100+ Useful Run Commands For Windows 7 Vista and XP

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Like everyone said, time is gold. Every single second is precious and time is not to be wasted. Do you notice that sometimes we actually used up to 10 seconds to open a windows program? With today tip, you can probably open any programs in less than 5 seconds. So now I’m going to show you a list of general and common commands that you can use in the Run option from the start menu (Start > Run box). I consider this tip somewhat advanced, but if you get this into your head early on and spend more time familiarizing yourself, you can be a PRO in computing shortcuts!

This list is quite long and extensive. If you can’t memorize all these right away, you can always come back here and check out the commands you need when you wish to open certain windows programs. (Bookmark this page!)

Useful Run Commands For Windows Vista and XPAdditional Advice: I strongly recommend you to use SlickRun. SlickRun is simply another “run option” that is much more simple to use.

SlickRun is a free floating command line utility for Windows. SlickRun gives you almost instant access to any program or website. SlickRun allows you to create command aliases (known as MagicWords), so C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe becomes MAIL.

Enter a web URL into SlickRun and it will launch your browser and navigate to the specified address. Run multiple programs in a few keystrokes, jot a note, look up a definition… SlickRun is the most natural way to interact with your computer.

Alright, here we go.

Run Commands that can be used in both “Windows Vista” and “Windows XP”:


To open…


Run Commands…

MSN Messenger (If installed)

msnmsgr

Accessibility Options

control access.cpl

Add Hardware Wizard

hdwwiz.cpl

Add or Remove Programs

appwiz.cpl

Add/Remove Programs with Add New Programs
Preselected

control appwiz.cpl,,1

Add/Remove Programs with Add Remove Windows
Components Preselected

control appwiz.cpl,,2

Add/Remove Programs with Set Program Access &
Defaults Preselected

control appwiz.cpl,,3

Administrative Tools

control admintools

Adobe ImageReady (if installed)

imageready

Adobe Photoshop (if installed)

photoshop

Calculator

calc

Certificate Manager

certmgr.msc

Character Map

charmap

Command Prompt

cmd

Component Services

dcomcnfg

Computer Management

compmgmt.msc

Control Panel

control

Date and Time Properties

timedate.cpl

Device Manager

devmgmt.msc

Direct X Troubleshooter

dxdiag

Disk Cleanup Utility

cleanmgr

Disk Management

diskmgmt.msc

Disk Partition Manager

diskpart

Display Properties

control desktop

Display Properties

desk.cpl

Display Properties with Appearance Tab Preselected

control color

Driver Verifier Utility

verifier

DVD Player

dvdplay

Event Viewer

eventvwr.msc

File Signature Verification Tool

sigverif

Files and Settings Transfer Tool

migwiz

Firefox (if installed)

firefox

Fonts Folder

fonts

Fonts options

control fonts

Game Controllers

joy.cpl

Iexpress (Self Extracting Package Creator)

iexpress

Iexpress Wizard

iexpress

Internet Explorer

iexplore

Internet Properties

inetcpl.cpl

Java Web Start

javaws

Keyboard Properties

control keyboard

Logs You Out Of Windows

logoff

Microsoft Access (if installed)

msaccess

Microsoft Excel (if installed)

excel

Microsoft Frontpage (if installed)

frontpg

Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool

mrt

Microsoft Movie Maker

moviemk

Microsoft Paint

mspaint

Microsoft Powerpoint (if installed)

powerpnt

Microsoft Word (if installed)

winword

Mouse Properties

main.cpl

Mouse Properties

control mouse

Nero (if installed)

nero

Network Connections

control netconnections

Network Connections

ncpa.cpl

Notepad

notepad

ODBC Data Source Administrator

odbcad32

On Screen Keyboard (interesting tool!)

osk

Outlook Express

msimn

Paint

pbrush

Phone and Modem Options

telephon.cpl

Phone Dialer

dialer

Power Configuration

powercfg.cpl

Printers and Faxes

control printers

Private Character Editor

eudcedit

Quicktime Player (if installed)

quicktimeplayer

Quicktime (If Installed)

QuickTime.cpl

Real Player (if installed)

realplay

Regional Settings

intl.cpl

Registry Editor

regedit

Registry Editor

regedt32

Reliability and Performance Monitor

perfmon.msc

Remote Access Phonebook

rasphone

Remote Desktop

mstsc

Scheduled Tasks

control schedtasks

Services

services.msc

Shared Creation Wizard

shrpubw

Shared Folders

fsmgmt.msc

Shuts Down Windows

shutdown

Sounds and Audio Properties

mmsys.cpl

SQL Client Configuration

cliconfg

Sync Center

mobsync

Syncronization Tool

mobsync

System Configuration Editor

sysedit

System Configuration Utility

msconfig

System Information

msinfo32

System Properties

sysdm.cpl

Task Manager

taskmgr

Telnet Client

telnet

Tweak UI (if installed)

tweakui

Utility Manager

utilman

Windows Address Book (Contacts)

wab

Windows Address Book Import Utility

wabmig

Windows exprorer(It shows me Documents)

explorer

Windows Firewall

firewall.cpl

Windows Magnifier (Try this out!)

magnify

Windows Management Infrastructure

wmimgmt.msc

Windows Media Player

wmplayer

Windows Picture Import Wizard (require camera
connected)

wiaacmgr

Windows Security Center

wscui.cpl

Windows System Security Tool

syskey

Windows Version (About your Windows)

winver

Wordpad

write

Run Commands that are usable in only “Windows Vista”:



