Windows Run Commands: Complete List

Windows Run Commands: Windows has a Run dialog box that executes a command to quickly and directly access settings, tools, and operating system features without using other methods. Launching the Run command will allow you to immediately begin performing the necessary operations in an application or operating system component, without wasting time opening various windows using other methods in Windows.

Some system tools are not directly accessible from Control Panel, Settings, or the Start menu, so Windows Run commands can help you quickly access hidden system settings. Windows Run commands can be used as an additional way to launch applications or operating system tools.

  1. Opening the Run Dialog Box in Windows
  2. Launching browsers using commands from “Run”
  3. Launching system applications from the Run window
  4. Launching Microsoft programs
  5. Opening individual folders, drives
  6. Launching Windows system functions, administration
  7. Setup, check equipment, device and network
  8. Article Conclusions

In the tables of this article you will find a list of commands “Run” (Windows Run), which I have divided into several blocks for easier searching. The presented list of commands work in different versions of the Windows operating system: in Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7.

In the article you will find more than 130 commands suitable for all kinds of cases that a user may encounter when working on a computer.

Opening the Run Dialog Box in Windows

First, read the instructions on how to invoke the Run command on a Windows system. In Windows 7, this will not be difficult, the dialog box is located in the Start menu, in the Accessories folder. In Windows 10 and in Windows 8.1, you will need to right-click on the Start menu, and select Run from the menu that opens. In the Start menu of the Windows 10 operating system, the Run command is located in the System – Windows folder.

Let’s see how to open the Run command in another universal way that works in all modern versions of the Windows operating system.

Follow these steps:

  1. Press the keyboard keys “Win” + “R” at the same time.
  2. The Run dialog box opens, prompting you to enter the name of the program, folder, document, or Internet resource you want to open.
  3. Enter the appropriate command in the “Open” field, and then click on the “OK” button, or press the “Enter” key.

After that, the window of the application or system tool, called by the user’s command, will open.

Launching browsers using commands from “Run”

The first table shows the “Run” menu commands required to launch Internet browsers – browsers. To launch the main, most popular browsers, you should use the commands from the table below.

Team Action to take
iexplore launching the Internet Explorer browser
inetcpl.cpl Internet Explorer properties
msedge launching the Microsoft Edge browser
chrome launching the Google Chrome browser
firefox Mozilla Firefox browser launch
opera launching the Opera browser
vivaldi Launching the Vivaldi Browser
You can open the browser immediately on a specific site. In Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera browsers, after the browser name, enter the name of the site whose page you want to open after starting the program. Enter something like this: “chrome” (without quotes). For the Microsoft Edge browser, you will need to enter the site address with the URL protocol: “microsoft-edge:”. If you simply enter the site address: “” into the “Run” window without a browser name, the site page will be opened in the default browser on your computer.

Launching system applications from the Run window

Applications are built into the Windows operating system to perform certain functions using system tools. Programs are launched using the appropriate command through “Run”. The table contains standard applications that are included with Windows.

Team Action to take
notepad launching Notepad
mspaint opening the graphic editor Paint
write launching the WordPad test editor
calc Launching the Calculator app
snipping tool opening the Scissors program to take a screenshot
osk Launching the application On-Screen Keyboard
magnify opening Magnifier
wmplayer launching Windows Media Player
xpsrchvw launching the XPS Viewer application
narrator Launch Narrator
charmap opening the Symbol Table
cttune text adjuster for easier reading
mip input panel for mathematical expressions
dialer phone app
dvd maker Windows DVD Maker (not available on all versions of Windows)
isoburn Windows Disc Image Burner

Launching Microsoft programs

You can run programs from the Run dialog box. created by Microsoft, the manufacturer of the Windows operating system.

Team Action to take
win word launching the Word text editor
excel opening the Excel spreadsheet editor

Opening individual folders, drives

The following set of Run commands will be useful for entering, using a dialog box, various folders in the Windows operating system.

Team Action to take
. a command consisting of a single dot to open the profile folder of the current user (“User”, “Masha”, “Ivan”, etc.) of the computer
.. command consisting of two dots to open the shared folder of the profile of all users (“Users”, “Users”) of the computer
\ opening the system drive “C:” using the backslash character (slash)
control folders setting folder options in File Explorer public folder management
recent view recently opened folders and files
appdata AppData folder
documents folder “Documents” (“My Documents”) of the current user
downloads Downloads folder
favorites Favorites folder
pictures folder “Pictures”
videos Video folder
music Music folder
3d object Bulk Objects folder in Windows 10

Launching Windows system functions, administration

This table lists the commands in the Run line that are related to working with the settings and tools of the Windows operating system.

