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    Command Prompt at Startup

    How to Open a Command Prompt at Boot in Windows 7
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    How to Open a Command Prompt at Boot in Windows 7

       Information
    This will show you how to open a command prompt at boot from the System Recovery Options or Advanced Boot Options screen in Windows 7.
       Note
    Command Prompt is a feature of Windows 7 that provides an entry point for typing MS‑DOS (Microsoft Disk Operating System) commands and other computer commands. The most important thing to know is that by typing commands, you can perform tasks on your computer without using the Windows 7 graphical interface (GUI). Command Prompt is typically only used by advanced users.





    OPTION ONE

    To Open a Command Prompt at Boot

    1. Boot from either your Windows 7 installation disc or Windows 7 System Repair Disc, and press Shift + F10 when at either screen below.
    Command Prompt at Startup-step3.jpg

    Command Prompt at Startup-step4.jpg
    A) Go to step 3.
    OR

    2. Boot to the System Recovery Options screen, and select the Command Prompt option. (see screenshot below)
    Command Prompt at Startup-command.jpg
    A) Continue on to step 3.
    3. A command prompt window will now open. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: To exit and restart to the Windows 7 logon screen, close the command prompt window and click on the Restart button on the screenshot below step 2.
    Command Prompt at Startup-command_prompt-1.jpg




    OPTION TWO

    To Boot to "Safe Mode with Command Prompt"


       Note
    This starts Windows 7 in safe mode with a command prompt window instead of the usual Windows interface.
    1. Boot to the Advanced Boot Options screen.

    2. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
    Command Prompt at Startup-command-2.jpg
    3. Windows 7 will now start loading Safe Mode with Command Prompt. (See screenshot below)
    Command Prompt at Startup-command-3.jpg
    4. When finished, you are now in Safe Mode with Command Prompt. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: To exit from here, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete or type Exit and press Enter to restart the computer.
    Command Prompt at Startup-safe-mode_command-4.jpg
    That's it,
    Shawn









  1. Posts : 50
    Microsoft Windows 6.1 (Build 6801)
       #1

    You can always open a command prompt during install by pressing Shift+F10
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  2. Posts : 49
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
       #2

    Great tutorial.
    Thanks a lot!.

    Brink & MegaFixer, The "SHIFT+F10" is a great tip.
    Last edited by need4steer; 27 Oct 2010 at 10:46.
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  3. Posts : 5
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
       #3

    MegaFixer said:
    You can always open a command prompt during install by pressing Shift+F10
    I tried this the other day, trying to set up a VHD that I can boot from, and when I'm at the start of the windows 7 installation screen I press shift+f10 and nothing happens.

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  4. Posts : 70,190
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Hello Zeph, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    You could also select the Command Prompt option instead in step 3 of Option Two to be able to open a command prompt at boot.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  5. Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
       #5

    MegaFixer Shift+F10 tip is very important to me, and thank you for that man!
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  6. Posts : 2
    windows7
       #6

    i have tried option2 but it is not showing command prompt instead it is showing normal windows login screen.
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  7. Posts : 70,190
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Hello Ankitgoyal, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    How does OPTION ONE work for you? It would be a better option. :)
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  8. Posts : 2
    windows7
       #8

    Thanks Brink,
    Actually I have forgot my account password and I want to enable my built-in admin account so that i can reset my account's password from there. will i be able to do it with option 1?
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  9. Posts : 70,190
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Ankitgoyal,

    To reset the password, you might see if these may help better instead. :)

    Password Reset

    or

    Reset User Account Password - Vista Forums
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