Hot Take Windows Command code

Valentin N

Level 2
Thread author
Feb 25, 2011
I though that we all could share important and useful commands in run/start menu. We should also say what they do and how what they are goeverod for.

In order to make the commands clear don't add any text or comments, just codes and what they have for function; this way we will only see the code and keep everything nice and clear :) If something is wrong or added text needs to be added please send PMs.

Since not all commands won't work on all versions of Windows, please add which verison they won't work in [version of the windows e.g Windows 64bit Home Premium]

Make sure to backup your system before you begin to explore and change settings.

msconfig - you are able to make change that might speed up your computer. Here you can disable startups as well as services.

services.msc - You are able to check what servcies you have and decide if they should start manually, automatically or you simply disable the wanted services, e.g windows firewall can be disable as well as windows defender if you have other security suit

An advanced tool for viewing and changing settings in your system registry, which contains information about how your computer runs.

Group Policy is a set of rules which control the working environment of user accounts and computer accounts.


Staff Member
Jan 8, 2011
Make sure you backup your system before using these advanced tools part of Windows.

Registry Editor

- An advanced tool for viewing and changing settings in your system registry, which contains information about how your computer runs.


Local Group Policy Editor


- Group Policy is a set of rules which control the working environment of user accounts and computer accounts.

Limited to:

Correct me if I'm wrong via PM. To respect the OP thread wishes, please post with useful information in a presentable way. Thanks. :D


Level 85
Honorary Member
Mar 15, 2011

devmgmt.msc- It allows users to view and control the hardware attached to the computer.


chkdsk- is a command on computers running DOS, OS/2 and Microsoft Windows operating systems that displays the file system integrity status of hard disks and floppy disk and can fix logical file system errors.

System File Checker Utility (Scan Immediately)	sfc /scannow
System File Checker Utility (Scan Once At The Next Boot)	sfc /scanonce
System File Checker Utility (Scan On Every Boot)	sfc /scanboot
System File Checker Utility (Return Scan Setting To Default)	sfc /revert
System File Checker Utility (Purge File Cache)	sfc /purgecache
System File Checker Utility (Sets Cache Size to size x)	sfc /cachesize=x


Level 1
Dec 28, 2011
Windows logo key + R

Administrative Tools

Authorization Manager = azman.msc
Component Services = dcomcnfg
Certificate Manager = certmgr.msc
Direct X Troubleshooter = dxdiag
Display Languages = lpksetup
ODBC Data Source Administrator = odbcad32
File Signature Verification Tool = sigverif
Group Policy Editor = gpedit.msc
Add Hardware Wizard = hdwwiz.cpl
iSCSI Initiator = iscsicpl
Iexpress Wizard = iexpress
Local Security Settings = secpol.msc
Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool = msdt
Microsoft Management Console = mmc
Print management = printmanagement.msc
Printer User Interface = printui
Problems Steps Recorder = psr
People Near Me = p2phost
Registry Editor = regedit or regedt32
Resoure Monitor = resmon
System Configuration Utility = msconfig
Resultant Set of Policy = rsop.msc
SQL Server Client Configuration = cliconfg
Task Manager = taskmgr
Trusted Platform Module = tpm.msc
TPM Security Hardware = TpmInit
Windows Remote Assistance = msra
Windows Share Folder Creation Wizard = shrpubw
Windows Standalong Update Manager = wusa
Windows System Security Tool = syskey
Windows Script Host Settings = wscript
Windows Version = winver
Windows Firewall with Advanced Security = wf.msc
Windows Memory Diagnostic = MdSched
Windows Malicious Removal Tool = mrt

Computer Management

Computer Management = compmgmt.msc or CompMgmtLauncher
Task Scheduler = control schedtasks
Event Viewer = eventvwr.msc
Shared Folders/MMC = fsmgmt.msc
Local Users and Groups = lusrmgr.msc
Performance Monitor = perfmon.msc
Device Manager = devmgmt.msc
Disk Management = diskmgmt.msc
Services = services.msc
Windows Management Infrastructure = wmimgmt.msc

