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Useful Windows Commands

Configuration / Control Panel

Administrator / Power User Corner

To Access Run Command
Group Policy Editor (XP Prof) gpedit.msc
Local Security Settings secpol.msc
Local Users and Groups lusrmgr.msc
Component Services dcomcnfg
Computer Management compmgmt.msc
Device Manager devmgmt.msc
Indexing Service ciadv.msc
Security Center wscui.cpl
Resultant Set of Policy (XP Prof) rsop.msc
Registry Editor regedit
Registry Editor regedit32
Remote Access Phonebook rasphone
Remote Desktop mstsc
Removable Storage ntmsmgr.msc
Removable Storage Operator Requests ntmsoprq.msc
Services services.msc
Shared Folders fsmgmt.msc
System Configuration Editor sysedit
System Configuration Utility msconfig
System Properties sysdm.cpl
User Account Management nusrmgr.cpl
Windows Management Infrastructure wmimgmt.msc
Windows System Security Tool syskey
Windows Update Launches wupdmgr
Password Properties password.cpl
Performance Monitor perfmon.msc
Performance Monitor perfmon
Private Character Editor eudcedit
SQL Client Configuration cliconfg

User Corner

To Access Run Command
Control Panel control
Date and Time Properties timedate.cpl
Accessibility Controls access.cpl
Accessibility Wizard accwiz
Add Hardware Wizard hdwwiz.cpl
Add/Remove Programs appwiz.cpl
Administrative Tools control admintools
Automatic Updates wuaucpl.cpl
Calculator calc
Certificate Manager certmgr.msc
Direct X Control Panel (If Installed)* directx.cpl
Display Properties control desktop
Display Properties desk.cpl
Display Properties (w/Appearance Tab Preselected) control color
Java Control Panel (If Installed) jpicpl32.cpl
Java Control Panel (If Installed) javaws
Mouse Properties control mouse
Mouse Properties main.cpl
Phone and Modem Options telephon.cpl
Phone Dialer dialer
Power Configuration powercfg.cpl
Printers and Faxes control printers
Printers Folder printers
Regional Settings intl.cpl
Scanners and Cameras sticpl.cpl
Scheduled Tasks control schedtasks
Fonts control fonts
Game Controllers joy.cpl
Folders Properties control folders
Fonts Folder fonts
Keyboard Properties control keyboard
ODBC Data Source Administrator odbccp32.cpl
Sounds and Audio mmsys.cpl
Tweak UI (if installed) tweakui

Network Configuration / Tools

To Access Run Command
Internet Connection Wizard icwconn1
Internet Explorer iexplore
Internet Properties inetcpl.cpl
Internet Setup Wizard inetwiz
IP Configuration (Display Connection Configuration) ipconfig /all
IP Configuration (Display DNS Cache Contents) ipconfig /displaydns
IP Configuration (Delete DNS Cache Contents) ipconfig /flushdns
IP Configuration (Release All Connections) ipconfig /release
IP Configuration (Renew All Connections) ipconfig /renew
IP Configuration (Refreshes DHCP & Re-Registers DNS) ipconfig /registerdns
IP Configuration (Display DHCP Class ID) ipconfig /showclassid
IP Configuration (Modifies DHCP Class ID) ipconfig /setclassid
Network Connections control netconnections
Network Connections ncpa.cpl
Network Setup Wizard netsetup.cpl
Netmeeting conf
Bluetooth Transfer Wizard fsquirt
Telnet Client telnet
Windows Firewall firewall.cpl
Netsh is a command-line scripting utility netsh

System Maintenance

To Access Run Command
Disk Cleanup Utility cleanmgr
Disk Defragment dfrg.msc
Disk Management diskmgmt.msc
Disk Partition Manager diskpart
Check Disk Utility chkdsk
System File Checker Utility (Scan Immediately) sfc /scannow
System File Checker Utility (Scan Once At Next Boot) sfc /scanonce
System File Checker Utility (Scan On Every Boot) sfc /scanboot
System File Checker Utility (Return to Default Setting) sfc /revert
System File Checker Utility (Purge File Cache) sfc /purgecache
System File Checker Utility (Set Cache Size to size x) sfc /cachesize=x

Troubleshooting / System Diagnostics / System Information

To Access Run Command
Direct X Troubleshooter dxdiag
Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting Utility drwtsn32
Driver Verifier Utility verifier
Event Viewer eventvwr.msc
File Signature Verification Tool sigverif
Task Manager taskmgr
TCP Tester tcptest
System Information msinfo32
Windows Version (to show which version of windows) winver


To Access Run Command
Malicious Software Removal Tool mrt

User / session control

To Access Run Command
Logs You Out Of Windows logoff
Shuts Down Windows shutdown


To Access Run Command
Notepad notepad
Wordpad write
Paint pbrush
Utility Manager utilman
Windows Media Player wmplayer
Windows Messenger msmsgs
Windows Picture Import Wizard (need camera connected) wiaacmgr
Windows XP Tour Wizard tourstart
Character Map charmap
Windows Address Book wab
Windows Address Book Import Utility wabmig
Windows Backup Utility (if installed) ntbackup
Windows Explorer explorer
Windows Magnifier magnify
Clipboard Viewer clipbrd
Command Prompt cmd
DDE Shares ddeshare
Files and Settings Transfer Tool migwiz
Findfast findfast.cpl
Help and Support helpctr
HyperTerminal hypertrm
Iexpress Wizard iexpress
Microsoft Chat winchat
Microsoft Syncronization Tool mobsync
Object Packager packager
On Screen Keyboard osk
Outlook Express msimn