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177+ awesome / useful Windows run commands full list

Updated on September 20, 2011

All the Run Commands written here works in the Windows XP as well as Windows vista and Windows 7 Operating systems. Every now and then, we need to open an application associated with the shortcut commands installed. To open the run dialogue box where you can enter the run commands click start and then select Run or even faster hold down the Windows key on your keyboard and press 'R' (windows key+R) this will open the run command console where you can then type in your desired command.

hold windows key and press 'R'

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Accessibility Controls – access.cpl
Accessibility Wizard – accwiz
Add Hardware Wizard- hdwwiz.cpl
Add/Remove Programs – appwiz.cpl
Administrative Tools – control admintools
Adobe Acrobat (IF IT’S INSTALLED)- acrobat
Adobe Designer(IF IT’S INSTALLED)- acrodist
Adobe Distiller (IF IT’S INSTALLED)- acrodist
Adobe Image Ready (IF IT’S INSTALLED)- imageready
Adobe Photoshop (IF IT’S INSTALLED) – photoshop
Automatic Updates – wuaucpl.cpl


Basic Media Player - mplay32

Bluetooth Transfer Wizard – fsquirt

Calculator – calc
Certificate Manager – certmgr.msc
Character Map - charmap
Check Disk Utility – chkdsk
Clipboard Viewer – clipbrd
Command Prompt – cmd - command
Component Services – dcomcnfg
Compare files - comp
Computer Management – compmgmt.msc
Control Panel – control
Create a shared folder wizerd – shrpubw

Date and Time Properties – timedate.cpl
DDE Shares – ddeshare
Device Manager - devmgmt.msc
Direct X Control Panel (IF IT’S INSTALLED)* – directx.cpl
Direct X Troubleshooter – dxdiag
Disk Cleanup Utility – cleanmgr
Disk Defragment – dfrg.msc
Disk Management - diskmgmt.msc
Disk Partition Manager - diskpart
Display Properties – control desktop
Display Properties – desk.cpl
Display Properties (Appearance) – control color
Dr. Watson (system troubleshooting) - drwtsn32
Driver Verifier Utility – verifier

Ethereal(IF IT’S INSTALLED) - ethereal
Event Viewer - eventvwr.msc

Files and Settings Transfer Tool – migwiz
File Signature Verification Tool – sigverif
Findfast - findfast.cpl
Firefox (IF IT’S INSTALLED) - firefox
Folders Properties – control folders
Fonts – control fonts
Fonts Folder - fonts
Free Cell Card Game – freecell

Game Controllers – joy.cpl
Group Policy Editor (XP Prof) – gpedit.msc

Hearts Card Game – mshearts
Help and Support – helpctr
HyperTerminal – hypertrm
Hotline Client - hotlineclient

Iexpress Wizard –- iexpress(it’s a funny tool, see it!)
Indexing Service – ciadv.msc
Internet Connection Wizard – icwconn1
Internet Explorer - iexplore
Internet Properties - inetcpl.cpl
Internet Setup Wizard - inetwiz
IP Configuration (internet connection configuration tool)- ipconfig /all
IP Configuration (DNS Cache Contents will show) – ipconfig /displaydns
IP Configuration (DNS Cache Contents will delete) - 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

Java Control Panel (IF IT’S INSTALLED) - jpicpl32.cpl
Java Control Panel (IF IT’S INSTALLED) - javaws

Keyboard Properties – control keyboard

Local Security Settings – secpol.msc
Local Users and Groups – lusrmgr.msc
Logs You Out Of Windows – logoff

Malicious Software Removal Tool – mrt
Microsoft Access (IF IT’S INSTALLED) - access.cpl
Microsoft Chat – winchat
Microsoft Excel (IF IT’S INSTALLED) –- excel
Microsoft Diskpart - diskpart
Microsoft Frontpage (IF IT’S INSTALLED) –- frontpg
Microsoft Movie Maker – moviemk
Microsoft management console- mmc
Microsoft Paint – mspaint
Microsoft Powerpoint (IF IT’S INSTALLED)- – powerpnt
Microsoft Word (IF IT’S INSTALLED) –- winword
Microsoft Syncronization Tool - mobsync
Minesweeper Game – winmine
Mouse Properties – control mouse
Mouse Properties – main.cpl
MS-DOS Editor - edit
MS-DOS FTP - ftp

Nero (IF IT’S INSTALLED) - nero
Netmeeting – conf
Network Connections – control netconnections
Network Connections- ncpa.cpl
Network Setup Wizard - netsetup.cpl
Notepad - notepad
Nview Desktop Manager (IF IT’S INSTALLED) –- nvtuicpl.cpl

