), routing tables, and a number of network interface statistics
Network Connections ncpa.cpl Displays network connections
Note Pad notepad Windows Note Pad application
Object Packager packager A Windows utility that embeds a document as an icon inside another document.
ODBC Data Source Manager odbccp32.cpl Manage database drivers and data sources
Onscreen Keyboard osk A virtual onscreen keyboard component of Windows
Performance Monitor perfmon.msc Displays system performance statistics and measures
Phone/Modem Options telephon.cpl Displays Phone and Modem options
Power Configuration powercfg.cpl Displays Power Configuration options
Printers and Faxes control printers Printer and Fax configuration utility
Regional Settings intl.cpl Regional and Language options configuration utility
Registry Editor regedit Edits values and settings for Windows operating systems, hardware, and software environments.
Remote Desktop mstsc Windows Remote Desktop Utility
Removable Storage ntmsmgr.msc Removable Storage Management
Security Center wscui.cpl Opens the  Windows Security Center
Services services.msc Windows Services management utility
System Configuration Editor sysedit Windows System Configuration Editor
System Configuration Utility msconfig Windows Boot and Startup  Options
System File Checker  cmd/sfc (Requires Windows Installation CD)
cmd/sfc /scannow Scans system immediately
cmd/sfc /scanonce Scans system at next boot
cmd/sfc /scanboot Scans system on every boot
cmd/sfc /revert Retruns to default settings
cmd/sfc /purgecache Purge file cache
cmd/sfc /cachesize=x Sets cache size to x
System Properties sysdm.cpl Displays System Properties
Task Manager taskmgr Displays Windows Task Manager utility
Telmet Client cmd/telnet A network protocol that allows a user on one computer to log on to another computer
Tracert cmd/tracert A computer network tool used to show the route taken by packets across an IP network
Windows Account Management nusrmgr.cpl Displays User Accounts Management console
Utility Manager utilman Displays User Interface and Accessibility options
Windows Explorer explorer Displays Windows file manager application
Windows Firewall firewall.cpl Windows Firewall Configuration
Windows Shutdown shutdown Shuts down Windows and turns off computer
Windows Security syskey Utility that encrypts the hashed password information in a SAM database
Windows Update updmgr Windows Update Utility

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