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15 Important Run Commands Every Windows User Should Know

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There are several ways to efficiently access the files, folders, and programs in Windows operating system. We can create shortcuts, pin programs to the taskbar, Start menu shortcuts etc. but we can’t do it for all programs in many cases. However, the Windows Run Command box is one of the most efficient ways of accessing system programs, folders, and settings.

In this article, I am going to share 15 most important Run commands for Windows users. These commands can make it easier to manage a lot of tasks.

How to open Windows Run command box?

You need to press Win+R (Hold Windows button then Press R)

Important Run Commands Every Windows User Should Know

1. %temp%

This is the fastest way to clear the temporary files from your computer. It can save a lot of space which was being wasted by temporary files.

2. cmd 

This command will open the windows DOS command prompt. Windows command prompt is very useful for performing many tasks which are not possible using graphical user interface.

3. MSConfig

Windows Run Command - MSconfig-compressed

Windows System Configuration

This command will open Windows System Configuration where you can edit different things like the boot options, startup options, services, etc.

4. sysdm.cpl

Windows Run Command - sysdm cpl-compressed

System Properties window

This command will open the System Properties window, Where you can change the system protection and performance related many settings

5. Powershell

Powershell is very similar the command prompt. Just type this command in the Run dialog box, and you will have your PowerShell opened without administrator privileges.

6. perfmon.msc

Windows Run Command - perfmon msc-compressed

Windows System Performance monitor

This command can be used to monitor the performance of your computer. There are plenty of options for monitoring the system performance

7. regedit

Regedit Run command is used to open the Windows Registry. It is a hierarchical database that hosts all the configurations and settings of Windows operating system, it’s users and the installed software.

8. \ (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.

9. . (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.

10. .. (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.

Also Read: 10 Most Common Windows 10 Problems and how to fix them

11. Control

This command will open the control panel. Control panel is used for managing all the system settings and programs

12. hdwwiz.cpl

Windows Run Command - hdwwiz-

Windows Device Manager

This command is used to open the Device Manager in Windows. You can manage all the devices connected internally or externally to your PC.

13. Notepad

The quickest way to open notepad in Windows. Just type this command in Run Box and hit enter.

14. osk

This command will open the On-Screen Keyboard on your display monitor. You can easily touch and type or use your mouse for typing.

15. taskmgr 

This command will open the task manager where you can manage all the processes and programs running on the Windows Operating system.

Vicky Singh Rao
I am an entrepreneur at heart who has made his hobby turned passion, his profession now. I love writing about coding, hacking, open-source and cutting-edge technologies.

12 Comments

  1. Very Good article thanks for share

  2. Waste of time…

  3. you forgot a very important command –> dxdiag
    wiz used to see full specs of your pc

  4. WINKEY+E is better than Start > Run > / > Enter to start an explorer window.

    It doesn’t got to root c but who uses that location directly any more?

    I’ve also started using CTRL-N on explorer a lot recently which clones the current window.

    1. WINKEY+E is for show explorer window as you say and not the c drive at once

  5. there’s also calc to open calculator

  6. For Device Manager I use devmgmt.msc. It works just fine. You forgot calc for Calculator, dxdiag for PC specs and mspaint for Paint.

  7. Useful Tips For Basic Level Computer Users Thanks…

  8. I liked all the articles

  9. Very awesome and useful commands especially in brief description. I’ve also found run commands on different site, but you’re so good because you can completely provide the description about every single windows run commands. so thanks a lot buddy.

  10. Create a shortcut and copy and paste or directly copy paste file c:\Windows. Now put the name of copy pasted file in run box. Hit enter your file opens.

  11. Personaly I love run commands, lot of articles and lists of them, but backslash and double dot I’ve found only here, thanks for them , real time savers

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