To open…



Run Commands…

Adapter Troubleshooter

AdapterTroubleshooter

Advanced User Accounts Control Panel

Netplwiz

Authorization Manager

azman.msc

Back up or Restore your stored User Names and Passwords

credwiz

Backup Status and Utility

sdclt

Color Management

colorcpl

Computer Management Snapin Launcher

CompMgmtLauncher

Disk Defragmenter

dfrgui

Ditilizer Calibration Tool

tabcal

DPI Scaling

dpiscaling

Driver Package Installer

dpinst

Firewall Control Panel

FirewallControlPanel

Firewall Settings

FirewallSettings

iSCSI Initiator

iscsicpl

Language Pack Installer

lpksetup

Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool

msdt

Problem Reports and Solutions

wercon

Remote Assistance

msra

Software Licensing (Windows Activation)

slui

Sound Recorder

soundrecorder

Sound Volume

sndvol

System Properties (Advanced tab preselected)

SystemPropertiesAdvanced

System Properties (Computer Name tab preselected)

SystemPropertiesComputerName

System Properties (Data Execution Prevention preselected)

SystemPropertiesDataExecutionPrevention

System Properties (Hardware options preselected)

SystemPropertiesHardware

System Properties (Performance options preselected)

SystemPropertiesPerformance

System Properties (Protection options preselected)

SystemPropertiesProtection

System Properties (Remote options preselected)

SystemPropertiesRemote

Trusted Platform Module Initialization Wizard

TpmInit

Windows Features

optionalfeatures

Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

wf.msc

Windows Image Acquisition (only if you have a scanner)

wiaacmgr

Windows Mobility Center (Only For Mobile PC)

mblctr

Windows Update Application

wuapp

Windows Update Standalone Installer

wusa

Run Commands that are usable in only “Windows XP”:


To open…


Run Commands…

Check Disk Utility

chkdsk

Group Policy Editor (XP Prof)

gpedit.msc

Local Security Settings

secpol.msc

Local Users and Groups

lusrmgr.msc

Resultant Set of Policy (XP Prof)

rsop.msc

Windows XP Tour Wizard

tourstart

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  • http://www.rizalalmashoor.com Rizal

    Typo: the command for “Windows explorer (It shows me Documents)” should be “explorer” instead of “explore”

  • http://www.rizalalmashoor.com Rizal

    SlickRun (http://www.bayden.com/SlickRun) can also save you a lot of time. You can configure the keystrokes you want it to recognize for even faster launches.

  • http://www.alvinlife.com Alvin Nyau

    Thanks for the correction and the sharing of SlickRun! I really appreciate it. :)

  • http://www.jameel.ca JuMz

    Launchy 2.0 is something very similar to SlickRun. If you have used spotlight on the mac, you will love Launchy.

    http://www.launchy.net/

  • Doug Rosbury

    Time is your slave holder. You are it’s slave as well as a slave to the money that comes with it. The only existence time has is as
    the illusion that it is real. No one, therefore, is free who believes
    that they are human and belong in this physical realm.
    As long as you believe time is real, you are not free.—Doug [?]

  • Keith Park

    Thanks for this very useful list of run commands.

    There have been a lot of times in the past when trying to access items like the control panel and add/rem programs on a sow unresponsive m/c has take a long time, these commands im sure will reduce the time

    thx aagin

    Keith

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  • http://david.latapie.name/ David Latapie

    Thank you for this!

  • Chris

    You might want to add the command for Microsoft Project which is “winproj” for XP (should be the same for Vista I would think).

  • http://www.ranjankumarbera.blogspot.com ranjan

    this site is very good

  • Bill Woodbury

    Don’t forget ipconfig/renew. Can be very useful in case of power outages or serious “blips”, etc. I know works for XP;haven’t tried on Vista yet. I use both with a tray system.

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    well sir … its very good and useful for everyone… like me i cant remember all the commands every time.. if i need i will come bak to u ..n i will prefer my friends to visit this site.
    thank you…
    nazrul islam
    IT ENGINEER

  • http://www.jadecadelina.com Mr. Jade Cadelina

    Thanks for compiling all these commands. Reminds me of MS DOS on a PC before Windows or using SCO Unix.

    They are not really short cuts because the user has to type the commands compared to a GUI interface where you move & click a selection.

  • http://codepuzzling.tumblr.com Christian Castelli

    Good resource! Thx

  • http://www.alvinlife.com Alvin Nyau

    All the above comments are very much appreciated! :D

  • Gordon Freeman

    gpedit.msc – Group Policy Editor and secpol.msc – Local Security Policy Editor are certainly not just limited to Windows XP Pro. They are available in Vista Enterprise, Business and Ultimate as well as 7 Enterprise, Professional and Ultimate.

    Great lists however.

  • sudeep

    very nice [haha] [smiling]
    lets ya know ol kinds of run commands
    very impressive
    I really appreciate the site
    keep on doing the good work

  • http://www.alvinlife.com Alvin Nyau

    @sudeep

    It’s really sweet to hear that from you! Thank you for visitting!

  • Honkeydonkey

    Nice post, some good shortcuts. I found some other run command shorcuts at http://www.usingcomputers.co.uk/tutorials/Run_Command_Shortcuts.php take a gander :)

  • Rai100ashish

    very helpful
    thankx

  • http://twitter.com/nuDaniel Daniël

    Wow, this is very helpful! I’ve been working with Slickrun of a long time, but didn’t know there were so many commands to use. And ofcourse it works perfectly with Slickrun! Thank you!

  • Peacehelpfan

    Basam A. Rimawi             6/19/201

    Excellent work. Thanks a trillion time. Very helpful. Very well organized and beautiful font. Awesome site.

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