100 Super Handy Windows Run Commands

Windows Run commands are super handy to know, especially when dealing with computer users over the phone. Trying to talk them through an issue can be difficult enough without worrying about what version of Windows they are running or whether or not they have moved the shortcut to their control panel and all sorts. With the big list compilation below you can access most of Windows important features with simple ‘Start > Run > type in xxx’ instructions to users.

All you need to do is click on ‘Start’ and select ‘Run’, or hold the ‘Windows Key’ down and press ‘R’ and enter the commands listed below.

Enough small talk, I am sure you know what you are looking for so check out my top 100 handy Windows Run Commands.

Access Run Command
Accessibility Controls access.cpl
Accessibility Wizard accwiz
Add Hardware Wizard hdwwiz.cpl
Add/Remove Programs appwiz.cpl
Administrative Tools control admintools
Automatic Updates wuaucpl.cpl
Calculator calc
Certificate Manager certmgr.msc
Character Map charmap
Check Disk Utility chkdsk
Command Prompt cmd
Component Services dcomcnfg
Computer Management compmgmt.msc
Control Panel control
Date and Time Properties timedate.cpl
DDE Shares ddeshare
Device Manager devmgmt.msc
Direct X Diagnostic dxdiag
Disk Cleanup cleanmgr
Disk Defragmenter dfrg.msc
Disk Management diskmgmt.msc
Disk Partition Manager diskpart
Display Properties desk.cpl
Driver Verification Utility verifier
Event Viewer eventvwr.msc
Files and Settings Tranfser Utility (Migration Wizard) migwiz
File Signature Verification sigverif
Firefox (if installed) firefox
Folder Options control folders
Fonts control fonts
Fonts Folder fonts
Game Controllers joy.cpl
Group Policy Editor gpedit.msc
Help and Support helpctr
Hyperterminal hypertrm
Internet Connection Wizard icwconn1
Internet Explorer iexplore
Internet Properties inetcpl.cpl
Internet Setup Wizard inetwiz
Keyboard Properties control keyboard
Local Security Settings secpol.msc
Local Users and Groups lusrmgr.msc
Log Off logoff
Malicious Software Removal Utility mrt
Microsoft Access msaccess
Microsoft Excel excel
Microsoft Frontpage frontpg
Microsoft Movie Maker moviemk
Microsoft Paint mspaint
Microsoft Powerpoint powerpnt
Microsoft Word winword
Microsoft Syncronization Tool mobsync
Mouse Properties control mouse, main.cpl
Network Connections control netconnections, ncpa.cpl
Network Setup Wizard netsetup.cpl
Notepad notepad
On Screen Keyboard osk
Outlook Express msimn
Password Properties password.cpl
Performance Monitor perfmon.cpl, perfmon
Phone and Modem Options telephon.cpl
Phone Dialer dialer
Power Configuration powercfg.cpl
Printers and Faxes control printers
Printers Folder printers
Regional Settings intl.cpl
Registry Editor regedit, regedit32
Remote Desktop mstsc
Removable Storage ntmsmgr.msc
Removable Storage Operator Requests mtmsoprq.msc
Scanners and Cameras sticpl.cpl
Scheduled Tasks control schedtasks
Security Center wscui.cpl
Services services.msc
Shared Folders fsmgmt.msc
Shut down shutdown
Sound and Audio mmsys.cpl
SQL Client Configuration cliconfig
System Configuration Editor sysedit
System Configuration Utility msconfig
System File Checker (Scan immediately) sfc /scannow
System File Checker (Scan on next boot) sfc /scanonce
System File Checker (Scan on every boot) sfc /scanboot
System File Checker (Revert scan setting to default) sfc /revert
System File Checker (Purge Cache File) sfc /purgecache
System File Checker (Set cache size to x) sfc /cachesize=x
System Information msinfo32
System Properties sysdm.cpl
Task Manager taskmgr
Telnet telnet
User Account Management nusrmgr.cpl
Utility Manager utilman
Windows Explorer explorer
Windows Firewall firewall.cpl
Windows Magnifier magnify
Windows Management Infrastructure wmimgmt.msc
Windows Media Player wmplayer
Windows Messenger msmsgs
Windows System Security Tool syskey
Wordpad write

Do you know of anymore? Let me know in the comments.

3 thoughts on “100 Super Handy Windows Run Commands”

  1. Thanks for the appwiz.cpl and the desk.cpl command man. I didn’t see sndvol for the volume mixer though.

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