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%ALLUSERSPROFILE% -Open the All User’s Profile

%HomeDrive% -Opens your home drive e.g. C:\

%UserProfile% -Opens you User’s Profile

%temp% Opens -temporary file Folder

%systemroot% -Opens Windows folder


Management Consoles

certmgr.msc –Certificate Manager

ciadv.msc –Indexing Service

compmgmt.msc –Computer management

devmgmt.msc –Device Manager

dfrg.msc –Defragment

diskmgmt.msc –Disk Management

fsmgmt.msc –Folder Sharing Management

eventvwr.msc –Event Viewer

gpedit.msc –Group Policy -XP Pro only

iis.msc –Internet Information Services

lusrmgr.msc –Local Users and Groups

mscorcfg.msc –Net configurations

ntmsmgr.msc –Removable Storage

perfmon.msc –Performance Manager

secpol.msc –Local Security Policy

services.msc –System Services

wmimgmt.msc –Windows Management



access.cpl –Accessibility Options

hdwwiz.cpl –Add New Hardware Wizard

appwiz.cpl –Add/Remove Programs

timedate.cpl –Date and Time Properties

desk.cpl –Display Properties

inetcpl.cpl –Internet Properties

joy.cpl –Joystick Properties

main.cpl keboard –Keyboard Properties

main.cpl –Mouse Properties

ncpa.cpl –Network Connections

ncpl.cpl –Network Properties

telephon.cpl –Phone and Modem options

powercfg.cpl –Power Management

intl.cpl –Regional settings

mmsys.cpl sounds –Sound Properties

mmsys.cpl –Sounds and Audio Device Properties

sysdm.cpl –System Properties

nusrmgr.cpl –User settings

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firewall.cpl –Firewall Settings (sp2)

wscui.cpl –Security Center (sp2)


Run Commands

Calc –Calculator

Cfgwiz32 –ISDN Configuration Wizard

Charmap –Character Map

Chkdisk –Repair damaged files

Cleanmgr –Cleans up hard drives

Clipbrd –Windows Clipboard viewer

Cmd –Opens a new Command Window (cmd.exe)

Control –Displays Control Panel

Dcomcnfg –DCOM user security

Debug –Assembly language programming tool

Defrag –Defragmentation tool

Drwatson –Records programs crash & snapshots

Dxdiag –DirectX Diagnostic Utility

Explorer –Windows Explorer

Fontview –Graphical font viewer

Ftp -ftp.exe program

Hostname –Returns Computer’s name

Ipconfig –Displays IP configuration for all network adapters

Jview –Microsoft Command-line Loader for Java classes

MMC –Microsoft Management Console

Msconfig –Configuration to edit startup files

Msinfo32 –Microsoft System Information Utility

Nbtstat –Displays stats and current connections using NetBios over TCP/IP

Netstat –Displays all active network connections

Nslookup–Returns your local DNS server

Ping –Sends data to a specified host/IP

Regedit –Registry Editor

Regsvr32 –Register/de-register DLL/OCX/ActiveX

Regwiz -Registration wizard

Sfc /scannow –System File Checker

Sndrec32 –Sound Recorder

Sndvol32 –Volume control for soundcard

Sysedit –Edit system startup files (config.sys, autoexec.bat, win.ini, etc.)

Taskmgr –Task manager

Telnet –Telnet program

Tracert –Traces and displays all paths required to reach an internet host

Winipcfg –Displays IP configuration

Wupdmgr –Takes you to Microsoft Windows Update


From: 3/31/2008