Useful Run Commands Every Windows User Should Know

Run Commands Best Windows

A quick-and-easy keyboard-only way to run Windows’s wealth of tools is through the “Run” command. If you know the corresponding Run command of a tool or task, then you know the quickest way to access said tool or task. This list of our favorite Run commands will help you be more productive.

Note: press Win + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box and enter any of the below commands to access the respective tool.


List of Run Commands

1. services.msc – When you enter “services.msc” and press the Enter button, it will open the Windows Services app where you can easily start, stop and configure other settings for each and every service individually. It’s quite helpful when you want to toggle a service.

services.msc run command

2. mstsc – Entering “mstsc” into the Run dialog box opens the Remote Desktop Connection app which allows you to connect to other Windows computers over the local network or through the Internet. This helps you use the host computer as your own.

mstsc run command

3. msinfo32 – If you want to quickly get your system information, then the “msinfo32” command is the way to go. At a glance, it will display all the system details, including the hardware resources and software environment.

Run Commands System In

4. sdclt – This command opens the Backup and Restore window that allows you to quickly set a backup schedule or restore any of your previous backups.

5. compmgmt.msc – The Computer Management app is where you can access almost all the advanced Windows modules, like Event Viewer, Shared Folder, System Tools, etc.

compmgmt.msc run command

6. cleanmgr – This command allows you to open the Windows Disk Cleanup utility. Once opened, simply select the drive your want to clean up and click the “OK” button.

cleanmgr run command

7. eventvwr.msc – Windows Event Viewer is where Windows stores all the monitoring and troubleshooting messages. You can use this command to quickly access the Event Viewer application.

8. control – Every Windows user knows a thing or two about the Windows Control Panel, and using this command, you can quickly access the Control Panel with some stumbling around.

9. mmc – Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is an advanced Windows module that is mainly aimed at system administrators and power users, as it sports all the tools required for configuring and monitoring a Windows system.

10. resmon – Whenever you want to check how your system resources are being utilized, simply use this Run command, and it displays everything from your CPU to Disc to Network.

Run Commands Resource Monitor

11. () – This is one of the lesser-known Run commands. Just enter the backslash () into the Run dialog box, and it will open up the C drive. It is one of the quickest ways to access the C drive.

12. (.) – This is yet another lesser-known Run command. Type period (.) to open the current user’s home folder, which hosts all the other local folders, such as Downloads, Documents, Desktop, Pictures, etc.

13. (..) – When you execute these two dots in the Run dialog box, it will open the Users folder, which is located directly in the C drive.

Run Commands Users

14. calc – If you want to quickly open the built-in Windows calculator app, typing calc in the Run dialog box is the easiest way to do it.

15. cmd – Even Windows users have to deal with the command line sometimes. With this command, you can quickly open the command prompt without administrator privileges.

Run Commands Cmd

16. powershell – If the command prompt is too old for you, then you may want to try PowerShell. Just type this command in the Run dialog box to open your PowerShell without administrator privileges.

17. netplwiz – The general user accounts option is available through the Control Panel, but if you want to mess with the advanced user account options, then use this command to open the Advanced User Accounts window. If you want to deal with the Authorization Manager, then use the Run command azman.msc.

Run Commands User Accounts

18. gpedit.msc – Group Policy Editor in Windows allows you to set and edit different Windows policies of a local or remote computer. Since Group Policy Editor is an advanced tool, it is buried deep inside Windows, and this Run command is the easiest way to access it. However, this command will only work on the Windows 10 Pro version and not the Home variant.

For Windows 10 Home, download the gpedit-enabler.bat file, right-click on it, and Run as an administrator. Let the installation process complete, then use the gpedit.msc command.

19. lusrmgr.msc – Using this command, you can open the Local Users and Groups Manager, where you can edit several properties of all the users and groups. Again, this command will only work on Windows 10 Pro. To use it on Windows 10 Home, install its third-party alternative.


20. mrt – Every month Windows releases a newer version of Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool through the Windows Update. This free tool helps you in cleaning some of the most popular malicious software from your Windows computer. This tool runs silently in the background, but if you want to run it manually, then use this Run command.