Conrtol Panel

Control Panel = control
Action Center= wscui.cpl
Autoplay = control.exe /name Microsoft.autoplay
Backup and Restore = sdclt
Create a System Repair disc = recdisc
BDE Administrator = bdeadmin.cpl
Color Management = colorcpl
Credential Manager = control.exe /name Microsoft.CredentialManager
Credential Manager Stored User Names and Passwords = credwiz
Date and Time Properties = timedate.cpl
Default Programs = control.exe /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms
Set Program Access and Computer Defaults = control appwiz.cpl,,3 or ComputerDefaults
Devices and Printers = control printers
Devices and Printers Add a Device = DevicePairingWizard
Display = dpiscaling
Screen Resolution = desk.cpl
Display Color Calibration = dccw
Cleartype Text Tuner = cttune
Folders Options = control folders
Fonts = control fonts
Getting Started = GettingStarted
HomeGroup = control.exe /name Microsoft.HomeGroup
Indexing Options = control.exe /name Microsoft.IndexingOptions
Internet Properties = inetcpl.cpl
Keyboard = control keyboard
Location and Other Sensors = control.exe /name Microsoft.LocationandOtherSensors
Location Notifications = LocationNotifications
Mouse = control mouse or main.cpl
Network and Sharing Center = control.exe /name Microsoft.NetworkandSharingCenter
Network Connections = control netconnections or ncpa.cpl
Notification Area Icons = control.exe /name Microsoft.NotificationAreaIcons
Parental Controls = control.exe /name Microsoft.ParentalControls
Performance Information = control.exe /name Microsoft.PerformanceInformationandTools
Personalization = control desktop
Windows Color and Appearance = control color
Phone and Modem Options = telephon.cpl
Power Configuration = powercfg.cpl
Programs and Features = appwiz.cpl or control appwiz.cpl
Optional Features Manager = optionalfeatures or control appwiz.cpl,,2
Recovery = control.exe /name Microsoft.Recovery
Regional and Language = intl.cpl
RemoteApp = control.exe /name Microsoft.RemoteAppandDesktopConnections
Sound = mmsys.cpl
Volume Mixer = sndvol
System Properties = sysdm.cpl or Windows logo key + Pause/Break
SP ComputerName Tab = SystemPropertiesComputerName
SP Hardware Tab = SystemPropertiesHardware
SP Advanced Tab = SystemPropertiesAdvanced
SP Performance = SystemPropertiesPerformance
SP Data Execution Prevention = SystemPropertiesDataExecutionPrevention
SP Protection Tab = SystemPropertiesProtection
SP Remote Tab = SystemPropertiesRemote
Windows Activation = slui
Windows Activation Phone Numbers = slui 4
Taskbar and Start Menu = control.exe /name Microsoft.TaskbarandStartMenu
Troubleshooting = control.exe /name Microsoft.Troubleshooting
User Accounts = control.exe /name Microsoft.UserAccounts
User Account Control Settings = UserAccountControlSettings
User Accounts Windows 2000/domain version = netplwiz or control userpasswords2
Encryption File System = rekeywiz
Windows Anytime Upgrade = WindowsAnytimeUpgradeui
Windows Anytime Upgrade Results = WindowsAnytimeUpgradeResults
Windows CardSpace = control.exe /name Microsoft.cardspace
Windows Firewall = firewall.cpl
WindowsSideshow = control.exe /name Microsoft.WindowsSideshow
Windows Update App Manager = wuapp


Calculator = calc
Command Prompt = cmd
Connect to a Network Projector = NetProj
Presentation Settings = PresentationSettings
Connect to a Projector = displayswitch or Windows logo key + P
Notepad = notepad
Microsoft Paint = mspaint.exe
Remote Desktop Connection = mstsc
Run = Windows logo key + R
Snipping Tool = snippingtool
Sound Recorder = soundrecorder
Sticky Note = StikyNot
Sync Center = mobsync
Windows Mobility Center (Only on Laptops) = mblctr or Windows logo key + X
Windows Explorer = explorer or Windows logo key + E
Wordpad = write
Ease of Access Center = utilman or Windows logo key + U
Magnifier = magnify
Narrator = Narrator
On Screen Keyboard = osk
Private Character Editor = eudcedit
Character Map = charmap
Ditilizer Calibration Tool = tabcal
Disk Cleanup Utility = cleanmgr
Defragment User Interface = dfrgui
Internet Explorer = iexplore
Rating System = ticrf
Internet Explorer (No Add-ons) = iexplore -extoff
Internet Explorer (No Home) = iexplore about:blank
Phone Dialer = dialer
Printer Migration = PrintBrmUi
System Information = msinfo32
System Restore = rstrui
Windows Easy Transfer = migwiz
Windows Media Player = wmplayer
Windows Media Player DVD Player = dvdplay
Windows Fax and Scan Cover Page Editor = fxscover
Windows Fax and Scan = wfs
Windows Image Acquisition = wiaacmgr
Windows PowerShell ISE = powershell_ise
Windows PowerShell = powershell
XPS Viewer = xpsrchvw

Open Documents folder = documents
Open Pictures folder = pictures
Open Music folder = music
Open Videos folder = videos
Open Downloads folder = downloads
Open Favorites folder = favorites
Open Recent folder = recent
Logs out of Windows = logoff
Locks User Account = Windows logo Key + L


Level 4
Honorary Member
Aug 23, 2011
I use some of these commands quite often, but there are others that I didn't know of.

