Windows Run feature is incredibly handy. However, it is something relatively few users know about and even fever use it and the main reason behind this is perhaps, because the users don’t know the commands. So, to solve this problem, I decided to put together all the run commands I can think of in this one post.

First, for the uninitiated, let’s start by understanding what the Run commands basically are. Run command is a quick way to open programs, files, folders, and—when you’re connected to the Internet—websites. A run command is essentially just the executable file name for a particular program. Simply put, a run command is the name of the very file that starts an application. Often, many windows tools are buried deep inside and are not easily accessible and you can run those easily by their respective run commands.

Below are the all the run commands I have ever known. Please keep in mind that some of these may not work in all versions of Windows.

Task

Command

Open C Drive\
Open Current User’s home folder.
Open Users folder in C drive..
About Windowswinver
Add a Devicedevicepairingwizard
Add Hardware Wizardhdwwiz
Advanced User Accountsnetplwiz
Authorization Managerazman
Backup and Restoresdclt
Bluetooth File Transferfsquirt
Calculatorcalc
Certificatescertmgr
Change Computer Performance Settingssystempropertiesperformance
Change Data Execution Prevention Settingssystempropertiesdataexecutionprevention
Change Printer Settingsprintui
Character Mapcharmap
ClearType Tunercttune
Color Managementcolorcpl
Command Promptcmd
Component Servicescomexp
Component Servicesdcomcnfg
Computer Managementcompmgmt
Computer Managementcompmgmtlauncher
Connect to a Network Projectornetproj
Connect to a Projectordisplayswitch
Control Panelcontrol
Create A Shared Folder Wizardshrpubw
Create a System Repair Discrecdisc
Credential Backup and Restore Wizardcredwiz
Data Execution Preventionsystempropertiesdataexecutionprevention
Default Locationlocationnotifications
Device Managerdevmgmt
Device Pairing Wizarddevicepairingwizard
Diagnostics Troubleshooting Wizardmsdt
Digitizer Calibration Tooltabcal
DirectX Diagnostic Tooldxdiag
Disk Cleanupcleanmgr
Disk Defragmenterdfrgui
Disk Managementdiskmgmt
Displaydpiscaling
Display Color Calibrationdccw
Display Switchdisplayswitch
DPAPI Key Migration Wizarddpapimig
Driver Verifier Managerverifier
Ease of Access Centerutilman
Encrypting File System Wizardrekeywiz
Event Viewereventvwr
Font Viewer
(Follow the fontview run command with the name of the font you wish to view.)
fontview
Fax Cover Page Editorfxscover
File Signature Verificationsigverif
Getting Startedgettingstarted
IExpress Wizardiexpress
Import to Windows Contactswabmig
iSCSI Initiator Configuration Tooliscsicpl
iSCSI Initiator Propertiesiscsicpl
Language Pack Installerlpksetup
Local Group Policy Editorgpedit
Local Security Policysecpol
Local Users and Groupslusrmgr
Location Activitylocationnotifications
Magnifiermagnify
Malicious Software Removal Toolmrt
Manage Your File Encryption Certificatesrekeywiz
Math Input Panelmip
Microsoft Management Consolemmc
Microsoft Support Diagnostic Toolmsdt
NAP Client Configurationnapclcfg
Narratornarrator
New Scan Wizardwiaacmgr
Notepadnotepad
ODBC Data Source Administratorodbcad32
ODBC Driver Configurationodbcconf
On-Screen Keyboardosk
Paintmspaint
Performance Monitorperfmon
Performance Optionssystempropertiesperformance
Phone Dialerdialer
Presentation Settingspresentationsettings
Print Managementprintmanagement
Printer Migrationprintbrmui
Printer User Interfaceprintui
Private Character Editoreudcedit
Problem Steps Recorderpsr
Protected Content Migrationdpapimig
Registry Editorregedit
Remote Access Phonebookrasphone
Remote Desktop Connectionmstsc
Resource Monitorresmon
Resultant Set of Policyrsop
Securing the Windows Account Databasesyskey
Servicesservices
Set Program Access and Computer Defaultscomputerdefaults
Share Creation Wizardshrpubw
Shared Foldersfsmgmt
Snipping Toolsnippingtool
Sound Recordersoundrecorder
SQL Server Client Network Utilitycliconfg
Sticky Notesstikynot
Stored User Names and Passwordscredwiz
Sync Centermobsync
System Configurationmsconfig
System Configuration Editor

(Doesn’t works in 64-bit versions of Windows)

sysedit
System Informationmsinfo32
System Properties (Advanced Tab)

System Properties (Computer Name Tab)

System Properties (Hardware Tab)

System Properties (Remote Tab)

System Properties (System Protection Tab)

systempropertiesadvanced

systempropertiescomputername

systempropertieshardware

systempropertiesremote

systempropertiesprotection

System Restorerstrui
Tablet PC Input Paneltabtip
Task Managertaskmgr
Task Schedulertaskschd
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Managementtpm
User Account Control Settingsuseraccountcontrolsettings
Utility Managerutilman
Version Reporter Appletwinver
Volume Mixersndvol
Windows Activation Clientslui
Windows Anytime Upgrade Resultswindowsanytimeupgraderesults
Windows Contactswab
Windows Disc Image Burning Toolisoburn
Windows DVD Makerdvdmaker
Windows Easy Transfermigwiz
Windows Explorerexplorer
Windows Fax and Scanwfs
Windows Featuresoptionalfeatures
Windows Help and Supportwinhlp32
Windows Journaljournal
Windows Media Playerwmplayer
Windows Memory Diagnostic Schedulermdsched
Windows Mobility Centermblctr
Windows Picture Acquisition Wizardwiaacmgr
Windows PowerShellpowershell
Windows PowerShell ISEpowershell_ise
Windows Remote Assistancemsra
Windows Repair Discrecdisc
Windows Script Hostwscript
Windows Updatewuapp
Windows Update Standalone Installerwusa
WMI Managementwmimgmt
WMI Testerwbemtest
WordPadwrite
XPS Viewerxpsrchvw
Access Screen Resolution pagedesk.cpl
Access Mouse propertiesmain.cpl
Access Windows Action Centerwscui.cpl
Access Network Adaptersncpa.cpl
Access Power Optionpowercfg.cpl
Access the Programs and Features Windowappwiz.cpl
Access the System Propertiessysdm.cpl
Access the Windows Firewallfirewall.cpl

Now, you can see that Windows Run utility is easily one of the best tools in Windows. Have any lesser known run command you can’t find above? Share them in the comments section below!

Ishaan Farooq

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