Object Packager – packager
ODBC Data Source Administrator - odbccp32.cpl
On Screen Keyboard – osk
Opens AC3 Filter (IF IT’S INSTALLED)- ac3filter.cpl
Outlook Express – msimn

Paint – pbrush
Password Properties – password.cpl
Performance Monitor – perfmon.msc
Performance Monitor – perfmon
Phone and Modem Options - telephon.cpl
Phone Dialer - dialer
Pinball Game - pinball
Power Configuration – powercfg.cpl
Printers and Faxes – control printers
Printers Folder – printers
Prefetch folder- prefetch
Private Character Editor - eudcedit


Quicktime (IF IT’S INSTALLED) –- QuickTime.cpl
Quicktime Player (IF IT’S INSTALLED) –- quicktimeplayer

Real Player (IF IT’S INSTALLED) –- realplay
Recent items- recent
Regional Settings – intl.cpl
Registry Editor – regedit
Registry Editor – regedit32
Remote Access Phonebook – rasphone
Remote Desktop - mstsc
Removable Storage – ntmsmgr.msc
Removable Storage Operator Requests – ntmsoprq.msc
Resultant Set of Policy (XP Proffessional) – rsop.msc

Scanners and Cameras – sticpl.cpl
Scheduled Tasks – control schedtasks
Security Center – wscui.cpl
Services – services.msc
Sharing session - rtcshare
Shared Folders – fsmgmt.msc
Shuts Down Windows - shutdown
Sound recorder - sndrec32
Sounds and Audio - mmsys.cpl
Spider Solitare Card Game – spider
SQL Client Configuration - cliconfg
System Configuration Editor – sysedit
System Configuration Utility - msconfig
System File Checker Utility ( to instant file check) -– sfc /scannow
System File Checker Utility (next checking, when restart])- sfc /scanonce
System File Checker Utility (always check when pc start)- 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
System Information – msinfo32
System Properties – sysdm.cpl

Task Manager – taskmgr
TCP Tester - tcptest
Telnet Client – telnet
Tree- tree
Tweak UI (IF IT’S INSTALLED) - tweakui

User Account Management – nusrmgr.cpl
Utility Manager – utilman

Volume Serial Number for C: - label
Volume Control - sndvol32

Windows Address Book – wab
Windows Address Book Import Utility – wabmig
Windows Backup Utility (IF IT’S INSTALLED) - ntbackup
Windows Explorer – explorer
Windows Firewall - firewall.cpl
Windows installer details - msiexec
Windows Address Book – wab
Windows Address Book Import Utility – wabmig
Windows Magnifier - magnify
Windows Management Infrastructure - wmimgmt.msc
Windows Media Player – wmplayer
Windows Messenger – msmsgs
Windows Picture Import Wizard (must have camera)- wiaacmgr
Windows System Security Tool – syskey
Windows Update Launches – wupdmgr
Windows Version (to windows version) – winver
Windows XP Tour Wizard – tourstar
Wordpad - write

Zoom Utility- igfxzoom


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      prakash chhetri 

      16 months ago

      thank u nice commands

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      Bikash Kuma 

      22 months ago

      Ist good

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      4 years ago

      very nice post sir

      thank you very much

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      Hemanth Kumar 

      4 years ago

      Very useful commands, thank for posting

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      4 years ago

      realy helpful to me.

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      Sadiq Amin Chitrali 

      5 years ago

      Thanx For Awesome nice Commands.....

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      6 years ago

      A windows run commands are very simple, simply its a command name of actual file used to execute the particular application. These commands are mostly used to access a particular program more quickly.

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      kundan sinha 

      6 years ago

      it helps me in my work as well as to do some work easily and faster.

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      7 years ago

      wow,its like a whole package which build our p c so attractive and professional

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      8 years ago

      Jotil Collection.

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      Prashant Suthar 

      8 years ago

      thanks for the sharing its interesting...?

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      8 years ago

      it roccccccccccckkkkkkkxxxxxxx.....:-)

    • ltstajul profile image


      8 years ago from gazipur

      nice post! some awesome collection run commands.

    • profile image

      Aditi Chopra 

      8 years ago

      Its awesome collection of run commands!

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      8 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Those look very interesting, but I would be afraid to use most of them.

      Thanks for sharing.

    • ankandhk profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from A blessing from Almighty God!

      yes there is also for ubuntu. I will give another hub about it soon!

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      8 years ago

      nice post! System Configuration Utility - msconfig" is a very useful one,

      Is there any command/shortcuts for linux/ubuntu?

    • ankandhk profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from A blessing from Almighty God!

      thanks for nice comment!

    • ewu321 profile image


      8 years ago

      Very useful!

      Some commands are awsome and funny!

      and many I don't know before!


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