What are some useful run commands for Windows 7?

Angela J May 20, 2014

What are some useful run commands for Windows 7?

  1. Jan F
    May 20, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Windowskey + R should open up the familiar "run box" but Oron is correct, a lot of the commands can be used directly within the Search box.

    As for useful commands I'm really not sure what to suggest. I guess opening up applications which are usually buried in the All Programs menu or Control Panel is nice e.g. msconfig, services.msc, gpedit.msc but thanks to the Search box you can open those without the "run box" just as easily.

    For me that only leaves troubleshooting commands like regsvr32 which you (hopefully) don't need on a regular basis.

  2. Oron J
    May 20, 2014 at 9:32 am

    As far as I know, there isn't a separate "run" command in Windows 7 but the "search programs and files" box can be used for that purpose. Here are some things you can do with it:

    • Search for programs and files (obviously!).
    • Open any program/file by typing its name and pressing the Enter key. Even a partial name will work, as long as it is unique. For example, if you have IrfanView installed, you can run it simply by typing irfanview and pressing Enter.
    • Problem Steps Recorder - type PSR and the program will record your steps through a set of annotated screenshots which you can send to tech support to illustrate a problem you're encountering.
    • calculator - has lots of options in the "View" menu
    • shutdown - you can run this from the command line with a variety of options (type "shutdown /?" to see a list) or in interactive mode from the search box by typing "shutdown -i" (without the quotation marks).
    • regedit- allows you to edit the registry (proceed with extreme caution!).
    • Snipping tool - versatile tool for taking screenshots
  3. Dalsan M
    May 20, 2014 at 8:57 am

    A comprehensive list of commands can be found at Microsoft's Tech Net website here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb490890.aspx Here are 10 commands that system administrators should know: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/10-windows-7-commands-every-administrator-should-know/