20 Windows Run Commands User Should Know


1. “\”

This command will open up your C drive. Next time if you need to access the C drive on your computer simply press WINDOWS KEY+R and then just enter ‘\’ and it will open up the C drive for you.


Well, the above commands open up the user’s home folder. This one will open up the ‘Users Folder’ on the C drive. If you enter this command in a Run box then you will be able to select the ‘Admin’ and ‘Public’ Folder.

3. “.”

This command will open up the user’s home folder. By opening the home folder you can access Downloads, Documents, Desktop, Pictures, and Videos. This is the easiest way to open the Home folder.

4. netplwiz

If you need to open up the advanced user account settings then you just need to enter the command ‘netplwiz’. Well, the other way to open up Advanced User Account settings is by going through control panel which is bit lengthy process.

5. Calc

This command may be familiar to many. This will open up the calculator. Well, if you need to open the calculator you need to go to Start Button>Accessories>Calculator which seems to be a dull task. However, you can use ‘Calc’ command to open up the calculator immediately.

6. diskmgmt.msc

The command ‘diskmgmt.msc’ will open up the disk manager. Disk manager lets users clean things up on their system. You can create the new partition or can clean existing partition by going through disk management.

7. stikynot

This will open up Sticky Notes. Sticky Notes will be useful if you want to note down anything. Word documents or Notepad takes time to open up. However, Sticky notes stick to your desktop which makes it simple to note down anything easily. Users can use ‘stikynot’ to open up the Sticky Notes.

8. notepad

Users can open up notepad by typing ‘notepad’ in the run box. The other way to start notepad is to open the start menu and then selecting the notepad. However, typing notepad in a run box will help users in urgency.


This command will open up Wordpad on your system. Simply type in ‘write’ on Run dialogue box to open up the Wordpad.

10. control.exe /name Microsoft.Troubleshooting

If anything is not working fine on your computer, you need to troubleshoot that specific thing. Troubleshooting will possibly repair or find any existing fault on your computer. Users just need to type in ‘control.exe /name Microsoft.Troubleshooting’ in the run dialogue box to open up the troubleshooting settings.

11. perfmon.msc

This is known as performance command. This command can be used to check and monitor the performance of your system. You just need to open up the run dialog box and then type in perfmon.msc to monitor the system performance.

12. Powershell

Well, Powershell is the task automation and configuration management framework from Microsoft. This is much similar to the command prompt (CMD). On the run Dialog box, just type PowerShell and enjoy the features.

13. Control

Well, in windows 10 opening the control panel is a bit complicated. However, you can open the control panel with Control command. Just open the run dialog box and enter “control” without the quotation mark.

14. hdwwiz.cpl

To open the device manager in Windows, you need to go through various steps. However, you can use hdwwiz.cpl command to open the Device manager on your computer directly. With device manager, you can find all the connected device and can manage them.

15. CMD

Well, this command might be familiar to all windows users. Every Windows users have to deal with the command line sometimes. So, with CMD command, you can quickly open the command prompt without administrator privileges.

16. osk

Well, its true that sometimes in our lifetime, we have worked with the damaged keyboard. However, the osk command will help you out with that situation. This command will open up the on-screen keyboard on your computer.

17 gpedit.msc

This command will open up the Group Policy Editor on Windows computer. With Group Policy Editor, you can edit different Windows policies of a local or remote computer.

18 lusrmgr.msc

Well, if you are looking for a shortcut to open Local Users and Groups Manager on your Windows computer, then lusrmgr.msc is for you. This command will open the Local Users and Groups Manager where you can edit several properties of all the users and groups.

19 mrt

This command will open up the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool. Well, this tool will help you to clear some of the most popular malicious software from your Windows computer.

20 ncpa.cpl

If you work with multiple internet ethernet adapters on your Windows computer, then you might have to deal with network problems. So, ncpa.cpl command will open up the Network connection settings from where you can access all your Network adapters.

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