Windows – Run Commands and Command Line Shortcuts

KB ID 0000828 


One of the advantages of launching applications form the ‘Run box’ is, no matter where Microsoft move things to in the graphical interface, they rarely change the commands. So when Windows 8 came out and there was much gnashing of teeth, I just ran the same old commands I used to run, and wondered what all the fuss was about!

Launch Run Box


Below is by no means a complete list, but is a collection of stuff I’ve found either from other sites or in my day to day troubleshooting.

Note: If Im missing one you think should be included, drop me an email (contact details below), and I’ll include it for you.

To Launch
From The Run Command,
Accessibility Controls  access.cpl
Accessibility Wizard  accwiz
Action Center wscui.cpl
Active Directory Users and Computers (if installed) dsa.msc
Add Hardware Wizard hdwwiz.cpl
Add/Remove Programs appwiz.cpl
Administrative Tools control admintools
Adobe Acrobat (if installed) acrobat
Adobe Bridge (if installed) bridge
Adobe Designer (if installed) formdesigner
Adobe Distiller (if installed) acrodist
Adobe Dreamweaver (if installed) dreamweaver
Adobe ImageReady (if installed) imageready
Adobe Photoshop (if installed) photoshop
Application Data Folder(opens the logged in users) %appdata%
Automatic Updates wuaucpl.cpl
Backup and Restore sdclt.exe
Bluetooth Devices bthprops.cpl
Bluetooth Transfer Wizard fsquirt
Calculator calc
Certificate Manager certmgr.msc
Character Map charmap
Check Disk Utility chkdsk
Clipboard Viewer (XP only) clipbrd
Color Calibration dccw.exe
Color Management colorcpl.exe
Command Prompt cmd
Common Program Files Folder (open) %commonprogramfiles%
Compare Files comp
Component Services dcomcnfg
Computer Management compmgmt.msc
Contacts wab
Control Panel control
Date and Time Properties timedate.cpl
DDE Shares (XP only) ddeshare
Devices and Printers control printers
Device Manager devmgmt.msc or hdwwiz.cpl
Direct X Control Panel (if installed) directx.cpl
Direct X Troubleshooter dxdiag
Disk Cleanup Utility cleanmgr
Disk Defragment (XP only) dfrg.msc
Disk Management diskmgmt.msc
Disk Partition Manager diskpart
Display Properties control desktop
Display Properties desk.cpl
Display Properties (XP Appearance Tab Preselected, Windows 8 Personalization > Color and Appearance) control color
Display (Scaling) DpiScaling.exe
DNS Management Console (if installed) dnsmgmt.msc
Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting Utility (Now Windows 8) drwtsn32
Driver Verifier Utility verifier
Ease of Access Center utilman
Event Viewer eventvwr.msc
Files and Settings Transfer Tool migwiz
File Signature Verification Tool sigverif
Findfast (XP Only) findfast.cpl
Firefox (if installed) firefox
Folder Sharing Management fsmgmt.msc
Folders Properties (XP only) folders
Fonts control fonts
Fonts Folder fonts
Font Viewer fontview
FTP ftp
Free Cell Card Game (if installed) freecell
Gateway Services for Netware (if installed) nwc.cpl
Game Controllers joy.cpl
Group Policy Editor (LOCAL Policy) gpedit.msc
Group Policy Management Console (Domain) gpmc.msc
Hearts Card Game (if installed) mshearts
Help and Support (XP only) helpctr
Home Path (display) %homepath%
Home Folder / Drive (display) %homedrive%
HyperTerminal (if installed (Removed in Windows 7) hypertrm
Iexpress Wizard iexpress
Import Windows Contacts wabmig
Indexing Service (XP only) ciadv.msc
Infrared Port properties (only if device installed) Irprops.cpl
Internet Connection Wizard (XP only) icwconn1
Internet Explorer iexplore
Internet Information Services iis.msc
Internet Properties inetcpl.cpl
Internet Setup Wizard (XP only) inetwiz
Java Control Panel (if installed) jpicpl32.cpl
Java Control Panel (if installed) javaws
Keyboard Properties control keyboard
Local Group Policy Editor gpedit.msc
Local Security Policy secpol.msc
Local Users and Groups lusrmgr.msc
Log on Server (display) %logonserver%
