Windows Quick Guide

This guide contains useful Windows commands.

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Windows commands.

Useful Windows commands.

The windows commands can be invoked as follow:
  • Open DOS window
  • Type a command
command Description Remark
ac3filter.cpl Opens AC3 Filter (*)  
appwiz.cpl Add/Remove Programs Vista
azman.msc Authorization Manager Vista
bacscpl.cpl Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2 (*) Vista
bthprops.cpl Bluetooth Devices Vista
calc Calculator Vista
cd %temp% Jump to your temp directory Vista
certmgr.msc Certificate Manager Vista
charmap Character Map Vista
chkdsk Check Disk Utility Vista
ciadv.msc Indexing Service  
cleanmgr Disk Cleanup Utility Vista
cliconfg SQL Server Client Network Utility Vista
clipbrd Clipboard Viewer  
cmd Command Prompt Vista
collab.cpl People Near Me Vista
comexp.msc Component Services Vista
compmgmt.msc Computer Management Vista
control admintools Administrative Tools Vista
control color Desktop Appearance Settings Vista
control date/time Date and Time Vista
control desktop Personalize Desktop Properties Vista
control folders Folders Options Vista
control fonts Fonts properties Vista
control input.dll Text Services and Input Languages Vista
control international Regional and language Options Vista
control keyboard Keyboard Properties Vista
control keymgr.dll Stored usernames and passwords Vista
control mouse Mouse Properties Vista
control netconnections Network Connections Vista
control panel Control Panel Vista
control printers Printer and Fax options Vista
control schedtasks Tasks Scheduler Vista
control telephony Location Information Vista
control userpasswords User Account control Vista
control userpasswords2 Change user passwords XP
dcomcnfg Component Services Vista
ddeshare DDE Shares  
desk.cpl Display Settings Vista
devmgmt.msc Device Manager Vista
dfrg.msc Disk Defragment  
dialer Phone Dialer Vista
directx.cpl DirectX Control Panel (*)  
diskmgmt.msc Disk Management Vista
diskpart Disk Partition Manager Vista
dmdm32.cpl Dell Modem Diagnostic Tool (*) Vista
drwtsn32 Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting Utility  
dxdiag DirectX Diagnostic Tool XP/Vista
edit MSDOS Editor Vista
eudcedit Private Character Editor Vista
eventvwr.msc Event Viewer Vista
explorer Windows Explorer Vista
findfast.cpl Findfast control  
firewall.cpl Windows Firewall Vista
fonts Fonts Folder  
freecell Free Cell Card Game  
fsmgmt.msc Shared Folders Vista
fsquirt Bluetooth File Transfer Wizard Vista
gpedit.msc Group Policy Editor (XP Prof)  
hdwwiz.cpl Add Hardware Wizard Vista
iexpress Iexpress Wizard Vista
iisreset IIS services start/stop (*)  
inetcpl.cpl Internet Properties Vista
inetmgr IIS management (*)  
intl.cpl Regional and language Options Vista
ipconfig IP Configuration Vista
iproset.cpl Help Programs for Intel PROSet/Wireless (*) Vista
javaws Java WebStart Vista
joy.cpl Game Controllers Vista
jpicpl32.cpl Java Control Panel (*)  
logoff Logs You Out Of Windows  
lusrmgr.msc Local Users and Groups Vista
magnify Windows Magnifier Vista
main.cpl Mouse Properties Vista
mmsys.cpl Sound Vista
mobsync Sync Center Vista
mrt Malicious Software Removal Tool Vista
msconfig System Configuration Utility Win9x/Me/2K/XP/Vista
mshearts Hearts Card Game  
msinfo32 System Infomation XP/Vista
mstsc Remote Desktop Connection Vista
napclcfg.msc NAP Client Configuration Vista
ncpa.cpl Network Connections Vista
netsetup.cpl Network Setup Wizard  
notepad Notepad Vista
ntmsmgr.msc Removable Storage  
ntmsoprq.msc Removable Storage Operator Requests  
nusrmgr.cpl User Account control  
nvcpl.cpl NVIDIA Control Panel (*) Vista
nvtuicpl.cpl Nview Desktop Manager(*)  
odbccp32.cpl ODBC Data Source Administrator  
osk On Screen Keyboard Vista
packager Object Packager Vista
password.cpl Password Properties control  
perfmon.msc Reliability and Performance Monitor Vista
powercfg.cpl Power Options Vista
printers Printers Folder  
quicktime.cpl Quicktime (*) Vista
regedit Registry Editor 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
rsop.msc Resultant Set of Policy (XP Prof)  
sc SC is a command line program used for communicating with the NT Service Controller and services. XP
secpol.msc Local Security Settings  
services.msc Services XP/Vista
sfc System File Checker Utility Vista
shutdown /i Remote Shutdown dialog Vista
sigverif File Signature Verification Vista
spider Spider Solitare Card Game  
stacgui.cpl SigmaTel Audio Configurationscreen (*) Vista
sticpl.cpl Scanner and Camera control  
sysdm.cpl System Properties Vista
sysedit System Configuration Editor Vista
syskey SEcuring the Windows Account Database Vista
system.ini Windows loading information Vista
tabletpc.cpl Pen and Input Devices Vista
taskmgr Windows Task Manager Vista
taskschd.msc Tasks Scheduler Vista
telephon.cpl Location Information Vista
telnet Telnet client XP/Vista
timedate.cpl Date and Time Vista
tourstart Windows XP Tour Wizard  
tpm.msc Trusted Platform Module Management Vista
tree Graphically displays folder structure Vista
utilman Ease of Access Center Vista
verifier Driver Verifier Manager Vista
wf.msc Windows Firewall with Advanced Security Vista
win.ini Windows loading information Vista
winchat Microsoft Chat  
winmine Minesweeper Game  
winver Windows version Vista
wmimgmt.msc Windows Management Instrumentation Control Vista
write Wordpad Vista
wscui.cpl Windows Security Center Vista
wuaucpl.cpl Automatic Updates  
wupdmgr Windows Update Launches  
(*) If installed