Thanks to all of you for sharing your information. :)

lol I taught my classmate the command to perform shutdown operations. I told him a trick to make a shortcut under the name and the icon of Internet Explorer and pinned it to the taskbar. So when another user who uses our computers try to open IE, he instead gets his computer shut down. :p
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Sep 18, 2013

to Create a Copy of Current Registry Hives... but can only be done using Installation Media Disc


New Member
Sep 18, 2013
DIR C:\WIN* (Replace C with Drive Letters)

To Check Drive directories..

I normally, use it when it do not know what of my Drive contains Windows directory
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jim lin

Level 8
Aug 6, 2012
DirectX Diagnostic Tool

Click Start, and then click Run.
Type dxdiag, and then click OK.
On the System tab, note the version of DirectX that is displayed on the DirectX Version line.
On the various tabs, check the version information for each DirectX file.
When you are finished checking file versions, click Exit.

works for:
Windows 8
Windows 7
Windows Server 2008
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Windows Server 2003

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jim lin

Level 8
Aug 6, 2012
i run Windows 8 and ran System File Checker (sfc /scannow) from a administrator command prompt and it found
and could not fix some corrupt system files so i ran this tool from a administrator command prompt it's called
Deployment Image Servicing and Management Tool and it fixed the corrupt files i'm not sure what other OS it
works on but it helped with Windows 8

from a administrator command prompt i ran both of these commands
1.dism /online /cleanup-image /checkhealth

after i ran
2.dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

the restorehealth command can take 20min or more to run do not stop it let it finish

then i ran sfc /scannow again and no more corrupt system files




Level 3
Feb 3, 2017
ipconfig - displays the IP networking configuration of the current network connection.

ipconfig /all displays the configuration for all adapters (physical and virtual)

ipconfig /release - removes ip addressing information from a network adapter (if using DHCP - automatic configuration)

ipconfig /renew - requests a new ip configuration including ip address, subnet mask, default gateway and DNS configuration.)


Level 3
Feb 3, 2017
OK Then what about this command:

net user "Admin" /add && net localgroup administrators "Admin" /add

Creates a new user called Admin and adds it to the local Administrators group. :)


Level 36
Top Poster
Content Creator
May 13, 2017
Windows wmic command line command

Wmic is not very well known command, you can do tons of stuff with it, I use it for network setup.

wmic nicconfig where DHCPEnabled=TRUE call SetDNSServerSearchOrder ("","")
Setup DNS Servers on DHCP Enabled Network (OpenDNS)

wmic nicconfig where macaddress="D0:17:C2:D0:30:DC" call EnableStatic (""), ("")
wmic nicconfig where macaddress="D0:17:C2:D0:30:DC" call SetDNSServerSearchOrder ("","")
wmic nicconfig where macaddress="D0:17:C2:D0:30:DC" call SetGateways ("")
Setup IP, Gateway and DNS Servers based on the MAC address (it is more practical than using a name)
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Level 1
Jun 22, 2017
Yes wmic easy and very user full

start cmd and enter wmic command, type /? you can get everything you want.

here a few example to me;

Memory size
wmic MEMORYCHIP get BankLabel,DeviceLocator,Capacity,Tag

Sett password expire never for local account;

WMIC USERACCOUNT WHERE "Name='staunch' and LocalAccount=true" set PasswordExpires=False

serial number;
wmic bios get serialnumber


Level 36
Top Poster
Content Creator
May 13, 2017
I have just recently found out, how to disable pagefile, via wmic, after several years. :rolleyes:

wmic computersystem where name="%computername%" set AutomaticManagedPagefile=False
wmic pagefileset where name="%SystemDrive%\\pagefile.sys" set InitialSize=0,MaximumSize=0
wmic pagefileset where name="%SystemDrive%\\pagefile.sys" delete

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