Command Prompt Commands

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This is a list of command prompt commands, some of these may no longer function properly or at all in Windows Vista/7.


ACCESS.CPL - Accessibility Options

ACCWIZ.EXE - Accessibility Wizard

APPWIZ.CPL - Add or Remove Programs

ARP - Address Resolution Protocol

ASSOC - Change file extension associations

ASSOCIAT - One step file association

AT - Schedule a command to run at a later time

ATTRIB - Change file attributes


BROWSTAT - Get domain, browser and PDC info


CACLS - Change file permissions

CALL - Call one batch program from another

CD - Change Directory or move to a specific Folder

CERTMGR.MSC - Certificates

CHANGE - Change Terminal Server Session properties

CHARMAP.EXE - Character Map

CHKDSK - Check Disk - check and repair disk problems

CHKNTFS - Check the NTFS file system

CHOICE - Accept keyboard input to a batch file

CIPHER - Encrypt or Decrypt files/folders

CLEANMGR.EXE - Disk Space Cleanup Manager

CLEARMEM - Clear memory leaks

CLICONFG.EXE - SQL Client Configuration Utility

CLIP - Copy STDIN to the Windows clipboard.

CLS - Clear the screen

CLSPACK.EXE - Class Package Export Tool

CLUSTER - Windows Clustering

CMD - Start a new CMD shell

CMSTP.EXE - Connection Manager Profile Installer

COLOR - Change colours of the CMD window

COMP - Compare the contents of two files or sets of files

COMPACT - Compress files or folders on an NTFS partition

COMPMGMT.MSC - Computer Management

COMPRESS - Compress individual files on an NTFS partition

CON2PRT - Connect or disconnect a Printer

control netconnections - Network Connections

CONTROL.EXE - Control Panel

CONVERT - Convert a FAT drive to NTFS.

COPY - Copy one or more files to another location

CSVDE - Import or Export Active Directory data


DATE - Display or set the date

DCOMCNFG.EXE - Component Services


DEFRAG - Defragment hard drive

DEL - Delete one or more files

DELPROF - Delete NT user profiles

DELTREE - Delete a folder and all subfolders

DESK.CPL - Display Properties

DevCon - Device Manager Command Line Utility

DEVMGMT.MSC - Device Manager

DIALER.EXE - Phone Dialer

DIR - Display a list of files and folders

DIRUSE - Display disk usage

DISKCOMP - Compare the contents of two floppy disks

DISKCOPY - Copy the contents of one floppy disk to another

DISKMGMT.MSC - Disk Management

DNSSTAT - DNS Statistics

DOSKEY - Edit command line, recall commands, and create macros

DRWATSON.EXE - Doctor Watson v1.00b

DRWTSN32.EXE - Doctor Watson Settings

DSADD - Add user (computer, group..) to active directory

DSQUERY - List items in active directory

DSMOD - Modify user (computer, group..) in active directory

DXDIAG.EXE - DirectX Diagnostics


ECHO - Display message on screen

ENDLOCAL - End localisation of environment changes in a batch file

ERASE - Delete one or more files

EUDCEDIT.EXE - Private Character Editor

EVENTVWR.EXE - Event Viewer

EVENTVWR.MSC - Event Viewer

EXIT - Quit the CMD shell

EXPAND - Uncompress files

EXPLORER.EXE - Windows Explorer

EXTRACT - Uncompress CAB files


FC - Compare two files

FDISK - Disk Format and partition

FIND - Search for a text string in a file

FINDSTR - Search for strings in files

FOR - Conditionally perform a command several times

FORFILES - Batch process multiple files

FORMAT - Format a disk

FREEDISK - Check free disk space (in bytes)

