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Windows 7: Deleted something

20 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
Deleted something


I've been very stupid, And accidentally deleted my Command Prompt (CMD). I was wondering how do I possibly get It back?

Thank you,

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Type CMD in the start button search box.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2012   #3
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

do you mean the shortcut for it in your start-menu?

have you looked in your recycle bin?

alternatively, just type cmd into your start-menu searchbox

*edit oops iggy got there first - you don't need capitals

it's easy to make yourself a new shortcut too - ask for help if you need it
My System SpecsSystem Spec

20 Jan 2012   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Dawn,

In addition, if it was a shortcut in the Start Menu, you could also use the tutorial below to restore the Command Prompt shortcut if you didn't want to manually create a new one.

Start Menu All Programs in Windows 7 - Restore Default Shortcuts

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.

It wasn't a shortcut.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2012   #6


If the excellent suggestions above don't work, you can do a System Restore. That should restore your Command Prompt.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2012   #7
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

how did you delete it?

what exactly did you delete? cmd.exe?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.

Right, So I putted the cmd.exe in my desktop. I was going to delete this file, I didin't want but accidentally selected the CMD as well. Then I putted It in the " Bin ". And deleted everything In the bin, But then I suddenly realised that the cmd was In the bin as well.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2012   #9
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

here's a copy of a cmd.exe from a 32bit system.

put it in windows/system32
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2012   #10

XP / Win7 x64 Pro

Try a system restore as stated above to a time before you did this, or you can extract the cmd.exe from the windows installation cd and copy it back to your system directory.

Extract Files from Windows 7 Installation DVD

Or, if you're into trusting people on the internet in providing a core system utility, grab Mickey's copy above.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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