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Command Prompt

How to Open a Command Prompt in Windows 7
Published by Brink
14 Dec 2008
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How to Open a Command Prompt in Windows 7

information   Information
This will show you how to open only a non-elevated a command prompt without administrator rights instead of an elevated command prompt with administrator rights (Run as administrator) in Windows 7.

warning   Warning
Some commands will need to be used in an elevated command prompt instead for them to work.

EXAMPLE: Command Prompt
NOTE: Notice how the command prompt opens to C:\Users\(user name) and not C:\Windows\System32 as a elevated command prompt with administrator rights.
Command Prompt-command_prompt.jpg

Command Prompt OPTION ONE Command Prompt
Open a Command Prompt from Start Menu
1. Open the Start Menu, click on All Programs, Accessories, and on Command Prompt. (aee screenshot below)
Command Prompt-start-menu.jpg

2. Open the Start Menu, type cmd in the search box and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
Command Prompt-search_box.jpg

Command Prompt OPTION TWO Command Prompt
Open a Command Prompt from the Context Menu of a Folder or Drive
1. Press and hold Shift, then right click on a folder or drive that you want to open the command prompt at that location for, and click on Open Command Prompt Here.
Command Prompt-folder_context_menu.jpgCommand Prompt-drive_context_menu.jpg

Command Prompt OPTION THREE Command Prompt
Open a Command Prompt from Task Manager
1. Open Task Manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).

2. Click on File (menu bar), then press and hold the CTRL key while clicking on New Task (Run...). (see screenshot below)
Command Prompt-task_manager.jpg
That's it,

11 Jan 2009   #1

Windows 7

All Programs, Accessories, Command Prompt is missing in my one im using Windows 32 bit but if i type in search box area cmd thn it showshow can i get this back in Accessories??
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11 Jan 2009   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello bmb,

You can right click on C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe and click on Send To and Dekstop (create shortcut) . Right click on the new shortcut and click on Rename, and name it Command Prompt. Now move the shortcut to the Start Menu All Programs - Accessories folder for all users.

Start Menu All Programs - Add or Delete Shortcuts

Hope this helps,
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11 Jan 2009   #3

Windows 7

Thanks Brink.....
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11 Jan 2009   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're welcome bmb. :)
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12 Jan 2009   #5

Windows 7 Build 7000 and Vista Home Premium
Open Command Window Here

Don't forget that if you want to open a command window in a certain place/folder without going through the directory or typing it in.... you can still do the SHIFT+RIGHT CLICK and click "OPEN COMMAND WINDOW HERE".... just like in Vista...

-just thought I would throw in my 2 cents worth

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12 Jan 2009   #6

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Thank you for the reminder Tay. Added

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30 Sep 2010   #7

MS Windows 7 Home x64

Nice, concise, and understandable even to me. Thanks.
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30 Sep 2010   #8

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome Marossity, and welcome to Seven Forums. :)
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09 Jan 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

Hey I can get my cmd open but it wont run the commands im giving like "ipconfig" I tried using help but it gave me the same response. That it is not recognized as an internal or external command operable program or batch file. Can anybody help me out?
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