FSMGMT.MSC - Shared Folders

FSUTIL - File and Volume utilities

FTP - File Transfer Protocol

FTYPE - Display or modify file types used in file extension associations

FXSCLNT.EXE - Fax Console

FXSCOVER.EXE - Fax Cover Page Editor

FXSEND.EXE - MS Fax Send Note Utility


GLOBAL - Display membership of global groups

GOTO - Direct a batch program to jump to a labelled line


HDWWIZ.CPL - Add Hardware Wizard

HELP - Online Help

HFNETCHK - Network Security Hotfix Checker


IEXPLORE.EXE - Internet Explorer

IF - Conditionally perform a command

IFMEMBER - Is the current user in an NT Workgroup

INETCPL.CPL - Internet Explorer Properties

INSTSRV - Install an NT Service

INTL.CPL - Regional and Language Options

IPCONFIG - Configure IP


JOY.CPL - Game Controllers


KILL - Remove a program from memory


LABEL - Edit a disk label

LOCAL - Display membership of local groups

LOGEVENT - Write text to the NT event viewer.

LOGOFF - Log a user off

LOGOFF.EXE - System Logoff

LOGTIME - Log the date and time in a file

LUSRMGR.MSC - Local Users and Groups


MAGNIFY.EXE - Microsoft Magnifier

MAIN.CPL - Mouse Properties

MAPISEND - Send email from the command line

MD - Create new folders

MEM - Display memory usage

MIGWIZ.EXE - File and Settings Transfer Wizard

MMC.EXE - Microsoft Management Console

MMSYS.CPL - Sounds and Audio Device Properties

MOBSYNC.EXE - Microsoft Synchronization Manager

MODE - Configure a system device

MORE - Display output, one screen at a time

MOUNTVOL - Manage a volume mount point

MOVE - Move files from one folder to another

MOVEUSER - Move a user from one domain to another

MPLAY32.EXE - Windows Media Player version 5.1

MPLAYER2.EXE - Classic Media Player

MSCONFIG.EXE - System Configuration Utility

MSG - Send a message

MSIEXEC - Microsoft Windows Installer

MSINFO - Windows NT diagnostics

MSINFO32.EXE - System Information

MSTSC - Terminal Server Connection (Remote Desktop Protocol)

MSTSC.EXE - Remote Desktop Connection

MUNGE - Find and Replace text within file(s)

MV - Copy in-use files


NARRATOR.EXE - Microsoft Narrator

NBTSTAT - Display networking statistics (NetBIOS over TCP/IP)

NCPA.CPL - Network Connections

NET - Manage network resources

NETDOM - Domain Manager

NETSETUP.EXE - Network Setup Wizard

NETSH - Configure network protocols

NETSTAT - Display networking statistics (TCP/IP)

NETSVC - Command-line Service Controller

NOW - Display the current Date and Time

NSLOOKUP - Name server lookup

NSLOOKUP.EXE - NSLookup Application

NTBACKUP - Backup folders to tape

NTMSOPRQ.MSC - Removable Storage Operator Requests

NTRIGHTS - Edit user account rights

NTSD.EXE - Symbolic Debugger for Windows 2000

NUSRMGR.CPL - User Accounts


ODBCAD32.EXE - ODBC Data Source Administrator

ODBCCP32.CPL - ODBC Data Source Administrator

OSUNINST.EXE - Windows Uninstall Utility


PACKAGER.EXE - Object Packager

PATH - Display or set a search path for executable files

PATHPING - Trace route plus network latency and packet loss

PAUSE - Suspend processing of a batch file and display a message


PERFMON - Performance Monitor

PERFMON.EXE - Performance Monitor

PERFMON.MSC - Performance Monitor

PERMS - Show permissions for a user

PING - Test a network connection

POPD - Restore the previous value of the current directory saved by PUSHD

PORTQRY - Display the status of ports and services

POWERCFG.CPL - Power Options Properties

PRINT - Print a text file

PRNCNFG - Display, configure or rename a printer

PRNMNGR - Add, delete, list printers set the default printer

PROGMAN.EXE - Program Manager

PROMPT - Change the command prompt

PUSHD - Save and then change the current directory


QGREP - Search file(s) for lines that match a given pattern.


