All the Windows Run commands you’ll ever need

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 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
Font Viewer
(Follow the fontview run command with the name of the font you wish to view.)
fontview
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

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

sysedit
System Information msinfo32
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 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 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

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

Ishaan Farooq

Hi, I am Ishaan Farooq, let me introduce myself. I am a Tech Blogger from Lucknow, India and am a big Techo Freak who loves to Surf Internet the whole day and is a Modding, Programming and Customization Enthusiast.
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