Note from Yashraj: This is a Guest Post by Prajjwal Mishra. He is a tech enthusiast who has created this post by spending a lot of time and efforts. Do let me know what you felt about this post in the comments or the Contact page.In Microsoft Windows, the Run command is used to directly open any file whose path is already known. It functions more or less like a single-line command line interface.

Although the Run command is still present in Windows 7 and later, it is no longer seen directly on the Start menu by default.

Run command which is in the Accessories sub-menu can be opened by ⊞ Win+R shortcut key. However, as Microsoft support says, you can still get it back on start menu. Click here to visit that post!

Using run commands help you save a lot of time


With windows run commands, you just need to put up a word or two instead of hunting down something!

Let me tell you a shocking fact! There are over 100 windows run commands!

Just think over it! How many do you actually know?

But don’t worry! I have the resource ready for you!

I’m posting a list of 100+ Run Commands each Power-User is supposed to know by-heart (don’t worry if you can’t remember, but if you do, you won’t have to refer to this again and again!).

So on the off chance that you know any new ones, please post them in the comments section below! (I love comments!)

Administrative Tools

Add Hardware Wizard = hdwwiz.cpl
Administrative Tools = control admintools
Authorization Manager = azman.msc
Component Services = dcomcnfg
Certificate Manager = certmgr.mscDirect X Troubleshooter = dxdiag
Display Languages = lpksetup
File Signature Verification Tool = sigverif
Group Policy Editor = gpedit.msc
iSCSI Initiator = iscsicpl
Iexpress Wizard = iexpress
Local Security Settings = secpol.msc
Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool = msdt
Microsoft Management Console = mmc
ODBC Data Source Administrator = odbcad32
Print management = printmanagement.msc
Printer User Interface = printui
Problems Steps Recorder = psr
People Near Me = p2phost Registry Editor = regedit or regedt32
Resoure Monitor = resmon
System Configuration Utility = msconfig
Resultant Set of Policy = rsop.msc
SQL Server Client Configuration = cliconfg
Task Manager = taskmgr
Trusted Platform Module = tpm.msc
TPM Security Hardware = TpmInit
Windows Remote Assistance = msra
Windows Share Folder Creation Wizard = shrpubw
Windows Standalong Update Manager = wusa
Windows System Security Tool = syskey
Windows Script Host Settings = wscript
Windows Version = winver
Windows Firewall with Advanced Security = wf.msc
Windows Memory Diagnostic = MdSched
Windows Malicious Removal Tool = mrt

Computer Management

Computer Management = compmgmt.msc or CompMgmtLauncher
Device Manager = devmgmt.msc
Disk Management = diskmgmt.msc
Event Viewer = eventvwr.msc
Local Users and Groups = lusrmgr.msc
Performance Monitor = perfmon.msc or perfmon
Services = services.msc
Shared Folders/MMC = fsmgmt.msc
Task Scheduler = control schedtasks
Windows Management Infrastructure = wmimgmt.msc

Control Panel

Action Center= wscui.cpl
Autoplay = control.exe /name Microsoft.autoplay
Backup and Restore = sdclt
BDE Administrator = bdeadmin.cpl
Cleartype Text Tuner = cttune
Control Panel = control
Color Management = colorcpl
Create a System Repair disc = recdisc
Credential Manager = control.exe /name Microsoft.CredentialManager
Credential Manager Stored User Names and Passwords = credwiz
Date and Time Properties = timedate.cpl
Default Programs = control.exe /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms
Devices and Printers = control printers
Devices and Printers Add a Device = DevicePairingWizard
Display = dpiscaling
Display Color Calibration = dccw
Encryption File System = rekeywiz
Folders Options = control folders
Fonts = control fonts
Getting Started = GettingStarted
HomeGroup = control.exe /name Microsoft.HomeGroup
Indexing Options = control.exe /name Microsoft.IndexingOptions
Internet Properties = inetcpl.cpl
Keyboard Properties = control keyboard
Location and Other Sensors = control.exe /name Microsoft.LocationandOtherSensors
Location Notifications = LocationNotifications
Mouse Properties = control mouse or main.cpl
Network and Sharing Center = control.exe /name Microsoft.NetworkandSharingCenter
Network Connections = control netconnections or ncpa.cpl
Notification Area Icons = control.exe /name Microsoft.NotificationAreaIcons
Optional Features Manager = optionalfeatures or control appwiz.cpl,,2
Parental Controls = control.exe /name Microsoft.ParentalControls
Performance Information = control.exe /name
Personalization = control desktop
Phone and Modem Options = telephon.cpl
Power Configuration = powercfg.cpl
Programs and Features = appwiz.cpl or control appwiz.cpl
Recovery = control.exe /name Microsoft.Recovery
Regional and Language = intl.cplRemoteApp = control.exe /name Microsoft.RemoteAppandDesktopConnections
Sounds and Audio = mmsys.cpl
Screen Resolution = desk.cpl
Set Program Access and Computer Defaults = control appwiz.cpl,,3 or ComputerDefaults
SP ComputerName Tab = SystemPropertiesComputerName
SP Hardware Tab = SystemPropertiesHardware
SP Advanced Tab = SystemPropertiesAdvanced
SP Performance = SystemPropertiesPerformance
SP Data Execution Prevention = SystemPropertiesDataExecutionPrevention
SP Protection Tab = SystemPropertiesProtection
SP Remote Tab = SystemPropertiesRemote
System Properties = sysdm.cpl
Taskbar and Start Menu = control.exe /name Microsoft.TaskbarandStartMenu
Troubleshooting = control.exe /name Microsoft.Troubleshooting
User Accounts = control.exe /name Microsoft.UserAccounts
User Account Control Settings = UserAccountControlSettings
User Accounts Windows 2000/domain version = netplwiz or control userpasswords2
Volume Mixer = sndvol
Windows Activation = slui
Windows Activation Phone Numbers = slui 4
Windows Anytime Upgrade = WindowsAnytimeUpgradeui
Windows Anytime Upgrade Results = WindowsAnytimeUpgradeResults
Windows CardSpace = control.exe /name Microsoft.cardspace
Windows Color and Appearance = control color 
Windows Firewall = firewall.cpl
WindowsSideshow = control.exe /name Microsoft.WindowsSideshow
Windows Update App Manager = wuapp


