Most-used Run Commands Windows Users Should Know

Run program can help you to go faster to run a program on your window computer. You can lunch program, control panel settings, folder location and much more from this utility.

In this article, we will cover important Run commands for Windows users. These commands can make it easier to manage a lot of tasks.

List of Windows Run Commands

  1. services.msc – When you enter “services.msc” and press the Enter button, it will open the Windows Services app where you can easily start, stop and configure other settings for each and every service individually.
  2. mstsc – Entering “mstsc” into the Run dialog box opens the Remote Desktop Connection app which allows you to connect to another Windows Server.
  3. msinfo32 – If you want to quickly get your system information, then the “msinfo32” command is the way to go. At a glance it will display all the system details including the hardware resources and software environment.
  4. sdclt – This command opens the Backup and Restore window that allows you to quickly set a backup schedule or restore any of your previous backups.
  5. compmgmt.msc – The Computer Management app is where you can access almost all the advanced Windows modules like Event Viewer, Shared Folder, System Tools, etc.
  6. cleanmgr – This command allows you to open the Windows Disk Cleanup utility. Once opened, simply select the drive your want to clean up and click the “OK” button.
  7. eventvwr.msc – Windows Event Viewer is where Windows stores all the monitoring and troubleshooting messages. You can use this command to quickly access the Event Viewer application.
  8.  control – This command opens Windows Control Panel, you can quickly access the Control Panel with some stumbling around.
  9. mmc – Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is an advanced Windows module that is mainly aimed at system administrators and power users, as it sports all the tools required for configuring and monitoring a Windows system.
  10. resmon – Whenever you want to check how your system resources are being utilized, simply use this Run command, and it displays everything from your CPU to Dist to Network.
  11. cmd – Even Windows users have to deal with the command line sometimes. With this command you can quickly open the command prompt without administrator privileges.
  12. powershell – If the command prompt is too old for you, then you may want to try PowerShell. Just type this command in the Run dialog box, and you will have your PowerShell opened without administrator privileges.
  13. netplwiz – The general user accounts option is available through the Control Panel, but if you want to mess with the advanced user account options, then use this command to open the Advanced User Accounts window.
  14. gpedit.msc – Group Policy Editor in Windows allows you to set and edit different Windows policies of a local or remote computer. Since Group Policy Editor is an advanced tool, it is buried deep inside Windows, and this Run command is the easiest way to access it.
  15. lusrmgr.msc – Using this command, you can open the Local Users and Groups Manager where you can edit several properties of all the users and groups.
  16. ncpa.cpl – Being an Internet user means that you have to deal with occasional (if not daily) network problems, and one way to troubleshoot your network connection is by accessing your Network Adapters. To access all your Network Adapters, you can use this Run command.
  17. perfmon.msc – If you want to monitor the performance of your Windows computer and effects of the programs you run, running Performance Monitor will provide ample data. You can access the Performance Monitor using this command.
  18.  powercfg.cpl – Windows hosts a wide range of power options to deal with your computer’s power usage, and you can access all those Power Options using this command.
  19. appwiz.cpl – Using this command you can quickly access the Programs and Features window where you can quickly uninstall your installed programs.
  20. devmgmt.msc – Windows Device Manager is where you can manage all your hardware devices, and you can use this Run command to quickly access it. Alternatively, you can also use the command “hdwwiz.cpl.”
  21.  regedit – Regedit Run command can be used to access the Windows Registry, which is a hierarchical database that hosts all the configurations and settings of an operating system and the installed programs.
  22. msconfig – Windows System Configuration is where you can edit different things like the boot options, startup options, services, etc. You can use this Run command to access the System Configuration window.
  23. sysdm.cpl – If you ever want to access the System Properties window, then using this Run command opens it right up.
  24. firewall.cpl – If you want to manage or configure your Windows firewall, then you can use this Run command to quickly access the Firewall window.
  25. wuapp – Last but not least, you can use this command to check, manage and configure all your Windows update settings.
  26. .. (Double Dots) When you execute these two dots in the Run dialog box, it will open up the Users folder which is located directly on the C drive.
  27. . (Dot) This is yet another lesser known Run command. When executed, it opens the current user’s home folder which hosts all the other local folders like the Downloads, Documents, Desktop, Pictures, etc.
  28. hdwwiz.cpl – This command is used to open the Device Manager in Windows. You can manage all the device connected internally or externally to your PC.
  29. \ (Backslash) – This is one of the lesser known Run commands. Just enter the backslash into the Run dialog box and it will open up the C drive. It is one of the quickest ways to access the C drive.
  30. taskschd.msc – This command is used to open the Task Scheduler.

More useful RUN commands

CommandsFunctions
 xpsrchvw XPS Viewer 
 write WordPad
 wmimgmt.msc WMI Management
 winver Versione Windows
 mobsync Sync Center
 wuapp Windows Update
 wscript Windows Script Host
 recdisc Windows Repair Disc
 services.msc Services
 syskey SAM Lock Tool
 powershell Windows PowerShell
 soundrecorder Sound recorder
 mblctr Windows Mobility Center
 stikynot Sticky Notes
 wmplayer Windows Media Player
 journal Windows Journal
 regedit Registry Editor
 firewall.cpl Windows Firewall
 optionalfeatures Windows Features
 wfs Windows Fax and Scan
 explorer Windows Explorer
 migwiz Windows Easy Transfer
 dvdmaker Windows DVD Maker
 intl.cpl Region and Language
 infocardcpl.cpl Windows CardSpace
 desk.cpl Screen Resolution
 wscui.cpl Windows Action Center
 sndvol Volume Mixer
 winver Version Reporter Applet
 utilman Utility Manager
 taskschd.msc Task Scheduler
 taskmgr Task Manager
 rstrui System Restore
 fsmgmt.msc Shared Folders
 documents Open Documents Folder
 videos Open Videos folder
 downloads open download folder
 favorites Open Favorites Folder
 recent Open Recent Folder
 pictures Open Pictures Folder
 hdwwiz Add Hardware Wizard
 netplwiz Advanced User Accounts
 azman.msc Advanced User Accounts
 sdclt Backup and Restore
 calc Calculator
 timedate.cpl date andd time
 devmgmt.msc Device Manager
 cleanmgr Disk Cleanup
 dxdiag DirectX Diagnostic Tool
 dfrgui Disk Defragmenter
 joy.cpl Game Controllers
 gettingstarted Getting Started
 iexplore Internet Explorer
 inetcpl.cpl Internet Options
 gpedit.msc Local Group Policy Editor
 secpol.msc Local Security Policy
 mrt Malicious Software
 main.cpl Mouse
 ncpa.cpl Network Connections
 notepad open Notepad
 Paint mspaint
 tabletpc.cpl Pen and Touch
 telephon.cpl Phone and Modem
 dialer Phone Dialer
 powercfg.cpl Power Options
 appwiz.cpl Programs and Features
 msconfig System Configuration
 sysdm.cpl System Properties
 mstsc Remote Desktop
 iexpress IExpress Wizard
 fontview Font Viewer

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