Run Commands Malicious Software Removal

21. ncpa.cpl – Being an Internet user means that you have to deal with occasional (if not daily) network problems, and one way to troubleshoot your network connection is by accessing your Network Adapters. To access all your Network Adapters, you can use this Run command.

22. perfmon.msc – If you want to monitor the performance of your Windows computer and effects of the programs you run, running Performance Monitor will provide ample data. You can access the Performance Monitor using this command.


23. powercfg.cpl – Windows hosts a wide range of power options to deal with your computer’s power usage, and you can access all those Power Options using this command.


24. appwiz.cpl – Using this command you can quickly access the Programs and Features window where you can quickly uninstall your installed programs.

25. devmgmt.msc – Windows Device Manager is where you can manage all your hardware devices, and you can use this Run command to quickly access it. Alternatively, you can also use the command “hdwwiz.cpl.”

26. regedit – The Regedit Run command can be used to access the Windows Registry, which is a hierarchical database that hosts all the configurations and settings of an operating system and the installed programs.

27. msconfig – Windows System Configuration is where you can edit different things, like the boot options, startup options, services, etc. You can use this Run command to access the System Configuration window.


28. sysdm.cpl – If you ever want to access the System Properties window, then using this Run command opens it.


29. firewall.cpl – If you want to manage or configure your Windows firewall, then you can use this Run command to quickly access the Firewall window.

30. wuapp – You can use this command to check, manage and configure all your Windows Update settings. Please note that this command will not work on Windows 10 devices, as all the options related to Windows Update are now available under “Start → Settings → Update and Security.” You may, however, use the “ms-settings:windowsupdate” command to open the Windows Update window.

31. taskmgr – This command launches the Task Manager utility, which displays the programs, services, and processes that are currently running on your PC. It also allows you to monitor the performance of your computer in terms of CPU usage, memory, network status, disk usage, and GPU usage. Viewing app history, changing startup programs, and terminating a non-responding program are other tools offered by Task Manager.

Run Commands Task Manager 1

32. charmap – This command will unveil the Character Map app, which contains a variety of special characters not found on your keyboard, such as accented letters, foreign language characters, and other symbols. It allows you to copy-paste special characters into your document or simply drag them into compatible programs, such as Microsoft Word, WordPad, and so on.

Run Commands Character Map

33. shutdown – Use this command to shut down or restart your computer. To shut down, type shutdown /s, and to restart, type shutdown /r. If you want the computer to shut down automatically after a certain amount of time, type shutdown /s /t seconds, where the number seconds is denotes the time the computer will wait before it will shut down automatically.

Tip: type shutdown /a to cancel the scheduled shutdown.

34. rstrui – If you need to restore your computer, use this command to get to the System Restore interface quickly, then follow the on-screen instructions to restore your computer.

More Run Commands

Can’t get enough of the Run command? Here we have compiled a big list of all the Run commands available in Windows.