Calculator = calc
Character Map = charmapCheck Disk Utility – chkdsk
Command Prompt = cmd
Connect to a Network Projector = NetProj
Connect to a Projector = displayswitch 

Notepad = notepad
Defragment User Interface = dfrgui
Ditilizer Calibration Tool = tabcal
Disk Cleanup Utility = cleanmgr
Ease of Access Center = utilman
Internet Explorer = iexplore
Internet Explorer (No Add-ons) = iexplore -extoff
Internet Explorer (No Home) = iexplore about:blank
Log off Windows = logoff
Magnifier = magnify
Microsoft Paint = mspaint or pbrush
Narrator = Narrator
On-Screen Keyboard = osk
Open Pictures folder = pictures
Open Music folder = music
Open Videos folder = videos
Open Downloads folder = downloads
Open Favorites folder = favorites
Open Recent folder = recent
Phone Dialer = dialerPresentation Settings = PresentationSettings
Printer Migration = PrintBrmUi
Private Character Editor = eudcedit
Rating System = ticrf
Remote Desktop Connection = mstsc
Snipping Tool = snippingtool
Sound Recorder = soundrecorder
Sticky Note = StikyNot
Sync Center = mobsync
System Information = msinfo32
System Restore = rstrui
Windows Mobility Center (For Laptops) = mblctr
Windows Explorer = explorer
Wordpad = write Windows Easy Transfer = migwiz
Windows Media Player = wmplayer
Windows Media Player DVD Player = dvdplay
Windows Fax and Scan Cover Page Editor = fxscover
Windows Fax and Scan = wfs
Windows Image Acquisition = wiaacmgr
Windows PowerShell ISE = powershell_ise
Windows PowerShell = powershell
XPS Viewer = xpsrchvwOpen Documents folder = documents


Accessibility Controls – access.cpl
Accessibility Wizard – accwiz
Automatic Updates – wuaucpl.cpl
Bluetooth Transfer Wizard – fsquirt
Clipboard Viewer – clipbrd
DDE Shares – ddeshare
Disk Defragment – dfrg.msc
Disk Partition Manager – diskpart
Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting Utility – drwtsn32
Driver Verifier Utility – verifier
Findfast – findfast.cpl
Firefox – firefox
Fonts Folder – fonts
Help and Support – helpctr
HyperTerminal – hypertrm
Indexing Service – ciadv.msc
Internet Connection Wizard – icwconn1
Microsoft Chat – winchat
Microsoft Movie Maker – moviemk
Network Setup Wizard – netsetup.cpl
Object Packager – packager
ODBC Data Source Administrator – odbccp32.cpl
Outlook Express – msimn
Password Properties – password.cpl
Printers Folder – printers
Remote Access Phonebook – rasphone
Removable Storage – ntmsmgr.msc
Removable Storage Operator Requests – ntmsoprq.msc
Scanners and Cameras – sticpl.cpl
Shuts Down Windows – shutdown
SQL Client Configuration – cliconfg
System Configuration Editor – sysedit
TCP Tester – tcptest
Telnet Client – telnet
User Account Management – nusrmgr.cpl

Windows Address Book – wab

Crazy long list indeed! Here’s another cool list: 101 Fun Things To Do On The Internet

How to open any program using run?

If you’ve noticed you should be knowing that there are no commands to launch apps other than from Microsoft.
So what can you do for opening other programs?
Askvg has given a wonderful tutorial in their blog post for this job. (It’s pretty simple too!) Click here to open.

Windows run commands – Final words

Quite a long list of windows run commands right?Now imagine how much efforts I took for creating such a massive list?

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