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Run Dialog Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]If you like to use shortcuts to get tasks done in the most efficient way, there is a large collection of commands you can run from the run dialog (XP/Vista/7/8) or the Start Menu (in Windows Vista/7/8.) In this guide, I’ll show you how to run the commands and what effect they have.

Where to Run Commands

Note: see below for an even quicker method for Windows Vista/7/8.

To run the commands, listed below, in Windows XP (can also be used in Windows Vista/7/8):

1. Click the Start button and click Run (or press Winkey+R):

run commands01 Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]

2. Type the command in the Run dialog and click OK (or press Enter.)

run commands02 Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]

To run the commands, listed below, in Windows Vista/7/8, you can also use the Start Menu search function:

Press the Start button (or press the Winkey), type the command, and press Enter.

run commands031 Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]

If the command fails, use steps 1 & 2 above.

Environment Variables

Environment variables can be used to open common folders in Windows. You can even append strings to the end of an environment variable to go directly to a folder i.e. %UserProfile%\Music

CommandLaunches
%ALLUSERSPROFlLE%Open the All User’s Profile
%HomeDrive%Opens your home drive e.g. C:\
%UserProfile%Opens your user profile
%temp%Opens the temporary file folder
%systemroot%Opens the Windows folder

Commands to Run

Most of the commands, listed below, will work; however, some commands such as QuickTime.cpl (requires Quick Time) or gpedit.msc (requires Business, Professional, or Ultimate Windows versions) may not run depending on installed components, Windows versions, Windows editions etc.

CommandLaunchesXPVista/7/8
access.cplAccessibility Controlstick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
hdwwiz.cplAdd Hardware Wizardtick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
hdwwiz.cplDevice Managertick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
appwiz.cplAdd/ Remove Programstick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
control admintoolsAdministrative Toolstick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
wuaucpl.cplAutomatic Updatestick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
fsquirtBluetooth Transfer wizardtick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
calcCalculatortick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
certmgr.mscCertificate Managertick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
charmapCharacter Maptick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
chkdskCheck Disk Utilitytick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
clipbrdClipboard Viewertick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
cmdCommand Prompttick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
dcomcnfgComponent Servicestick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
compmgmt.mscComputer Managementtick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
control panelControl Paneltick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
timedate.cplDate and Time Propertiestick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
ddeshareDDE Sharetick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
devmgmt.mscDevice Managertick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
directx.cplDirect X Control Paneltick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
dxdiagDirect X Troubleshootertick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
cleanmgrDisk Cleanup Utilitytick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
dfrg.mscDisk Defragmenttick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
diskmgmt.mscDisk Managementtick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
diskpartDisk Partition Managertick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
control desktopDisplay Properties / Personalizationtick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
desk.cplScreen Resolutiontick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
control colorWindow Color and Appearancetick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
dn /vtsn32Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting Utilitytick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
verifierDriver Verifier Utilitytick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
eventvwr.mscEvent Viewertick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
sigverifFile Signature Verification Tooltick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
findfast.cplFindfasttick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
control foldersFolders Propertiestick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
fonts
OR control fonts
Fonts Foldertick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
freecellFree Cell Card Gametick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
joy.cplGame Controllerstick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
gpedit.mscGroup Policy Editor (Select editions)tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
msheartsHearts Card Gametick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
iexpressIexpress wizardtick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
ciadv.mscIndexing Servicetick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
inetcpl.cplInternet Propertiestick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
IexploreInternet Explorertick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
javawsJava Control Panel (lf lnstalled)tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
toy.cplJoystick Propertiestick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
main.cpl keyboard
OR control keyboard
Keyboard Propertiestick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
secpol.mscLocal Security Settings (Select versions)tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
lusrmgr.mscLocal Users and Groups (Select versions)tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
logoffLogs You Out Of Windowstick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
winchatMicrosoft Chattick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
winmineMinesweeper Gametick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
main.cpl
OR control mouse
Mouse Propertiestick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
netsetup.cplNetwork Setup Wizardtick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
notepadNotepadtick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
nvtuicpl.cplNview Desktop Manager(If installed)tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
packagerObject Packagertick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
odbccp32.cplODBC Data Source Administratortick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
oskOn Screen Keyboardtick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
ac3filter.cplOpensAC3 Filter(If installed)tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
password.cplPassword Propertiestick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
perfmonPerformance Monitortick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
telephon.cplPhone and Modem Optionstick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
powercfg.cplPower Managementtick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
control printersPrinters and Faxestick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
printersPrinters Foldertick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
eudceditPrivate Character Editortick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
QuickTime.cplQuicktime Preferences (lf installed)tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
intl.cplRegional Settingstick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
regeditRegistry Editortick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
regedit32Registry Editortick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
mstscRemote Desktoptick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
ntmsmgr.mscRemovable Storagetick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
ntmsoprq.mscRemovable Storage Operator Requeststick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
rsop.mscResultant Set of Policy (Select versions)tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated] tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
sticpl.cplScanners and Camerastick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
control schedtasksScheduled Taskstick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
wscui.cplSecurity Centertick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
services.mscServicestick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
fsmgmt.mscShared Folderstick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
shutdownShuts Down Windowstick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
mmsys.cplSounds and Audiotick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
spiderSpider Solitare Card Gametick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
cliconfgSQL Client Configurationtick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
syseditSystem Configuration Editortick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
msconfigSystem Configuration Utilitytick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
sfc /scannowSystem File Checker(Scan Immediately)tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
sfc /scanonceSystem FC (Scan Once At Next Boot)tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
sfc /scanbootSystem FC (Scan On Every Boot)tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
sfc /revertSystem FC (Return to Default Setting)tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
sfc /purgecacheSystem FC (Purge File Cache)tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
sfc /cachesize=xSystem FC (Set Cache Size to size x)tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
sysdm.cplSystem Propertiestick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
TaskmgrTask Managertick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
nusrmgr.cplUser Account Managementtick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
utilmanUtility Managertick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
explorerWindows Explorertick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
firewall.cplWindows Firewalltick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
magnifyWindows Magnifiertick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
wmimgmt.mscWindows Management lnfrastructure (WMI)tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
syskeyWindows System Security Tooltick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
wupdmgr