Logs You Out Of Windows logoff
Malicious Software Removal Tool mrt
Microsoft Access (if installed) msaccess
Microsoft Chat winchat
Microsoft Excel (if installed) excel
Microsoft Frontpage (if installed) frontpg
Microsoft Mail Post Office (XP only) wgpocpl.cpl
Microsoft Movie Maker moviemk
Microsoft Outlook (if installed) outlook
Microsoft Paint mspaint
Microsoft Picture Manager (if installed) ois
Microsoft Powerpoint (if installed) powerpnt
Microsoft Word (if installed) winword
Microsoft Syncronization Tool mobsync
Minesweeper Game (if installed) winmine
Mouse Properties control mouse
Mouse Properties main.cpl
Narrator Settings narrator
Nero (if installed) nero
Netmeeting (XP only) conf
Network Connections control netconnections
Network Connections ncpa.cpl
Network Setup Wizard (XP only) netsetup.cpl
Notepad notepad
Nview Desktop Manager (if installed) nvtuicpl.cpl
Object Packager (XP only) packager
ODBC Data Source Administrator (XP only) odbccp32.cpl
On Screen Keyboard osk
Opens AC3 Filter (if installed) ac3filter.cpl
Outlook Express (XP only) msimn
Paint pbrush
Password Properties (XP only_ password.cpl
PCMCIA card properties (if installed) main.cpl pc card
Pen and Touch tabletpc.cpl
People Near Me collab.cpl
Performance Monitor perfmon.msc
Performance Monitor perfmon
Phone and Modem Options telephon.cpl
Phone Dialer dialer
Pinball Game (if installed) pinball
Power Configuration powercfg.cpl
Printers and Faxes control printers
Printers Folder (XP only) printers
Private Character Editor eudcedit
Quicktime (If Installed) quicktime.cpl
Quicktime Player (if installed) quicktimeplayer
Real Player (if installed) realplay
Regional Settings intl.cpl
Registry Editor regedit
Registry Editor regedit32
Remote Access Phonebook rasphone
Remote Desktop mstsc
Removable Storage (XP only) ntmsmgr.msc
Removable Storage Operator Requests (XP only) ntmsoprq.msc
Resultant Set of Policy rsop.msc
Set Program Access and Computer Defaults computerdefaults.exe
Scan wiaacmgr
Scanners and Cameras (XP only) sticpl.cpl
Screen Resolution desk.cpl
Scheduled Tasks control schedtasks
Security Center wscui.cpl
Services services.msc
Shared Folders fsmgmt.msc
Shuts Down Windows shutdown
Sounds and Audio mmsys.cpl
Speech Properties (XP only) sapi.cpl
Spider Solitare Card Game (if installed) spider
SQL Client Configuration cliconfg
System Configuration Editor (XP only) sysedit
System Configuration Utility msconfig
System Information msinfo32
System Management Properties (XP only) smscfg.cpl
System Properties sysdm.cpl
System Properties (advanced tab) SystemPropertiesAdvanced.exe
System Restore rstrui.exe
Task Manager taskmgr
Telnet telnet
Tempraray Folder (open) %temp%
TCP Tester (XP only) tcptest
Telnet Client telnet
Tweak UI (if installed) tweakui
User Accounts netplwiz.exe
User Account Management (XP only) nusrmgr.cpl
User Profiles %allusersprofiles%
Utility Manager (XP only in later versions Ease of Access Center) utilman
User Profile (open) %userprofile%
Volume Mixer sndvol.exe
Windows Address Book (XP only in newer versions opens Contacts) wab
Windows 7 File Recovery sdclt.exe
Windows Address Book Import Utility wabmig
Windows Backup Utility (XP/2003 and earlier) ntbackup
Widows Directory %windir%
Windows Explorer explorer
Windows Features (turn on or off) optionalfeatures.exe
Windows Firewall firewall.cpl
Windows Magnifier magnify
Windows Management Infrastructure wmimgmt.msc
Windows Management Instrumentation wmic
Windows Media Player wmplayer
Windows Messenger (if installed) msmsgs
Windows Messaging (if installed) mlcfg32.cpl
Windows Picture Import Wizard (XP only – need a camera connecting) wiaacmgr
Windows Security Center (XP SP2 only) wsciu.cpl
Windows Script Host wscript
Windows System Security Tool syskey
Windows Update Launches (XP only) wupdmgr
Windows Version winver
Windows XP Tour Wizard (XP only) tourstart
Wordpad write


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