Command Prompt probably might not be a tool most of you will use on a regular basis. However, it can really come in handy now and then. Especially when you want to troubleshoot a specific Windows problem or to automate some kind of task. Opening Command Prompt will only take you several seconds, no matter what version of Windows you’re using. this can be much less once you learn how to do it. I am going to show you how to open Command Prompt in Windows
Command Prompt is one of the command-line interface programs used to execute commands in Windows operating systems
In this guide, you will be presented with simple ways to open or access command prompt in any versions of Windows Operating System you are using.
These versions of operating systems include; Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, and Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP.
Now, lets get started!
How to open Command Prompt in Windows 10
- Tap or click the Start button, followed by All apps.If you’re not using the Desktop in Windows 10, tap the All apps button on the bottom-left of your screen instead. It’s the icon that looks like the small list of items.
Tip: The Power User Menu is a much faster way to get to Command Prompt in Windows 10 but only if you’re using a keyboard or mouse. Just choose Command Prompt from the menu that appears after pressing WIN+X or right-clicking on the Start button.
- Find the Windows System folder from the list of apps and tap or click it.
- Under the Windows System folder, click or tap Command Prompt.By now, the Command Prompt should open immediately.
- Now, You can execute whatever commands in Windows 10 you’d like to run.
Open Command Prompt in Windows 8 or 8.1
- Swipe up to show the Apps screen. You can accomplish the same thing with a mouse by clicking on the down arrow icon at the bottom of the screen.Note: Prior to the Windows 8.1 update, the Apps screen can be accessed from the Start screen by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, or right-clicking anywhere, and then choosing All apps.
Furthermore, If you’re using a keyboard or mouse, a really quick way to open a Command Prompt window in Windows 8 is via the Power User Menu – just hold the WIN and X keys down together, or right-click on the Start button, and choose Command Prompt.
- Now that you’re on the Apps screen, swipe or scroll to the right and locate the Windows System section heading.
- Under Windows System, tap or click on Command Prompt.A new Command Prompt window will open on the Desktop.
- You can now execute whatever command you needed to run.
Open Command Prompt in Windows 7, Vista, or XP
- Click on Start (Windows XP) or the Start button (Windows 7 or Vista).Tip: In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, it’s a bit faster to enter command in the search box at the bottom of the Start Menu. And then click Command Prompt when it appears in the results.
- Click All Programs, followed by Accessories.
- Choose Command Prompt from the list of programs.Command Prompt should open right away.
- You can use Command Prompt to execute commands.
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You can also open Command Prompt in any version of Windows, by executing the cmd run command. You can do this from any Search field in Windows, or via the Run dialog box (you can open the Run dialog box with the Win+R keyboard shortcut).
In versions of Windows released before Windows XP, like Windows 98 and Windows 95, Command Prompt does not exist. However, the older and very similar MS-DOS Prompt does. You can find this program in the Start Menu, and you can open it with the command run command.
Some commands, like the sfc command that’s used to repair Windows files, require that Command Prompt be opened as an administrator before they can be executed. You’ll know if this is the case if you get a “check that you have administrative rights “or “… command can only be executed from an elevated command prompt” message after trying to execute the command.
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