RASDIAL - Manage RAS connections

RASPHONE - Manage RAS connections

RASPHONE.EXE - Remote Access Phonebook

RD - Delete folder(s)

RDISK - Create a Recovery Disk

RECOVER - Recover a damaged file from a defective disk.

REG - Read, Set or Delete registry keys and values

REGEDIT - Import or export registry settings

REGEDIT.EXE - Registry Editor

REGEDT32.EXE - Registry Editor

REGINI - Change Registry Permissions

REGSVR32 - Register or unregister a DLL

REM - Record comments (remarks) in a batch file

REN - Rename a file or files.

REPLACE - Replace or update one file with another

RESET.EXE - Resets Session

RMTSHARE - Share a folder or a printer

ROBOCOPY - Robust File and Folder Copy

ROUTE - Manipulate network routing tables

RSTRUI.EXE - System Restore

RTCSHARE.EXE - RTC Application Sharing

RUNAS - Execute a program under a different user account

RUNDLL32 - Run a DLL command (add/remove print connections)


SC - Service Control

SCHTASKS - Create or Edit Scheduled Tasks

SCLIST - Display NT Services

ScriptIt - Control GUI applications


SET - Display, set, or remove environment variables

SETLOCAL - Begin localisation of environment changes in a batch file

SETX - Set environment variables permanently

SFC.EXE - System File Checker

SHARE - List or edit a file share or print share

SHIFT - Shift the position of replaceable parameters in a batch file

SHORTCUT - Create a windows shortcut (.LNK file)

SHOWGRPS - List the Workgroups a user is in

SHOWMBRS - List the members of a Workgroup

SHRPUBW.EXE - Create Shared Folder

SHUTDOWN.EXE - System Shutdown

SIGVERIF.EXE - File Signature Verification

SLEEP - Wait for x seconds

SNDREC32.EXE - Sound Recorder

SNDVOL32.EXE - Sound Volume

SOON - Schedule a command to run in the near future

SORT - Sort input

START - Start a separate window to run a specified program or command

SU - Switch User

SUBINACL - Edit file and folder Permissions, Ownership and Domain

SUBST - Associate a path with a drive letter

SYNCAPP.EXE - Create A Briefcase

SYSDM.CPL - System Properties

SYSEDIT.EXE - System Configuration Editor



TASKLIST - List running applications and services TIME Display or set the system time

TASKMGR.EXE - Task Manager

TELEPHON.CPL - Phone and Modem Options

TELNET.EXE - MS Telnet Client

TIMEDATE.CPL - Date and Time Properties

TIMEOUT - Delay processing of a batch file

TITLE - Set the window title for a CMD.EXE session

TOUCH - Change file timestamps

TOURSTART.EXE - Windows Tour Launcher

TRACERT - Trace route to a remote host

TREE - Graphical display of folder structure

TSSHUTDN.EXE - System Shutdown

TYPE - Display the contents of a text file


USERINIT.EXE - My Documents

USRSTAT - List domain usernames and last login

UTILMAN.EXE - System Utility Manager


VER - Display version information

VERIFIER.EXE - Driver Verifier Manager

VERIFY - Verify that files have been saved

VOL - Display a disk label


WAB.EXE - Windows Address Book

WABMIG.EXE - Address Book Import Tool

WHERE - Locate and display files in a directory tree

WHOAMI - Output the current UserName and domain

WIAACMGR.EXE - Scanner and Camera Wizard

WINCHAT.EXE - Windows for Workgroups Chat

WINDIFF - Compare the contents of two files or sets of files

WINHELP.EXE - Windows Help Engine


WINMSD - Windows system diagnostics

WINMSDP - Windows system diagnostics IIWMIC WMI Commands

WINVER.EXE - Windows Version Information

WMIMGMT.MSC - Windows Management Infrastructure

WSCRIPT.EXE - Windows Script Host Settings

WUPDMGR.EXE - Windows Update


XCACLS - Change file permissions

XCOPY - Copy files and folders