Team Action to take
explorer launch file manager Windows Explorer
control launching the Windows Control Panel
msconfig opening the System Configuration utility
msinfo32 getting system information
mmc management console
sysdm.cpl properties of the system
control admintools administration
services.msc windows services
perfmon.msc system monitor
resmon resource monitor
comexp.msc component services
dcomcnfg Component Service setup
compmgmt.msc Launching the Computer Management snap-in
compmgmtlauncher computer management
diskmgmt.msc launch the Disk Management snap-in
netplwiz user account management
control userpasswords2 account management
shell:sendto opening the “Send” menu
eventvwr.msc event viewer
cmd run command line without admin privileges
powershell running Windows PowerShell without administrator privileges
regedit launch Registry Editor
gpedit.msc launching the Local Group Policy Editor (the component is present in Windows Pro and Windows Enterprise editions)
azman.msc Launch Authorization Manager
taskmgr launch task manager
devmgmt.msc launch Device Manager
taskschd.msc start Task Scheduler
control schedules control of running tasks in the Task Scheduler
utilman managing the settings of utilities included in the “Accessibility” group
appwiz.cpl opening the Programs and Features section of the Control Panel to remove or change programs using the system tools
sdclt backup and restore from an archive copy using Windows
recdisc creating a system recovery disk Windows 10 , Windows 8.1 , Windows 7
recovery drive creating a Windows 11 recovery drive
firewall.cpl configuring Windows Defender Firewall
wf.msc monitoring Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security
rstrui Starting System Restore from Windows Restore Points
log off Sign Out
shutdown /s shutdown Windows
shutdown /r shutdown and restart the operating system
perfmon /res system resource monitor: CPU, memory, disk, network
cleanmgr Windows Disk Cleanup
dfrgui disk defragmentation by means of the system
lpksetup install or remove Windows interface languages
certmgr.msc current user certificate management
shrpubw share creation wizard
credwiz archiving and restoring usernames and passwords
dpapimig protected content protection
lusrmgr.msc managing local users and groups
iexpress wizard for creating self-extracting archives
mrt launching the Malicious Software Removal Tool
sigverif file signature verification
rekeywiz file encryption certificate management (Encrypting File System – EFS)
secpol.msc local security policy
eudcedit character editor
control fonts view, delete, show or hide fonts
fonts open font folder
tpm.msc Trusted Platform Module (TRM) management on the local computer
intl.cpl select region and language
mstsc remote desktop connection
msra Windows Remote Assistance
useraccountcontrolsettings setting notifications about changes in computer settings
winter Windows operating system version information
wscui.cpl view recent messages and solve problems
computer defaults selection of default applications
slui Windows activation
optional features enable or disable Windows features
wscript Windows Script Host settings
wusa standalone update installer
cliconfig SQL Server network client program


Setup, check equipment, device and network

To configure devices, computer hardware, network, you need to access the device or system settings.

Finally, check out the commands for configuring, checking computer hardware, setting up devices, and networking.

Team Action to take
hdwwiz hardware installation wizard
dxdiag running DirectX diagnostics with DxDiag
verifier Driver Check Manager
mdsched checking RAM for errors using Windows tools
chkdsk Checking the disk for errors using Windows
systempropertiesadvanced advanced system settings
system properties performance performance management
systempropertiesdataexecutionprevention prevent data execution in performance settings
inetcpl.cpl configuring Internet settings
ncpa.cpl configuring network connection settings
control net connections network connection settings
control keyboard keyboard setting
control mouse setting the parameters of the manipulator “mouse”
main.cpl mouse options
control printers device and printer management
printui printer user interface
color cpl printer color management
timedate.cpl setting date and time settings
mmsys.cpl sound setting
sndvol volume mixer
desk.cpl screen setting, display resolution setting
dpiscaling display settings
dccw screen color calibration
displayswitch display projection setting
joy.cpl setting up game devices
irprops.cpl setting infrared communication parameters
powercfg.cpl power settings management
device pairing wizard adding a new device
fsquirt Bluetooth file transfer
msdt helpdesk diagnostic tool
tabletpc.cpl pen and tablet settings
fxscover fax cover page editor

If I missed something, you can add new commands for the Run menu in the comments to this article. I did not include some commands in the tables due to the fact that they did not work for me in the Windows 10 operating system.

Article Conclusions

To launch system tools and applications, the Run commands are used on the PC, with the help of which the user gets quick access to system tools. The article presents a large number of commands to perform the necessary actions in the Windows operating system.

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