Task Name Run Command
About Windows winver
Add a Device devicepairingwizard
Add Hardware Wizard hdwwiz
Advanced User Accounts netplwiz
Authorization Manager azman
Backup and Restore sdclt
Bluetooth File Transfer fsquirt
Calculator calc
Certificates certmgr
Change Computer Performance Settings systempropertiesperformance
Change Data Execution Prevention Settings systempropertiesdataexecutionprevention
Change Printer Settings printui
Character Map charmap
ClearType Tuner cttune
Color Management colorcpl
Command Prompt cmd
Component Services comexp
Component Services dcomcnfg
Computer Management compmgmt
Computer Management compmgmtlauncher
Connect to a Network Projector netproj
Connect to a Projector displayswitch
Control Panel control
Create A Shared Folder Wizard shrpubw
Create a System Repair Disc recdisc
Credential Backup and Restore Wizard credwiz
Data Execution Prevention systempropertiesdataexecutionprevention
Default Location locationnotifications
Device Manager devmgmt
Device Pairing Wizard devicepairingwizard
Diagnostics Troubleshooting Wizard msdt
Digitizer Calibration Tool tabcal
DirectX Diagnostic Tool dxdiag
Disk Cleanup cleanmgr
Disk Defragmenter dfrgui
Disk Management diskmgmt
Display dpiscaling
Display Color Calibration dccw
Display Switch displayswitch
DPAPI Key Migration Wizard dpapimig
Driver Verifier Manager verifier
Ease of Access Center utilman
Encrypting File System Wizard rekeywiz
Event Viewer eventvwr
Fax Cover Page Editor fxscover
File Signature Verification sigverif
Getting Started gettingstarted
IExpress Wizard iexpress
Import to Windows Contacts wabmig*
iSCSI Initiator Configuration Tool iscsicpl
iSCSI Initiator Properties iscsicpl
Language Pack Installer lpksetup
Local Group Policy Editor gpedit
Local Security Policy secpol
Local Users and Groups lusrmgr
Location Activity locationnotifications
Magnifier magnify
Malicious Software Removal Tool mrt
Manage Your File Encryption Certificates rekeywiz
Math Input Panel mip*
Microsoft Management Console mmc
Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool msdt
NAP Client Configuration napclcfg
Narrator narrator
New Scan Wizard wiaacmgr
Notepad notepad
ODBC Data Source Administrator odbcad32
ODBC Driver Configuration odbcconf
On-Screen Keyboard osk
Paint mspaint
Performance Monitor perfmon
Performance Options systempropertiesperformance
Phone Dialer dialer
Presentation Settings presentationsettings
Print Management printmanagement
Printer Migration printbrmui
Printer User Interface printui
Private Character Editor eudcedit
Problem Steps Recorder psr
Protected Content Migration dpapimig
Registry Editor regedit
Remote Access Phonebook rasphone
Remote Desktop Connection mstsc
Resource Monitor resmon
Resultant Set of Policy rsop
Securing the Windows Account Database syskey
Services services
Set Program Access and Computer Defaults computerdefaults
Share Creation Wizard shrpubw
Shared Folders fsmgmt
Snipping Tool snippingtool
Sound Recorder soundrecorder
SQL Server Client Network Utility cliconfg
Sticky Notes stikynot
Stored User Names and Passwords credwiz
Sync Center mobsync
System Configuration msconfig
System Configuration Editor sysedit (This command doesn’t work in the 64-bit version of Windows.)
System Information msinfo32
System Properties (Advanced Tab) systempropertiesadvanced
System Properties (Computer Name Tab) systempropertiescomputername
System Properties (Hardware Tab) systempropertieshardware
System Properties (Remote Tab) systempropertiesremote
System Properties (System Protection Tab) systempropertiesprotection
System Restore rstrui
Tablet PC Input Panel tabtip*
Task Manager taskmgr
Task Scheduler taskschd
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Management tpm
User Account Control Settings useraccountcontrolsettings
Utility Manager utilman
Version Reporter Applet winver
Volume Mixer sndvol
Windows Activation Client slui
Windows Anytime Upgrade Results windowsanytimeupgraderesults
Windows Contacts wab*
Windows Disc Image Burning Tool isoburn
Windows DVD Maker dvdmaker*
Windows Easy Transfer migwiz*
Windows Explorer explorer
Windows Fax and Scan wfs
Windows Features optionalfeatures
Windows Firewall with Advanced Security wf
Windows Help and Support winhlp32
Windows Journal journal*
Windows Media Player wmplayer*
Windows Memory Diagnostic Scheduler mdsched
Windows Mobility Center mblctr
Windows Picture Acquisition Wizard wiaacmgr
Windows PowerShell powershell*
Windows PowerShell ISE powershell_ise*
Windows Remote Assistance msra
Windows Repair Disc recdisc
Windows Script Host wscript
Windows Update wuapp
Windows Update Standalone Installer wusa
WMI Management wmimgmt
WMI Tester wbemtest
WordPad write
XPS Viewer xpsrchvw
Access Screen Resolution page desk.cpl
Access Mouse properties main.cpl
Access Windows Action Center wscui.cpl
Access Network Adapters ncpa.cpl
Access Power Option powercfg.cpl
Access the Programs and Features Window appwiz.cpl
Access the System Properties sysdm.cpl
Access the Windows Firewall firewall.cpl
*You cannot run these commands from a command prompt or the search box.

As you can see, the Windows Run command is one of the best utilities you can find in Windows.

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