Windows 7: wuapp

Windows Update Launchestick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
winverWindows Versiontick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
tourstartWindows XP Tour Wizardtick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]
WriteWordpadtick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated] tick icon Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]

Which commands did I miss? Let us know in the comments.



 Use Run Dialog Commands to Access Windows Programs and Tools [Updated]

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  • Anonymous

    interesante aporte

  • Scott

    Great list! I just wanted to mention that if you type some of these commands using Windows 7 Start menu search they do not work (I am assuming Vista has a similar result). A work around is to start typing what the command is supposed to launch. Example, “control folders” does not launch Folder Properties; but if you type “folder ” not only do you get some more options under the Control Panel heading the first one selected should be Folder Options (at least it was for me). Worst comes to worst I guess you can just use the Winkey+R to open Run and than type the commands as they appear in the list above.

    • http://richr.org/ Rich

      Thanks for checking and for your contribution Scott.

  • http://www.weprintdiscs.com/ CD Printing

    I have Windows XP OS for almost 10 years and this was the first time I know about this. Definitely an awesome list. Keep posting more useful info.

  • http://mintywhite.com/ Uvais

    ipconfig /all
    ipconfig /displaydns
    ipconfig /flushdns
    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /renew
    ipconfig /registerdns
    ipconfig /showclassid
    ipconfig /setclassid

  • Octan Studios

    just so you know taskmgr works in windows 7 and 8

  • Daffy1948

    The command to fix the master boot record

  • http://richr.org/ Rich

    Glad you found it. Thanks for stopping by!

  • redwindspkt

    f

  • Karthiknbca

    very useful the cmd

  • Stuart Lynch

    wupdmgr was changed in Windows 7 to ‘Wuapp.exe’ so to launch Windows update in windows 7, run ‘wuapp’.

    • http://richr.org/ Rich

      Thanks Stuart, I’ve update the guide.

  • Stuart Lynch

    Also there are others like, 
    Microsoft Office Word – “Winword”
    Microsoft Office Excel – “Excel”
    Microsoft Office Outlook – “Outlook” 
    Paint – “mspaint”


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